German photography magazine PROFIFOTO reports of a new partnership for Leica. They write:
Leica Camera AG and JMGO want to jointly develop LED projectors as part of a new, strategic partnership. The first product is the new JMGO O1 Pro.
Leica and JMGO have been working on the development and optimization of the optical performance of Smart LED projectors since 2020 in order to improve the image quality and imaging performance in specific application scenarios. After twelve months of development, JMGO has now presented the O1 Pro - co-engineered with Leica. The product launch is to take place in the international markets in the 2nd quarter of 2021.
The development of cameras and projectors has a lot in common. The optical design, the light source and the image processing are among the most important parameters for the imaging performance. The JMGO O1 Pro is based on the technological expertise and synergies of the experienced optics engineers and experts from both companies.
The LED projector is characterized by its ultra-short throw capability, which, with the help of Leica engineers, has been reduced from 0.25m (O1) to 0.21m (O1 Pro). This means that the O1 Pro can be placed directly in front of the projection surface. The image quality in terms of contrast improvement, color gamut, stray light reduction, dynamic range, sharpness and noise reduction has also been improved. The JMGO O1 Pro was produced under strict guidelines in accordance with the standards defined by Leica in order to guarantee the high quality of the series products.
"We not only bring our expertise in optics and quality to the collaboration, but also many years of experience in the development of projectors," says Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG.