+ Friday March 22nd, 2019

sony projector mpcl1Sony has announced its entry into the mobile projector market with its new MP-CL1. This is a mobile projector – which you can see above – and it’s tiny, but still uses a bright laser light source to deliver HD images (1920 x 720) with high contrast, using any available surface as a screen. The MP-CL1 is designed to be used both on the go and at home, and can project from just under 3.5m to create a virtual screen up to 120″ across. With a built-in 3,400 mAh battery, I’d expect some serious projection time; definitely enough for a movie or maybe two, but we’ll soon see!

Connectivity is delivered via a standard HDMI connector, or via MHL allowing the use of smartphones and tablets for a truly mobile experience. You can also mirror screen content from a phone, tablet or PC over WiFi as well. Unlike most projectors that I’m familiar with, the MP-CL1 has laser assisted auto-focus, meaning you just point it at a wall and turn it on, and it’ll do the rest, though there is a manual keystone correction to make sure your image is the right shape once it’s focused.

Sadly, the MP-CL1 won’t be available in Australia until just after Christmas, but it’ll be priced at $699 when it arrives online and in stores in January 2016. We’ll be onto Sony for a review unit so we can tell you what we think.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Jbhifi has it on sale already..i saw it at jbhifi indoorpilly. Brisbane.

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This would be perfect to point at your ceiling as you’re laying in bed. Or anywhere! Shame about the price but I guess that’s expected.


I would assume you mean it is a LED projector not a Laser one as one of the features of a laser is they are only 1 colour. Also are you sure of the resolution as I can’t say I have ever heard of a projector with such a resolution. Is it ultra wide? It seems reasonable priced given its specs and should be good enough for movie nights. The only things that you did not tell us is how bright it is which would determine how dark the room need to be and how long the lamp (LED?) is… Read more »


Nah, it could be laser projector, they do exist. Either they defocus for the light (with the three colours) or they scan the beam (which is what I think this does).

And the resolution makes sense if its focused (sic) on displaying movies on the wall, wide and narrow therefore would make sense (though I’m not sure if its not too narrow).

Paul Miller
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Nope, Laser diode, no LED involved. The laser is apparently rated for 2000 hours with an average 32 lumens output up to a max of 37.

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