Panasonic Brightest Large Venue Laser Projector

Available from October 2016 in both WUXGA (1920 x 1200) and SXGA+ (1400 x 1050), the PT-RZ31K three 0.96″ chip DLP series will be the brightest in the Panasonic projector range with a compact and ‘lightweight’ body using Panasonic’s Solid Shine laser technology. The units are rated as 31,000 lumens (centre) and 30,000 ANSI lumens. Colour perfprmance is in line with Rec. 709. Contrast is 20,000:1,3 full on/full off and centre to corner uniformity is 90%.

The projector has dual light source feature, claimed to be unique, that allows for uninterrupted projection as it offers redundancy in case of a technical fault. This makes the projector ideal, the firm claims, for high-profile entertainment, staging, rental and exhibition applications and the unit is engineered for 24/7 continuous operation without colour degradation. The laser light source also allows for flexible installation, with vertical, horizontal and tilting 360º projection.

The range is compatible with Panasonic’s existing 3-Chip DLP projector lenses, allowing operators to use lenses in their inventories, maximising the investment they have already made. Inputs include dual SDI, HDMI, VGA and DVI-D. Weight is 79kg.

The RZ31K contains a Real Motion Processor, which uses frame-creation technology that aims to reproduce extremely smooth video images with minimal motion blur.

In normal operation, the RZ31K is designed for 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation. Image brightness is greatly affected by dust, however, with an airtight optical block and hermetically sealed dustproof image devices, the PT-RZ31K is intended to provide an extremely reliable foundation for large-scale light shows and 3D mapping.

Hartmut Kulessa, European Projector Marketing Manager at Panasonic, said, “Thanks to its dual light source technology, this new range has the potential to virtually eliminate the concept of hot back-up. This is sure to go down well with event production teams, as projector stacks can become smaller and less complicated than in the past, saving time and money and allowing venues to sell more seats.”

Analyst Comment

Panasonic said earlier this year that Lang AG had ordered 50 of these units which were shown at ISE with 27,000 Ansi lumens (Lang Commits to Panasonic) (BR)