About the Optoma UHZ50
Upsize your games and movies
Upsize your games and movies
I love playing couch co-op games with my husband, but our 55-inch TV just feels so small with a split screen. The UHZ50 is a great option for gamers who want to upsize their play area. It has an input response time of 16.7ms for 4K at 60Hz or a lightning fast 4ms for 1080p at 240Hz — great for fast-paced console or PC gaming. It also has a dedicated game mode that optimizes settings for better shadow detail — so you can actually see what else is in that dark cave with you.
This projector is a great upgrade for movie nights, too. It offers a 4K UHD picture with support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) so you get lifelike color and detail on screens up to 300 inches. Its laser light source produces 3,000 lumens of brightness, so you can enjoy a vivid picture even in rooms with some ambient light. Plus, that laser offers up to 30,000 hours of maintenance-free life.
Optoma's UHZ50 projector can make your couch co-op experience much more enjoyable.
The UHZ50 includes access to apps via the Optoma Marketplace so you can use streaming services like Netflix® and YouTube without having to hook up a separate source. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility means you can control the projector's basic commands with your voice control device of choice.
DLP micromirror technology
If you've been to a movie theater in the last twenty years, there's a good chance you've seen a DLP (Digital Light Processing) projector in action. Those professional projectors are massive and expensive, and they feature three DLP imaging chips — one each for the red, green, and blue color primaries.
Most home DLP projectors, including the UHZ50, use a single DLP chip with a color wheel to reproduce the full color spectrum. The underlying technology sounds like something out of science fiction: DLP chips use millions of tiny mirrors to control the individual pixels that make up the image.
The way it does 4K
The chip in this projector has a native pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. To display all the pixels needed for 4K, each frame of video is split horizontally and vertically four ways, and they're displayed very rapidly one after the other, with the pixels shifted diagonally. Your eyes perceive it as a single fluid image containing all of the original detail in the 4K video signal.
The UHZ50 sets up easily on a table, or you can pick up a bracket and ceiling-mount it. The projector's built-in speakers help facilitate a quick setup. But if you want a little more, use the optical digital audio or minijack audio output to connect to a sound system. It has three HDMI inputs for connecting your high-definition sources. And one input is compatible with enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for added flexibility if you do want to connect a separate sound system.
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- uses single-chip DLP system with XPR pixel-shifting technology to display true 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160)
- DuraCore laser light source delivers crisp image quality, instant on/off, and 30,000-hour life span
- widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
- recommended image size: 35" to 300"
- light output: 3,000 lumens
- ISF modes let you save calibrated settings for day and night viewing
- wall color settings adjusts image to compensate for different wall colors
- 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
- HDR-compatible for lifelike texture and detail (HDR10 and HLG)
- supports 3D content
- built-in Android™ OS lets you access your favorite streaming services like Netflix and YouTube without having to hook up a separate source
- compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices for voice control (sold separately)
- input response time of 16.7ms for 4K/60Hz or 4ms for 1080p/240Hz
- game display mode optimizes projector for maximum contrast and vivid colors
- 1.3X zoom lens
- vertical lens shift: +10%
- horizontal and vertical keystone correction: +/- 40°
- Creative Cast screen mirroring lets you display content from your compatible phone, tablet, or laptop
- 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs
- HDMI 1 input supports ARC (Audio Return Channel)/eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel)
- 3 Type-A USB ports
- 3.5mm stereo minijack output for connecting to a sound bar or home stereo system
- RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
- detachable power cord
- RJ-45 Ethernet port for a wired network connection
- S/PDIF optical digital audio output
- 12-volt trigger output for controlling a motorized screen
- Kensington™ lock port to prevent theft
- 27dB cooling fan
- built-in speakers (5 watts x 2)
- backlit remote control
- projection method: front, upside down
- can be ceiling-mounted with bracket (sold separately)
- 13-3/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 13"D (includes allowance for cable connections)
- weight: 10.6 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years parts & labor on the projector; 5 years or 12,000 hours on the laser light source (whichever comes first)
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # UHZ50
What's in the box:
- Video projector
- 6' AC power cord
- Remote control
- CR2025 battery
- USB/WiFi adapter
- Quick Start User Manual
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Features & specs
|Native Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Resolution with Pixel Shift||4K UHD (8.3 million pixels)|
|Picture Size Range||35-300|
|3D-Capable||Active (emitter built in)|
|Brightness (in ANSI Lumens)||3000|
|Mounting Options and Design|
|Ultra Short Throw||No|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)|
|Next-gen Gaming Features|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)||No|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)||No|
|4K/120Hz HDMI Inputs||None|
|Smart TV Features|
|Apple TV App||No|
|Apple AirPlay 2||No|
|Audio Return Channel||eARC supported|
|Wireless HDMI Input||No|
|Audio Output||3.5mm, Optical|
|USB Media Port||3|
|Approximate Lamp Life||20000-30000 hrs|
|Vertical Lens Shift||Yes|
|Horizontal Lens Shift||No|
|Vertical Keystone Correction||Yes|
|Horizontal Keystone Correction||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home or Carry-in|
DLP Laser Projector: The Optoma UHZ50 projector incorporates DLP technology from Texas Instruments (TI), which creates razor sharp pictures and amazing videos with incredible colors and brightness, while also providing reliability and longevity. It can be used with 35" to 300" screen sizes.
- DLP is a reflective technology and can deliver images with both high native ANSI contrast (2,500,000:1) and exceptional brightness (3000 lumens), creating a picture that is natural and life-like.
- Video and graphics produced by the latest DLP technology are sharper because the mirrors on the DLP chip are so close together that the gaps between pixels in an image are less noticeable. Spaced less than one micron apart, its mirrors create a crisp, detailed image.
- The inherent speed of DLP technology means that Optoma projector can output video and images at an astonishing rate of 240Hz (1080p), 120Hz (1080p), or 60Hz (4K) for clear and seamless motion.
DuraCore Laser Light Source: A DuraCore Laser light source eliminates lamp and filter replacements for up to 30,000 hours of maintenance-free operation with consistent brightness, stunning color and exceptional image quality throughout the life of the projector. The UHZ50 powers on nearly instantly with full brightness thanks to its DuraCore Laser light source, unlike lamp projectors that need warming up. Engineered for the ultimate home theater, the incredibly bright DuraCore Laser light source delivers an amazing visual experience at any hour of the day.
- Optoma DuraCore Laser projectors have a sealed, dust resistant optical engine to ensure excellent reliability.
- The DuraCore Laser light source maintains stable brightness (3000 lumens) and color performance over the life of the projector without regressive decay like lamps.
- Up to 30,000 hours (Eco mode) or 20,000 hours (Bright mode) of light source life ensures many years of reliable operation without lamp replacements.
Note: Optoma laser projectors use high-quality lasers to create the projected image. In many situations the perceived brightness from laser illumination projectors can be twice that of an equivalent lamp-based model. They also deliver increased efficiency to maintain consistent brightness, superior color performance, instant on/off and an extraordinary life span of up to 30,000
Projection Lens: The Optoma UHZ50 features projection lens with a focal length of 12.81mm to 16.74mm and throw ratio of 1.21:1 to 1.59:1. The projection lens offers a 1.3x zoom with a manual zoom lever and focus ring to make sure your projected image looks great on screen. The lens has a focus distance of 3.9' to 26.5'.
- Lens Shift: To adjust the image position on-screen, turn the lens shift dial clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the position of the projected image vertically.
- Keystone Correction: The projector offers manual and auto keystone correction. Keystone Correction adjusts the image distortion caused by tilting the projector. It has a vertical and horizontal keystone correction of +/- 30 degrees.
- Four Corner: This setting allows the projected image to be adjusted from each corner to make a square image when the projection surface is not level.
- 3x3 Warp: This setting djust the image distortion by 9 points of geometric correction.
XPR 4K Pixel-Shift Technology: Texas Instrument's XPR Technology is a pixel-shifting technology that helps the DLP laser projector achieve CTA (Consumer Technology Association) approved 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. XPR Technology utilizes lightning fast pixel-shifting that creates pixels horizontally and vertically in 4-ways to perfectly quadruple the DLP laser projector's 0.47" DMD 1080p chip and generate 8.3 million distinct pixels on-screen. That's 4x more detail than Full HD 1080p and more than 2x the detail of Epson's 4K Pro UHD technology, which delivers just 4.1 million pixels.
Note: The Optoma UHZ50 is not Native 4K. It uses pixel-shifting technology to create a 4K display image from a 1080p DLP chip.
Amazing Color Technology: Watch your movies, TV shows and play games with stunning colors in any environment. Optoma projectors provide reliable performance suitable for any content and environment. The UHZ50 is capable of reproducing the Rec.709 color gamut, the international HDTV standard to guarantee accurate reproduction of cinematic color exactly as the director intended. It can even produce more saturated colors for a more vibrantlooking image, great for gaming and animated movies.
- BrilliantColor: BrilliantColor technology utilizes a new color-processing algorithm and enhancements to enable higher brightness while providing true, more vibrant colors in picture.
- CMS (Color Management System): Its CMS (Color Management System) displays accurate lifelike colors to best match your viewing content and environment; this unique feature provides you with the flexibility to fine-tune the color settings for optimal precision.
Dynamic Black Technology: Dynamic Black Technology gives more depth to your image by smoothly adjusting the laser output, based on the brightness information of each frame. As a result, the Optoma UHZ50 DLP laser projector can create a stunning high contrast ratio of 2,500,000:1. Bright scenes appear crisp and clear, while dark scenes remain detailed with deep blacks and exceptional light and shade detail.
PureMotion (24p): Using sophisticated frame-interpolation technology, advanced motion control processing eliminates motion blurring or image judder, even in high-speed action consequentialness is a form of video processing with an attempt to make video filmed in 24fps to be more smooth and to compensate for motion blur. The processing will generate transitional frames in between the existing ones to reduce motion judder. You will enjoy smooth fast-moving scenes with PureMotion.
Note: PureMotion is only supported by the HDMI 3 input.
HDR Compatible: The Optoma UHZ50 is capable of receiving and displaying HDR content via its HDMI 2.0 input. HDR (High Dynamic Range) enhances the image brightness and contrast for more detail and texture with a greater sense of depth in order to produce a more natural and life like image. The projector is compatible with HDR10 and HLG formats (not compatible with HDR10+ or Dolby Vision). You can choose between 4 HDR Picture Modes to adjust the dynamic range according to the video content or environment.
- Bright: Choose the Bright Mode for brighter and more saturated colors.
- Standard: Choose Standard Mode for natural looking colors with a balance of warm and cool tones.
- Film: Choose Film Mode for improved improved motion and film-like image.
- Detail: Choose Detail Mode for improved detail and image sharpness.
Enhanced Gaming Mode: Enhanced gaming mode optimizes the UHZ50 DLP laser projector for maximum contrast and vivid colors to capture every detail. It also reduces input lag for lightning-fast response times (16.7ms response time in 4K at 60Hz and 4ms in 1080P at 240Hz). Enjoy ultra-smooth fluid motion and reduced ghosting. A high refresh rate makes it easier to keep track of the action, giving you a better chance of hitting your target earlier. Ideal for fast action gaming.
3D-Ready: The Optoma UHZ50 laser projector can display 1080p 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray players, 3D broadcasting, and the latest generation games consoles. You'll need a pair of Optoma's DLP Link active shutter 3D Glasses (sold separately - not available at Crutchfield). 3D content is available in 720p or 1080p (not 4K).
Display Modes: You can choose from a variety of factory optimized display mode presets to suit your source content, as well as manually adjust picture settings to suit your personal preference.
- Reference: This mode is intended to reproduce as close as possible the image the way the movie director intended. Color, color temperature, brightness, contrast and gamma settings are all configured to standard reference levels.
- HDR/HLG: HDR Mode decodes and displays High Dynamic Range (HDR) content for the deepest blacks, brightest whites, and vivid cinematic color. This mode will be automatically enabled if HDR is set to On and HDR Content is sent to the projector. There is also a dedicated HLG mode for HDR content that uses the Hybrid Log-Gamma format.
- HDR SIM: This mode is used to enhance non-HDR content with simulated High Dynamic Range (HDR). Choose this mode to enhance gamma, contrast, and color saturation for non-HDR content (720p and 1080p Broadcast/Cable TV, 1080p Blu-ray, non-HDR Games, etc). This mode can only be used with non-HDR content.
- Cinema: The Cinema Mode provides the best colors for watching movies.
- Game: Select Game Mode to increase the brightness and response time level for enjoying video games.
- Bright: The Bright mode offers maximum brightness.
- 3D: 3D Mode allows you to enjoy a three-dimensional effect from 3D content; 3D active glass are required and sold separately.
- ISF: ISF allows you to save your calibrated day and night mode settings for the highest possible viewing experience.
- User: The User Mode allows you to manually adjust the projector's Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Color, Tint, Gamma, Color Temperature, Color Space, and RGB.
Mounting Options: The Optoma DLP laser projector is designed to be installed in one of 4 possible positions. It can be tabletop or ceiling mounted in front of or behind your projection screen (ceiling mounting bracket sold separately). The projector should be placed flat on a surface and 90-degrees (perpendicular) to the screen. The projector is equipped with three adjustable feet for adjusting the image height when installing the projector on a tabletop. There are three M4 threaded inserts on the bottom of the projector to attach a ceiling mount bracket (sold separately).
- The tilt angle of the projector should not exceed 15 degrees, nor should the projector be installed in any way other than the tabletop and ceiling mount, otherwise lamp life could decrease dramatically, and may lead to other unpredictable damages.
- Allow at least 11.8125" on both the left and right sides of the projector, as well as allow at least 3.9375" above and behind the projector for proper ventilation.
Note: Your room layout or personal preference will dictate which installation location you select. Take into consideration the size and position of your screen, the location of a suitable power outlet, as well as the location and distance between the projector and the rest of your audio/video equipment.
Projection Distance: The further away the projector is placed from the screen the projected image size increases and vertical offset also increases proportionally. See chart below for recommended projector distance based on size of screen; or use the Optoma Projection Calculator to assist you with placement of the projector.
|Screen Size||Throw Distance|
|40"||42.1" to 55.5"|
|60"||63.4" to 83.1"|
|90"||94.9" to 124.8"|
|100"||105.5" to 138.6"|
|120"||126.4" to 166.1"|
|150"||158.3" to 207.9"|
|200"||211" to 277.2"|
|250"||263.8" to 346.5"|
Wall Color Adjustment: If you are not going to be using a projection screen and do not have a white wall, you can use the projector's Wall Color adjustment feature. No problem! With the Wall Color setting you can alter the projected image based on the color of your wall. With six options to chose from you can easily adjust for blackboard, light yellow, light green, light blue, pink and grey walls to get the most accurate color gamut.
Integrated Speaker System: The Optoma UHZ50 is equipped with an integrated speaker system featuring two full-range transducers powered by a 10 watt x 2 channel amplifier.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Optoma UHZ50 is equipped with a Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN jack and comes with a USB/WiFi adapter to connect the DLP laser projector to your network router and ISP (internet service provider). The Ethernet jack provides a wired network connection, while the USB/WiFi adapter delivers a wireless network connection. The USB/WiFi adapter supports dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi (802.11ac). The USB/WiFi adapter plugs into one of the USB 2.0 Type-A ports (not labeled "Service" on back of the projector. Either network connection provides access to select entertainment apps from Android TV; as well as enables screen mirroring for Apple iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices.
- Android TV Apps: The UHZ50 projector features a customize version of Android TV that gives you access to select online entertainment services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu Live, YouTube, Spotify, and more. Subscriptions and fees will apply. Not all Android TV apps will be compatible.
- Creative Cast: Wirelessly display and share content on your projection screen using the Creative Cast app or desktop software. You'll be able to mirror your Apple iOS, Android OS, Windows, MacOS and Chrome device at the touch of a button. You can also wirelessly cast images and documents stored on your mobile device. In addition, the app acts as a wireless mouse and keyboard allowing you to control your projector.
HDMI 2.0 Inputs: The Optoma UHZ50 DLP laser projector is outfitted with three HDMI 2.0 inputs for connection of a satellite receiver/cable box, Blu-ray player, game system or computer. The HDMI 2.0 inputs support up to a 4K/60Hz (3840 x 2160) video signal, compatible with HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, and comply with HDCP 2.2 for playback of copyrighted 4K/HDR material. The HDMI inputs will also support playback of copyrighted 480i/p, 720p, and 1080i/p content.
Note: There are no analog composite or component video inputs.
eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel): The Enhanced Audio Return Channel within the projector's HDMI 1 input enables the projector, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an AV receiver; increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. This feature allows audio to be sent from the projector to your AV receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to the projector. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to the projector. eARC allows audio from the projector's HDMI inputs, network connection, and USB ports to be heard through your eARC compatible AV receiver or soundbar.
- The audio from the projector's HDMI inputs, USB ports, and Android TV apps can pass as Dolby Atmos (via Dolby Digital Plus), Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, or 2ch PCM.
- DTS multichannel audio formats are not supported.
Note: Your AV receiver or soundbar will also have to support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) to accommodate the playback of these high resolution audio formats. If your AV receiver or soundbar only supports ARC (Audio Return Channel), audio playback will be limited to Dolby Digital or 5.1ch/2ch PCM.
Three USB Ports: There are three USB 2.0 Type-A ports. Two of the USB ports support video, photo, and audio playback from a connected USB MSC (mass storage class) device - such as a USB thumdrive. The other USB port is for charging and service purposes only.
- Video Files: Compatible video files include AVI, MKV, MOV, MPEG 1/2/4, and WMV.
- Photo Files: Compatible photo files include JPEG, PNG, and BMP.
- Audio Files: Compatible audio files include MP3, AAC, FLAC, PCM, and WAV.
Analog & Digital Audio Outputs: The Optoma UHZ50 is is outfitted with stereo minijack (3.mm) analog audio output and a optical (toslink) digital audio output to connect the projector to an active soundbar, powered speaker, or AV receiver. The optical (toslink) digital audio output supports 2ch PCM and 5.1ch Dolby Digital (not DTS compatible).
Detachable AC Power Cord: The Optoma UHZ50 laser projector comes with a detachable 6' IEC 3-prong power cord that will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet; preferably a surge protected AC outlet.
Optoma Connect App: The Optoma Connect App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) allows you to control the UHZ50 projector from your compatible smartphone or tablet device. In addition to serving as a remote control, the Optoma Connect app and the UHZ50 projector works with IFTTT to setup chain-of-commands for your smarthome devices. The app also provides unique display modes, such as Ambience & Information, that will project on your screen.
- Remote Control: The Optoma Connect App lets you use your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device as a wireless remote control for the UHZ50 DLP laser projector.
- Works with IFTTT: IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free web-based service that allows you to create chains of simple conditional commands, called applets. Applets are used to trigger events such as getting the projector to turn off when you leave the house.
- Ambience & Information Modes: The Ambience Mode includes images of artworks and natural light installations. The Information Mode provides weather information, work calendar and news.
Note: The projector must be connected to your network router via Ethernet or WiFi.
Optional Voice Assistance: The Optoma Connect App can also be used to setup the UHZ50 projector for voice control from an Alexa or Google Assistant enabled device (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). In addition to the Optoma Connet App, you'll also need to install the Alexa App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) or the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) onto your compatible smartphone or tablet device. You can ask Alexa or Google Assistant to change Display Mode, Picture Mode, PureMotion Mode, Brightness Mode, and ECO mode.
- The Optoma UHZ50 projector must be connected to your network router via Ethernet or WiFi.
- The projector does not features its own built-in mic and requires either an separate Alexa or Google Assistant device (sold separately) for voice control.
Top-Panel: Top-panel controls included Power, Menu, Source, Information, Re-Sync, 4 Directional Select Keys, and Keystone Correction. Also on the top-panel are 3 LEDs that indicate On/Standby, Lamp, and Temperature. The top-panel controls are hidden behind a removal top-cover.
Backlit Remote: The included IR remote provides wireless operation of the Optoma UHZ50 laser projector. The remote is designed with subtle white LEDs to light up the buttons, making it to see and operate, especially in the dark. The IR (infrared) control sensor is located on top of the projector. Make sure to hold the remote control at an angle within 30 degrees perpendicular to the projector's top IR remote control sensor to function correctly. The distance between the remote control and the sensor should be no longer than 22'.
HDMI-CEC: HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) enables synchronization of Power On/Off between the UHZ50 and connected HDMI-CEC compatible sources.
IP & RS-232C Control: The projector offers remote management control through a RJ45 (LAN) network connection or via RS-232C port. Either connection can be used to control Power, Brightness, Contrast, and other projector settings from your laptop or desktop computer, or a 3rd party remote management system - such as Crestron, Extron, AMX, or PJLink.
12V Trigger Out: The 12V Trigger Out consists a female mono-minijack (3.5mm) which enables control of motorized screens that feature a 12V Trigger Input.
Timers: A Sleep Timer allows you to set the projector to automatically turn off after a predetermined set amount of time. The Security Timer lets you set the number of hours the projector can be used; once this time has elapsed you will be requested to enter your password again.
Auto Power Off: There may be instances when the projector is left running when not in use. To help save energy, the Auto Power Off feature automatically turns off the projector after a set period of time if it is not being used.