Panasonic Develops 10 year Maintenance Free Projector

The Panasonic PT-RZ575, a new laser phosphor projector based on a 0.67″ DLP chip with 1920 x 1200 resolution, is set for launch in Autumn 2016 and offers 5,200 lumens of brightness at a 20,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector features a constant brightness mode, offering long term stable performance for mission-critical activity in the typically darkened environment of a control room.

The projector features Panasonic’s Solid Shine laser technology which is intended to give solid reliability and high levels of uniform brightness. A dust-resistant case, airtight optical block and filter-less design are intended to enable maintenance-free operation.

The projector is fitted with dual VGA inputs, HDMI (with DeepColor support), DVI-D and Panasonic’s Digital Link HDBaseT system. Weight is 16.6Kg (36.6 lbs) and keystone correction is vertical: ±25°, horizontal: ±20°. The lens is a fixed unit with a throw ratio of 0.8:1 and the projector is rated for image diagonals from 1.02–7.62 m (40–300 in).

The RZ575 is engineered for 24/7 continuous projection, offering colours that are claimed to not degrade over time. In addition, it features a dual drive laser optical engine that gives the projector two discrete light sources, grouping the laser diodes into modules for uninterrupted projection in the unlikely event that a light source fails, ideal for mission-critical applications.

“Panasonic’s Solid Shine laser range offers five different operational modes giving the ideal blend of brightness and maintenance-free longevity,” said Hartmut Kulessa, Panasonic Projector Marketing Manager. “In darkened environments such as control and surveillance rooms, this is ideal as often full power isn’t necessary. Users can choose up to three lower-brightness, long life modes that extend 24/7, 365-day operation to 87,600 hours. That’s the equivalent of around 10 years’ uninterrupted service without the need to replace the light source.”