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PANASONIC AT ISE: TWO 1-CHIP AND NEW 3-CHIP LASER PROJECTORS

February 28, 2020 News

New 1-Chip DLP models enable cost-efficient installations and the new 3-Chip DLP line-up brings higher brightness and on-site efficiency for the events industry.

Panasonic is expanding its 1-Chip DLP laser projector line-up with the PT-RZ790 Series for museums and exhibition spaces and the PT-FRZ60 Series for high-school and university classrooms. A clear, bright display in a well-lit classroom and minimal noise are essential for an ideal education environment. Similarly, exhibition designers use natural or tailored lighting to enhance their displays, and require quiet projection to welcome visitors into a calming atmosphere. The Panasonic PT-RZ790 Series and PT-FRZ60 Series 1-Chip DLP laser projectors are engineered for these environments, serving high-visibility images under lights with almost no noise. They will be available in Autumn 2020.

Bright and colour-rich images in well-lit rooms

Both projector series are built around a Solid Shine Laser with DLP imaging to produce high-quality images at WUXGA resolution from a compact design. The Quartet Colour Harmoniser expands colour-gamut by adjusting wheel timing and colour-filter parameters for more accurate white balance and vivid colour expression.

Light, quiet, and compact projectors are easy to install

Efficient cooling suppresses noise to 36 dB (Normal Mode) for the PT-RZ790 Series and 27 dB (Silent Mode) for the PT-FRZ60 Series, minimising distractions. Projector bodies weigh just 23.2 kg (PT-RZ790 Series including standard lens) and 16.3 kg (PT-FRZ60 Series) for easy handling. The PT-FRZ60 Series has a 2.0x optical zoom, enabling installation almost anywhere on the ceiling.

All models support 4K signal input via HDMI (dual inputs for the PT-FRZ60 Series) and DIGITIAL LINK, while the PT-FRZ60 Series adds CEC compatibility over HDMI and a powered USB outlet for streaming dongles or Stick PCs. Extensive connectivity makes projector replacement easy while enabling high-quality media transmission and display on various devices. The PT-RZ790 Series supports the new Panasonic Smart Projector Control app for iOS and Android devices, enabling control of multiple or individual projectors. More than just an alternative to line-of-sight IR remotes, the app offers intuitive OSD navigation and projector auto-focusing function using the mobile device’s built-in camera.

Legendary Solid Shine Laser Reliability

The PT-RZ790 Series and PT-FRZ60 Series feature Panasonic-original filterless cooling with hermetically sealed DMD blocks and shielded lasers, which contribute to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free projection, a linear brightness ramp, and high colour retention. Multi Monitoring & Control Software features optional Early Warning functions to prevent unexpected downtime by alerting the operator before problems occur. To add another layer of insurance for public exhibitions where display must always be maintained, the PT-RZ790 also has Backup Input switching if the primary signal is interrupted.

The PT-RZ790 Series and PT-FRZ60 Series are available in Autumn 2020. 

Also unveiled at ISE was Samsung’s new 3-Chip DLPTM laser projector line-up. The Solid Shine laser projectors create exhilarating 30,000 lm projections at up to 4K resolution from a super light and compact design, bringing higher brightness and on-site efficiency for the events industry. The PT-RQ35K (4K) and PT- RZ34K (WUXGA) pack high brightness and improved colour into a surprisingly compact and light body design and transform existing workflow procedures with faster and easier projector installation for live events in stadiums, theatres, and for projection mapping onto various surfaces.

“Audiences are increasingly demanding more immersive environments beyond the capabilities of traditional projection and as output, resolution, and the number of units required rises, so too has set-up complexity,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European Marketing Manager at Panasonic Business. “The RQ35K Series overcomes these difficulties with powerful projection and versatile functionality alongside easier transportation and set-up – all backed by our market-leading reliability.”

Versatile Functions Streamline set-up

The RQ35K Series delivers 30,000 lm brightness and superb image quality from a body size just 60% of the current PT- RQ32K projector, significantly reducing logistical hassle. To further speed set-up, the RQ35K Series includes all of the streamlining features developed for Panasonic’s RQ50K flagship projector. Near Field Communication (NFC 6) function enables easy network setup, such as IP address configuration, just by holding a mobile device with an application installed against the projector’s touchpoint. Information Monitor displays errors in real-time for faster response, while Remote Preview lets the operator check playback content on a PC via a network in situations where actual image projection is difficult, such as during the set-up preparation phase.

Immersive, Colour-Rich Images

The RQ35K produces brilliant 30,000 lm images at 4K (3840 x 2400) resolution with Quad Pixel Drive, a Panasonic- original 2-Axis Pixel-Shifting technology that creates clear and detailed images without visible pixels. An all-new laser engine expands colour-gamut to 114 % of Panasonic’s current RQ32K projector, pulling audiences into the artist’s world. With one red and two blue lasers emitting light at different wavelengths, vivid reds and truer blues come together for more immersive colour expression, creating a heightened sense of realism.

Alongside Quad Pixel Drive, the RQ35K supports high-speed tracking with original technology that accepts and outputs 240 Hz frame-rate signals with limited latency. Combined with its compact body, both projectors redefine experiential projection in entertainment.

Newly Refined Cooling System

To maintain stable operation in a projector of this size and brightness, original cooling technologies have been further improved. Dynamic Digital Control counters red-laser sensitivity to temperature by digitally regulating light output and operating parameters of a dedicated cooling system, resulting in highly consistent image quality. The exclusive finless radiator enhances cooling efficiency over previous implementations, assuring superb reliability even within the confines of a compact body. To make brightness loss imperceptible in the event of laser-diode failure, Failover Circuitry bypasses one diode series rather than the whole module. Backup input-switching function continues projection via backup signal without screen-blanking if the primary video signal fails.

Equipped with premium optical parts such as hermetically sealed DMD block and shielded laser drive, the RQ35K Series secures 20,000-hour maintenance-free operation thanks to its filterless design. With these groundbreaking innovations building on a proven foundation of Solid Shine Laser technologies, consistent reliability is secured for uninterrupted projection.

The PT-RQ35K and PT-RZ34K (WUXGA) Series are available from November 2020.

Panasonic: www.panasonic.com/au

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