First Look: Canon RAYO S1 mini projector

Canon launches their latest mini projector, the RAYO S1. It will be available from 11th December in Singapore at S$599. I was glad to be able to play with it for a while during Canon’s dinner session.

First impression of this Canon RAYO S1 mini projector – It is super small size. It weighs only 240g and has a battery life of 120 mins (2 hours). With a built-in browser, you don’t even need a smartphone connection once you are connected (via WiFi) to the Internet.

Some highlights of this mini projector:

  • Super small size and light
  • Has a 2 hours battery life (3.7v, 3,800mAh)
  • Can be used as a portable battery charger.
  • Has built-in speaker for teleconferencing as it has a built-in mic.
  • Can be used with iOS (Airplay) or Android (I used Huawei MirrorShare and Samsung Smart View without issues).
  • Has 20,000 hours of lamp life (it is using LED)
  • Can browse the Internet without a smartphone.

You can check out the list of specs in the Press Release. Here are some shots of the RAYO S1 mini projector.

To navigate, Canon has placed a touchpad on top of it. Very convenient.

The sides are clean. There is a built-in fan and I believe it is blowing downwards. BTW, I don’t feel the heat even though I used it for, maybe, 15 minutes.

On the back, it has the power connector (Micro USB), USB port, 3.5mm jack (output), Microphone and On/Off switch.

Pardon the lousy quality of the picture. Here is the closer look at the back connectors.

Connecting the RAYO S1 to the smartphone is quite straightforward.

For iOS, you need to detect it via WiFi and then connect it using AirPlay.

For Android, I used Smart View (Samsung) and MirrorShare (Huawei) to detect and connect immediately.

The sound quality is surprisingly OK (I was in a very noisy environment). I need to confirm if it is a stereo or mono speaker as the specs show a mono speaker while the Press Release says that it is a stereo speaker. It sounds stereo though.

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Navigating the menu is easy as it has a touchpad. And overall, I love the built. Canon has actually squeezed so many things into this small body.

BTW, it has a tripod screw port at the bottom of it. I forgot to take a picture of it. In my opinion, you can actually watch a movie on the bed by projecting it to the ceiling. And since it can also be powered by a portable battery, battery life should not be a big issue.

I have yet to try it thoroughly. Will update again if I can do a proper review. Here is the Press Release.

Press Release

Redefine Versatility with the new RAYO S1 mini projector

The stylish RAYO S1 extends its capability beyond mobile projection to offer the versatile options of communicating, charging and storing

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2017 – Canon today announced the launch of the new RAYO S1 mini projector, which Canon will distribute and market in Singapore. Punching above its weight, the RAYO S1 delivers superior projection imaging quality and is enhanced with innovative features such as a bluetooth speaker, a portable power bank and an external hard drive for data storage.

“More than just an average mini portable projector, the RAYO S1 is an all-around tool that functions beyond just a home entertainment and business projector, to serve as a communication channel and a charger,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

Sophisticated Design with Innovative Capabilities

Clad in a metallic black exterior with chic gold trimming, the new RAYO S1 is a timeless tool measuring 105mm in both length and width, 20mm in depth, and 240g in weight. As a pocket-sized mini projector, the multifunction device can be ported around and set up with ease, making it an ideal companion for a variety of purposes from entertainment to education to business.

Going beyond projection capabilities, the RAYO S1 can double up as both a bluetooth speaker and power bank with 3,800mAH capacity for charging. For added convenience, teleconferencing can also be conducted in isolation of other devices, and users can also tap on the 4GB memory to preload music, videos and presentation on the device for maximum efficiency. Designed with a smart touch pad, users can to navigate through all the functions of the RAYO S1 all with a simple touch.

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High Quality Output and Longer Running Time

Promising continuous brightness at 100 lumens and a projection length of up to 120 inches for optimal quality, the RAYO S1 is built to deliver vivid imaging output both within and outside of the home, as well as professional business presentation. With the built in stereo speaker, the RAYO S1 boasts of a crisp sound quality that will enhance the entertainment experience and boost the calibre of corporate presentations.

With smart energy saving capabilities, the in-built battery of the RAYO S1 can run for approximately 120 minutes on a single charge. This allows users to combat extended presentations or watch a full-length film in one sitting, all without a power source.  Additionally, with an expected lamp life of up to 20,000 hours, users can expect better longevity and low maintenance efforts.

Wireless Connection for a Seamless Experience

Equipped with wireless capabilities, users can easily connect to their mobile devices to play movies or share content. Topped with the intelligent OS in the form of Android Kitkat support, users can also surf the internet and enjoy access to various applications on the RAYO S1. With Wifi support like Miracast and AirPlay, users will enjoy greater flexibility and more options to connect and stream videos directly from their smart devices.

Pricing and Availability

The RAYO S1 will be available from 11 December 2017 at Canon authorised dealers at a recommended retail price of $599.

Specification Summary

RAYO S1

  • Size: 105mm x 105mm x 20mm
  • Weight: 240g
  • Display Type: WVGA
  • Resolution: 854 x 480
  • Brightness: 100 Ansi Lumens
  • Contrast: 800:1
  • Light Source: (R/G/B) LED
  • Lamp Life: 20,000 hours
  • Aspect Ratio: 16 : 9
  • Screen Size: Max 120’’ (28’’@ 1m)
  • Offset: 100%
  • Input: HDMI / MHL
  • Output: 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Built-in Speaker: 3W
  • Speaker Type: Mono
  • Built-in Battery: Approximately 120 minutes
  • Wireless: Miracast / Airplay
  • USB: USB OTG & USB H/OST, FW updating
  • Micro-USB 5 pin: System & Recharging to battery
  • Battery Capacity: 3.7V, 3,800 mAh
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Basic Package: USB Cable
  • Warranty: 1 year
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About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of close to 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits more than 8% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.

More information is available at www.canon.com.sg.