The VW715ES offers motorized focus and zoom as well as plenty of horizontal and vertical lens shift. Horizontal and vertical lens shift further increases the model’s installation flexibility.
Lens Shift Range: +85/-80% Vertical and +/-33% Horizontal
When projecting a 100″ diagonal 16:9 image, 80% of the image height is approximately 39 inches, while 85% of its width is about 41 ½ inches. This means the bottom of the projected image can be shifted down 39 inches, or you can shift the top of the image up 41 ½ inches.
While +/- 33% horizontal shift means you can shift a 100” image to the left or right about 28 inches. Just remember, like most projectors, the more horizontal shift you use, the less vertical adjustment you will have available.
Having a large amount of zoom and shift capability makes installation a breeze, especially when you are trying to replace an older unit that was previously fixed mounted.
You can save multiple configurations for even more flexibility thanks to the Lens Memory function (accessible from the menus or the Position button on the remote control).
Sony does have two quality levels of optics. The VPL-VW715ES uses the standard lens while the ARC-F (All Range Crisp Focus) lens is Sony’s premium projector lens and is used in Sony’s more expensive models like the VW995ES and the VW5000ES.
The ARC-F ensures excellent, outstanding focus across the entire screen and significantly reduced chromatic aberration (color fringing) to deliver a sharper projected image in those more premium models. A laser light source and the ARC-F lens are the main reason why the VW995ES costs about 3 times more than the VW715ES.
Like Sony’s other 4K home theater projectors, the VPL-VW715ES includes minimal inputs and connectors. A pair of 18Gbps HDMI 2.0b/HDCP 2.2 compatible inputs allow playback of 4K@60 HDP content. This is fine since most projectors at this price point will be used in a full-blown home theater system. All the sources (STB, media player, game system, etc.) will likely be connected to an AV receiver that will feed video to the VW715ES via a single HDMI anyway.