Sony HMZ-T1 preview from the Sony Store at Upper Canada Mall- David Susilo
Newmarket: September 12th, 2011
The most interesting item at the new Sony flagship concept store at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, in my opinion is the Sony HMZ-T1 OLED Head Mount Display. The head-mounted display, initially introduced as a prototype back in January 2011 at CES in Las Vegas and also at IFA 2011 in Berlin, has finally turned into a real product.
This HMD device is aimed at gamers and TV watchers, generating a 3D image with use of a pair of 0.7-inch OLED panels, which each display separate images, resulting in video image with zero ghosting / crosstalk that always comes along with 3D displays. The device is a solid piece of hardware, just what one would expect from Sony with an estimated price of CDN$ 799 when it hits the Canada around the pre-Christmas time frame.
Although the resolution on this Head Mounted Display is 720p, pixel structure is virtually invisible even when I try very hard to look for it. Of course, I hope one day soon the 1080p version will be available although it is not really necessary since the motion resolution of 720p making this 720p display almost imperceptible to a regular 1080p projector (which tend to only have about 800p of motion resolution).
Unlike Sony’s official claim of a virtual “750″ screen viewed from 65-ft away”, from my personal experience of this unit’s demo at the Sony Store, it’s like viewing an 9-ft screen from about 9-ft away (better than my experience at IFA, which was like viewing an 85" screen from 9-ft away -- I don't know the reason behind it). However, every person’s perception may differ so my experience may be different than yours. The bands around the back are an improvement over the CES prototype design and fit around my head easily enough although it is still a tad front-heavy. The picture also looks brighter and more colourful, with much improved contrast compared to the product’s CES prototype. Strangely enough, the 3D image also seems to contain a bit more depth than I saw at CES 2011 but not as much as commercial theatre, which I personally welcome in a big way.
Photos and Article by David Susilo
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