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Sony VPL-PHZ12 Review: Sleek and compact with impressive projection quality

With the passage of time, projectors have become more relevant, since today we can use them for any activity. Obviously they have also improved their characteristics a lot , therefore, they become a good option. Today we will focus on the analysis of the Sony VPL-PHZ12, a model that in our opinion is incredible.

The best of all is that this equipment does not focus only on one segment, but can be used for any environment. We talk about the most common such as domestic , educational and business use . Without a doubt, Sony wants to compete hard as it already does in other categories. So, let’s get to know more about what this projector offers.


A modern design is implemented that includes some details that make it even more striking

Unlike what we are used to seeing at the design level, we must mention that this model includes somewhat different details that make it look modern. To begin with, we can see that the white color prevails , which is not so much to our liking, but we have to accept that it maintains an elegant and modern appearance.

This allows it to combine perfectly with the place where it is placed, as if that were not enough, it should be noted that it maintains a compact appearance that gives us a flat screen surface, which we like because it adapts discreetly to any space . As a main recommendation you should place the projector on the ceiling.

From the front we have a simple view that shows us only the projector lens. Unlike most projectors, this one places the use buttons on the side, therefore, the top has a clean aesthetic that only presents us with the logo . If we turn it over, we will find the available connectors, which have a good location.


We can consider that there is an ideal connectivity for the type of product that we analyze. First of all, we are offered two perfect HDMI inputs to establish a connection with external devices such as laptops, consoles or video players. Likewise, there is a USB 2.0 port for playing multimedia content from an external memory or disk. If you have old devices, don’t worry, a VGA port is also included .

Without a doubt, the aforementioned connectors will be the main ones to be used with the projector, however, other options are included that can also be considered necessary, although their operation is not as relevant. At this point we can highlight the inclusion of an input and output for audio , an HDBaseT port , an RS-232C connector and RJ45 Ethernet in case of wanting functions with internet. The downside is that it does not have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Projection quality and functions in general

The Sony VPL-PHZ12 presents a powerful projection that will be sufficient for any content that we want to see. First, we must know that it offers us a native WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) that many consider ideal for a good experience when watching movies, since images with more details will be displayed .

To achieve this, we must also highlight the work that it provides us with important parameters such as brightness, color and contrast. We must know that its advanced laser light source is combined with powerful signal processing to give us exceptional images. All of this is also thanks to the high brightness of 5,000 lumens on offer .

The inclusion of Reality Creation technology seeks to give us a sharper and more authentic projection. This is achieved by optimizing each pixel to gradually improve the images and text on the screen, which is perfect for making presentations without adding any type of digital noise to the image. This way you have a more realistic state .

We cannot forget about the contrast enhancer that analyzes and refines the dark and light areas of the image in order to give us fully radiant highlights and a deeper black reproduction. Finally, it is worth mentioning that it has a uniform brightness level that can be kept intact for about 20,000 hours .


The audio quality also seems acceptable to us despite the fact that only one speaker is included, however, it reaches a total power of 16W something that is a bit close to what we have for televisions. Therefore, it has an acceptable sound that will come in handy , obviously it will not be the most powerful, especially if we are watching more demanding content.

Nor is there any improvement technology that can provide us with a more enveloping and clean audio output, however, considering what other models normally offer that sometimes do not even exceed 10W is correct. In any case, if you prefer and want a greater experience, you must purchase a sound bar .

More valuable features of this projector

It is one of the most efficient projectors if we talk about work for classrooms

The Sony VPL-PHZ12 includes a variety of functions that will be useful for all the purposes that we have in mind, for example, it has an almost perfect audiovisual network integration. This is because the projector works with leading networked management , monitoring and control systems such as Crestron Connected and XTP Systems from Extron.

Excessive maintenance is not required, since the laser light source gives us a useful life of 20,000 hours without the need for any replacement , that is, we will not have to do maintenance constantly, which is usually the case with projectors. more conventional. Obviously everything depends on the environment of use that we give.

Another advantage we receive is the optical lens shift, this allows us to obtain a simple installation and greater flexibility when placing the projector in higher spaces. We are also given easy filter cleaning, which we find to be excellent , as it tries to remove as much dust as possible every 100 hours.

Sony VPL-PHZ12: Pros and Cons


  • Sleek and compact design
  • Connectivity
  • Good projection quality
  • Projection enhancements
  • Acceptable sound
  • Variety of functions


  • Could include some extra ports
  • Price

Technical characteristics


Make model Sony VPL-PHZ12
Screen size compatibility 1016 – 7620 mm (40 – 300 ″)
Projector brightness 5,000 ANSI lumens
Projection technology 3LCD
Projector native resolution WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels)
Native aspect ratio 16:10
Type of light source To be
Light source duration 20,000 hours
Focus Handbook
Zoom range 1.45: 1
  • HDMI
  • USB 2.0 Type B
  • RS-232C
  • Audio input for PC
  • Audio output for PC
  • VGA port
  • AC input
  • Ethernet RJ45
Noise level 25 dB
Sound 1 x 16 W (watts)
Projector Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth) 113 x 510 x 354.6 mm
Weight 8.7 kg

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