I consider the Canon Realis WUX450ST to be a rather specialized installation class projector suitable for certain business and education applications. It uses LCoS imaging technology and a conventional lamp-based light engine. This model is smaller and lighter than the "heavy metal" class of installation projectors and this model does not support interchangeable lenses, as found on many of the higher-end installation projectors, including several models from Canon Although some of the Canon product literature says this model has a 1.35:1 zoom lens, actually it has a 8.8 mm fixed focal length lens providing a throw ratio of 0.56:1.
Canon describes this projector as follows:
"Ideal for a variety of markets and applications including higher education, business, training, digital signage and museums, the Canon REALiS WUX450ST Pro AV LCOS Projector displays large, high-impact images even in challenging installation environments. It can fit comfortably behind a presenter to eliminate long cable runs. The impressive combination of high brightness, short-throw ratio with significant lens shift, all in a compact form factor, allow this projector to stand apart from other short-throw projectors on the market today."
Canon also offers a REALiS WUX450ST D that is otherwise the same projector, but with the addition of support for DICOM Simulation picture mode, as used for medical education/training purposes.
The WUX450ST received our special interest award as being a great choice for those potential buyers looking for a business/education/commercial installation-class projector, as long as they can accommodate the fixed 0.56:1 throw ratio this model requires.
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