Founded in 1849 by Ernst Leitz and Carl Kellner, the Leica brand specializes in cameras and optics, and many people have (re)discovered the brand a few years ago, via Xiaomi recently but also Huawei a few years ago. Last summer, the Leica brand also launched its first smartphone in Japan, the Leitz Phone 1. Today, Leica is investing in another market, that of home cinema.
A laser projector from Leica
Indeed, Leica Camera AG wishes to make a place for itself in the television market, with its first laser video projector: Ciné 1. According to the brands, this new video projector, which is based on a triple RGB laser technology, will offer “exceptionally bright images and stunning color rendering with a lifespan of over 25,000 hours“.
Concretely, the Leica Cine 1 will be able to display an image in 4K quality, with a diagonal between 80 and 100″. Obviously, there is a Summicron lens with aspherical elements, manufactured in accordance with Leica standards, not to mention Dolby Atmos audio compatibility.
On board the Ciné 1, there is also an integrated TV tuner, not to mention all the network connectivity necessary to enjoy the joys of streaming. We can also connect video game consoles and other Blu-Ray players on the HDMI connection, not to mention USB ports for external storage media.
In these times of energy shortage, the Leica Cine 1 is also intended to be more sober than an OLED Smart TV, thanks to its short-range laser technology. On the look side, we find here a solid aluminum casing, equipped with a thin dust protection to protect the lens, as well as perforated plates on the sides for better audio output and efficient ventilation.
The Leica Ciné 1 will be available in Europe from the second quarter of 2023. It remains to know the selling price…