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VPL-FHZ55 4,000 lumens WUXGA 3LCD Laser projector

Sony's new 3LCD Laser Light Source Projector is now available in Australia.

HCC The new model, VPL-FHZ55, is a WUXGA-class (1920 x 1200) installation projector based on a blue laser light source, and Sony claim it's the world’s first 3LCD laser projector.

As you can see from all the connections this projector is designed to be installed. The Contrast Ratio is not up there with the best home theatre projectors but that's not the target market.

Capable of 4,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-FHZ55 is one of the brightest projectors of its kind, it also delivers a range of performance capabilities that eliminate many issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection.

3LCD “3LCD laser projection technology really marks a shift in the market. It produces images of extremely high white light and colour light output for optimal colour performance compared to other forms of laser or hybrid projection. Combine this with the benefits of laser, like the almost instant on/off capabilities and the absence of a conventional lamp makes 3LCD laser projectors virtually maintenance-free and eco-friendly,” said Alex Lofts, Product Manager Visual Presentation, Australia and New Zealand. “Combined with the right mix of operational and design features, the results are 3LCD laser projectors like the VPL-FHZ55 deliver superior quality and usability - which is ideal for applications in education, corporate organisations or museums. Laser with 3LCD technology really takes projectors to the next level of development.”


The projector’s light engine uses blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that, in turn, creates white light. The white light is delivered to a 3LCD optical system, generating constant, vibrant RGB colour through a light splitting process. The resulting 4,000 lumens output produces brightness sufficient for a broad range of commercial applications.

The VPL-FHZ55 offers virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours* of expected light source, display device and filter use. This frees users from the worry of lamp change, and provides a good return on investment with a low total cost of ownership. This is especially important in the corporate, entertainment, museum, hospitality and education sectors, where the projector is used for extended periods of time.

In line with Sony’s efforts to drive greater environmental-friendliness in its projectors range, the mercury-free VPL-FHZ55 comes equipped with energy efficient features such as;
• Auto Light Dimming, which dims light output to as low as 5% when left powered on without use;
• Auto Brightness Adjustment, which adjusts illumination to the picture presented; and
• Constant Brightness Mode, which allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000 hours* life by driving the projector at reduced light output.

Using a laser light source also enables the greatest operability of the projector. It can be switched on or off in an instant, resuming to full brightness easily without any limitations in the number or duration of on/off cycles. The Constant Brightness Mode allows stable projection useful for applications including digital signage, museums or even classrooms, where it is critical to maintain a consistent visual experience for viewers.

Users of the VPL-FHZ55 enjoy supreme installation flexibility – “tilt angle free” capability lets it be positioned freely at any angle, on its side, or even upside down for seamless installation in nearly any setting. Combined with 1.6x standard zoom lens, V:+60% H:+/-32% lens shift, built-in edge-blending and geometric correction, the projector is fully capable of advanced commercial integration.

It’s ideal for a wide range of installation needs, producing bright, detail-packed WUXGA images with a resolution that’s higher than Full HD. So your audience only sees big, beautiful pictures, not pixels.

The environmentally-friendly laser light source is teamed with 3LCD BrightEra™ technology by Sony. You’ll see the difference with superb image quality and 4000 lumen brightness, plus exceptional contrast and consistent colour stability.

What’s more, the laser light source typically is rated for a typical 20,000 hours operating life – far longer than the lamp in traditional projectors.

Dramatically reduced maintenance requirements are complemented by a range of energy-saving feature, significantly driving down total lifetime ownership costs.

The Sony VPL-FHZ55 fits smoothly into almost any environment – from academic institutions, corporate, medical and public sector organisations to visitor attractions and retail spaces. Seamlessly blend images from multiple projectors to create super-sized displays, or even project true, accurate images onto curved surfaces. Install the projector at any angle – even on its side or upside down.

Technical Specifications

Please be aware that the features/specifications can vary.


Display system

Display system 3 LCD system

Display device

Size of effective display area 0.76 in (19.3 mm) x 3 BrightEra LCD Panel, Aspect ratio: 16:10
Number of pixels 6,912,000 (1920 x 1200 x 3) pixels

Projection lens*1

Focus Manual
Zoom - Powered/Manual Manual
Zoom - Ratio Approx. x 1.6
Throw ratio 1.39:1 to 2.23:1
Lens shift - Powered/Manual Manual
Lens shift - Range Vertical +60%
Lens shift - Range Horizontal +/- 32%

Light source

Type Laser diode

Filter cleaning / replacement cycle (Max.)*2

Filter cleaning / replacement cycle (Max.) 20000 H (cleaning)

Screen size*1

Screen size 40in to 600in (1.02 m to 15.24 m) (measured diagonally)

Light output

Lamp mode: High 4000 lm
Lamp mode: Standard 3000 lm

Color light output

Lamp mode: High 4000 lm
Lamp mode: Standard 3000 lm

Contrast ratio (full white / full black)*3

Contrast ratio (full white / full black)*3 8000:1

Displayable scanning frequency

Horizontal 14 kHz to 93 kHz
Vertical 47 Hz to 93 Hz

Display resolution

Computer signal input Maximum display resolution: 1920 x 1200 dots *4
Video signal input NTSC, PAL, SECAM, 480/60i, 576/50i, 480/60p, 576/50p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 1080/24p

Color system

Color system NTSC3.58, PAL, SECAM, NTSC4.43, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL60

Keystone correction (Max.)

Vertical +/- 30 degrees
Horizontal +/- 30 degrees

OSD language

OSD language 24-languages (English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic, Farsi, Finnish, Indonesian, Hungarian, Greek)

INPUT OUTPUT (Computer/Video/Control)

INPUT A RGB / YPbPr input connector: 5BNC (female)
Audio input connector: Stereo mini jack
INPUT B RGB input connector: Mini D-sub 15-pin (female)
Audio input connector: Stereo mini jack (shared with INPUT C)
INPUT C DVI-D input connector: DVI-D 24-pin (Single link), HDCP support
Audio input connector: Stereo mini jack (shared with INPUT B)
INPUT D HDMI input connector: HDMI 19-pin, HDCP support
S VIDEO IN S video input connector: Mini DIN 4-pin
Audio input connector: Pin jack (x2) (shared with VIDEO IN)
VIDEO IN Video input connector: Pin jack
Audio input connector: Pin jack (x2) (shared with S VIDEO IN)
OUTPUT Monitor output connector*5: Mini D-sub 15-pin (female)
Audio output connector*6: Stereo mini jack (variable out)
REMOTE RS-232C connector: D-sub 9-pin (female)
IR (Control S) Control S input connector: Stereo mini jack

Acoustic noise

Lamp mode: Standard 35 dB

Operating temperature / Operating humidity

Operating temperature / Operating humidity 0C to 40C (32F to 104F) / 35% to 85% (no condensation

Storage temperature / Storage humidity

Storage temperature / Storage humidity -20C to +60C (-4F to +140F) / 10% to 90% (no condensation)

Power requirements

Power requirements AC 100 V to 240 V, 4.6 A to 1.9 A, 50/60 Hz

Power consumption

AC 100 V to 120 V Lamp mode: High: 449 W
AC 100 V to 120 V Lamp mode: High: 426 W

Power Consumption (Standby Mode)

AC 100 V to 120 V 0.2 W (when Standby mode is set to Low)
AC 220 V to 240 V 0.3 W (when Standby mode is set to Low)

Power Consumption (Networked Standby Mode)

AC 100 V to 120 V 8.5 W (LAN) (when Standby Mode is set to Standard)
AC 220 V to 240 V 9.5 W (LAN) (when Standby Mode is set to Standard)

Standby Mode / Networked Standby Mode Activated

Standby Mode / Networked Standby Mode Activated After about 10 Minutes

Heat dissipation

AC 100 V to 120 V 1528 BTU/h
AC 220 V to 240 V 1450 BTU/h

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Dimensions (W x H x D) (without protrusions) Approx. 390 x 134 x 487 mm (15 11/32 x 5 9/32 x 19 3/16 inches)


Mass Approx. 11 kg (25 lb)

Supplied accessories

Remote commander RM-PJ19

Optional accessories

Projection lenses VPLL-Z2009/Z1024/Z1032
Projection lens adapter PK-F30LA1


*1 With supplied standard lens
*2 This figure is expected maintenance time, not guaranteed time. The actual value depends on the environment and how the projector is used.
*3 The value is average.
*4 Available for VESA Reduced Blanking signal.
*5 From INPUT A and INPUT B.
*6 Works as an audio switcher function. Output from a selected channel; not available in standby.


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