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Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector Provides Picture-Perfect Presentations of Paintings

canon-realis-sx6-maryland.jpgStudents pursuing a graduate degree in art history at the University of Maryland‘s flagship campus in College Park carefully study the detail and color of world-famous artworks, most of which they‘ve never seen in their original versions. Providing students with an accurate visual reproduction of the color and detail subtleties of art masterpieces is essential, which is why the university‘s Department of Art History and Archaeology chose the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector.

“Art historians are a little unusual in their almost manic devotion to having a well-reproduced image of the original,” explained Quint Gregory, curator of the Department‘s Visual Resources Center. “We‘re studying and presenting things that are designed to be seen in person, but we‘re not actually seeing them in person. For this reason, we want to create a surrogate that is quite good, and that‘s why we care so much. One of our reps set up a demo with the Canon REALiS SX6 where we put it side-by-side with our best projector at the time. It was truly a night-and-day comparison. From the moment the Canon REALiS SX6 was turned on, I thought ‘Wow! That is what it‘s supposed to look like!‘ ”

Gregory reports impressive results with the control over the hue and saturation of colors provided by the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector. “It blew me away,” he stated. “Being able to set the color at six different critical points gives us a level of control over how the image is going to look that is unprecedented. I‘ve never experienced that before from a projector. It allowed us to push the projector in a way I didn‘t think we would be able to. What was already great color reproduction became fantastic color reproduction. If anyone asks about a projection, I feel very confident about saying, ‘You‘re seeing it exactly as it‘s supposed to be seen.‘ ”

Sweetness In Light
“Creating a great image is our main concern,” Gregory explained. “The AISYS-enhanced LCOS system, especially when combined with the Canon optics, is just brilliant. I have high praise for the engineers who came up with that for the REALiS line; it‘s a really well-put-together machine.”

The AISYS-enhanced LCOS display technology of the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector provided Gregory with welcome relief from the “screen-door effect,” a lattice-like grid produced by some LCD and DLP projectors that imprints images with the appearance of being viewed through a screen door. This had plagued the DLP projector previously used by the department. “I know from my own understanding of optics as an art historian that the screen-door effect actually impacts your perception of color, the intensity of color, and the saturation and integrity of the object viewed,” noted Gregory. “The REALiS SX6 was able to minimize that, and it was a big leap forward in projecting images on the screen that really came close to being a true reproduction of a work of art.”

“It‘s hard to talk about an artist such as Rembrandt and his late paintings and his brushwork, the almost chemical melding of different colors, and not be able to show that in the detail,” he continued. “When you bring up a detail of his painting, you want students to see the texture, to see the colors accurately reproduced. They‘re unpacking those objects with their eyes and their minds, and engaging them and trying to make sense of them, and put them in a meaningful context. In order for students to do that, they‘ve got to be able to see these images well, and that‘s why the projection is so important. That‘s why the detail is important, and that‘s why color is so incredibly important. And that‘s why the REALiS SX6 is such a perfect fit.”

The Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector has been nicknamed “Sweetness in Light” by Gregory and the Department, which may outfit several classrooms with REALiS Multimedia Projectors in the near future. “For the longest time, the weak link in our chain has been the projectors,” he concluded. “What the REALiS SX6 has done is shift the chain and make the emphasis turn to the production of images, to make sure they are good enough for the projector.”

For more information about the REALiS SX6 visit our website: www.usa.canon.com/projectors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2007’, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune‘s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.

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