Panasonic Connect Europe has announced its next generation PT-REQ12 Series (4K) and PT-REZ12 Series (WUXGA) one-chip DLP laser projectors designed to deliver new production possibilities and simplify workflow for the location-based entertainment industry. With up to 12,000lm brightness, 4K resolution and 240Hz projection capability with minimal latency, the two new series are ideal for museums, immersive experiences and temporary installations in rental and staging.

As the first one-chip DLP projector to feature Quad Pixel Drive, Panasonic’s two-axis pixel-shifting technology, the REQ12 series reproduces authentic 4K images that are deep, smooth, and detailed, according to the maker. It supports 240Hz projection for smooth, grid-less images with a minimal latency of 6ms or less. It’s also designed to work with the optional ET-SWR10 Real-Time Tracking Projection Mapping System for projection onto fast-moving objects, enriching interactive applications and stage performances.

Newly optimised lenses improve native contrast performance while evolved Dynamic Contrast with new scene-analysis circuitry better recognises light and dark areas of the image, bringing each scene vividly to life. Users can now unlink black-level adjustment from geometric adjustment to reduce black-level bumps in overlaps outside the image display area. It’s also possible to adjust black-border shape to screen curvature, using up to 17 control points, to ensure thoroughly seamless projection over multiple screens.

Effortless workflow, improved expandability

To simplify set-up, both series’ have additional functionality, interfaces, and options for a smoother workflow. A new lens line-up with a minimum throw-ratio of 0.308:1, and a maximum throw-ratio of 3.38:1, now features powered peripheral focus adjustment via remote control. Lens-shift adjustment range has been increased, making it easier to adjust in different spaces.

To adapt, scale and expand projector connectivity, an Intel SDM-specified slot integrates optional proprietary or third-party function boards. This includes the opportunity to add a DIGITAL LINK terminal board, 12G-SDI terminal board, and Wireless Presentation System PressIT receiver board.

Additional ease of use functionality includes the ability to save preferred test patterns to the projector and calibrate using the client’s content without source connection. Preactivated upgrade kits for Geometry Manager Pro can further expand software functionality and automate edge-blending and calibration via camera, saving time and effort on site.

Designed for reliable maintenance-free operation

These series’ are the first one-chip DLP projectors to feature hermetically sealed optical engines with all liquid-cooling, enabling 20,000 hours of maintenance-free projection. The new cabinet design is both compact and light – the projectors weigh just 26kg without lens for easy installation. To prevent interruptions during the show, Backup Input switches to a secondary signal without screen-blanking if the primary is disrupted, while Multi Laser Drive Engine prevents brightness loss in the unlikely event of diode failure.

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