Panasonic has announced the launch of a portable LCD laser projector range with the smallest and lightest dimensions in its lumens’ class.

Weighing in at 7.2kg, the VMZ60 and VMZ50 portable series feature five new models in WUXGA (PT-VMZ60, PT-VMZ50, PT-VMZ40) and WXGA (PT-VMW60, PT-VMW50).

The light weight, compact design makes the projectors well suited for transportation between collaborative environments in corporate and education spaces.

Aimed at those looking to affordably transition from lamp to laser with simple screen projection settings, the range features 4,500-6,000 lumens brightness, enabling bright, sharp images with high colour accuracy for engaging images.

Available from March 2019 (VMZ50) and June 2019 (VMZ60), both series promise 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation, due to new cooling technology, refined from the maker’s higher brightness range.

The projectors feature a 1.6x zoom lens for short throw-distances, as well as a wide V/H lens-shift. This enhances their flexibility making them good for use in small classrooms, meeting rooms, and limited spaces.

Four models are compatible with DIGITAL LINK, for the simultaneous transmission of video, audio, and control signals through a single LAN cable across distances of up to 150m.

Other features include a USB Memory Viewer function, and the potential for BOYD functionality when opting for the projector’s wireless module. This feature allows visitors to connect to the projector via an app and share information and documents regardless of seating location and without any cable hassle.

All projectors also support 4K and 30p signal input, making the range a futureproofed solution to projecting the latest image quality and content.

“Our customers have been asking for an LCD laser solution, for end users whose budget won’t stretch to our superior 1-chip DLP™ range,“ says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “What we’ve developed is industry leading in terms of its size, weight and reliability – so these projectors are bound to be incredibly well received.”

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