If you like Leica cameras and like to watch movies and TV shows with the best picture quality possible, you will like this.
Leica just announced the Cine 1, a projector for home theatres that has an ultra-short throw.
Ultra-short-throw projectors are made to be easy to use. They don’t need to be mounted on the ceiling or take up a lot of room because they can project a large image (80 or 100 inches in this case) up from just a few inches away.
It makes sense that an optical company would make this kind of projector. Because ultra-short-throw projectors need to make large, clear images from a short distance, they need a lot of optical know-how. A company like Leica is a good choice because it has a lot of optical know-how.
Even though there aren’t many official details yet, The Verge talked to Leica and found out that there will be two models, both of which will be able to do 4K at 60 Hz. One will project a 100-inch image at 2,500 lumens from 12 inches away and cost $7,900, while the other will project an 80-inch image at 2,100 lumens from 6 inches away and cost $6,900.
Both projectors have a triple RGB laser light engine, a DLP chip from Texas Instruments, and a 30-millisecond latency.
Expect three HDMI ports, one of which is HDMI 2.1 with eARC, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and an integrated tuner with a DVB-CI slot. There will also be a Dolby Atmos sound.
Photography fans will probably be most interested in the Summicron projection lens, which has aspherical elements and is built to Leica’s high engineering standards. We don’t know much about the projector’s visuals, like whether it supports HDR, beyond the lens and laser technology, but we hope to learn more soon.
The Cine 1 will be available in the second quarter of 2023.