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Canon launches new portable projector not under their Rayo line

By Ken Wong - on 15 Sep 2020, 3:42pm

Canon launches new portable projector not under their Rayo line

Image courtesy of Canon.

The old adage used to be “Go big or go home”, but in the world of projectors, we are increasingly seeing vendors, “Go small and go anywhere”.

Canon has just launched the Canon MP250 mini projector in Singapore. The MP250 is a wireless, mini short-throw projector that Canon is targeting at families looking to screen movies at home, presentations in small offices and professionals conducting presentations on the go. This isn’t Canon’s first foray into the mini projector space with the company having previously launched four other models under the Rayo brand.

Other vendors have also been launching these short-throw portable projectors, although Sony has been adamant so far about not following the others.

 

Features can help it stand out 

Image courtesy of Canon.

At just 407g, the MP250 has a built-in rechargeable 3,100mAh battery that supplies up to two hours of video playback even at full 250 lumens of brightness.

It can handle up to 4K video input sources although the output is in WVGA with a display resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It can project images at a distance from 0.5 metres to 3 metres, creating an image as small as 16.1 inches to as large as 93 inches.

Connectivity options include HDMI, USB-A port, MicroSD, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There are also built-in mono speakers. But since they are not stereo, I think connecting a Bluetooth set would be a good idea to enhance the viewing experience.

Image courtesy of Canon.

What is especially handy is the large touchpad that supports cursor navigation and virtual keyboard entry. It makes quick navigation of long menus and websites possible without the use of external input devices like having to try to navigate menus using a remote control. However, external input peripherals like keyboards and mice are also supported via USB or Bluetooth connection.

 

Pricing and Availability

Image courtesy of Canon.

The MP250 is now available at the recommended retail price of S$699 on the Canon eShop and from selected Challenger stores.

Canon MP250 projector specifications
Number of pixels 854 x 480
Light source LED
Screen size 16.1 to 93 inches
Light output 250 lumens
Dynamic contrast 400:1
Dimensions 120 x 120 x 33 mm
Weight  407g