Panasonic has announced a new range of 1-Chip DLP laser projectors optimised to bring brightness and flexibility to exhibition spaces and museums in a compact and maintenance-free design. 

The PT-RZ990 Series of four different projectors -with up to 10,000lm (centre) and WUXGA resolution – will be available across Europe from August 2020.

Creating immersive images in museum and exhibition spaces can be a challenge due to their bright lights and large open areas. However, the manufacturer states that the PT-RZ990 Series thrives in this environment by delivering high brightness combined with vivid colour images due to its 1-Chip DLP imaging technology and Panasonic’s Quartet Colour Harmonizer. 

The harmonizer is a new colour-wheel technology with optimised optical design that precisely modulates light-source output according to colour requirements to provide realistic images. The images are automatically adjusted in bright light using Panasonic’s System Daylight View 3 technology to ensure displays are seen at their best – whatever the light levels.

A more immersive viewing experience via seamlessly blended, multi-screen projection is also simple for the PT-RZ990 Series, with its Chip DLP technology delivering uniformity between adjoining screens.

The Series is easy to install with Smart Projector Control allowing functions such as lens adjustment, input switching, status monitoring and auto focus to be controlled from a smartphone.

The projectors support uncompressed 4K/60p signal input via HDMI or Digital Link terminals for easy integration. Separate LAN and HDBase-T Digital Link terminals free the Digital Link pipeline for video-over-cable runs of up to 150m (492ft).

A range of 11 optional lenses, covering wide throw-distances from 0.280:1 to 8.58:1, offers further creative possibilities. Compatible lenses include the ET-DLE020 Ultra-Short-Throw Zoom lens, reported to be the world’s first UST zero offset lens with zoom and V/H shift for installation in tight spaces.

Technicians can quickly create distortion-free images using the inbuilt Geometric Adjustment with Free Grid Correction, which enables areas of the image to be reshaped or geometrically altered. Geometric functionality can also be further enhanced using Panasonic’s ET-UK20 and CUK10 Upgrade Kits.

Reliability is a critical factor for projectors often installed in difficult to access locations. This Series is engineered for 20,000 hours of maintenance-free reliability with lasting brightness and color uniformity from the dust-resistant optical engine. Picture presentation is always maintained with a redundancy circuit minimising brightness and colour uniformity loss in the unlikely event a diode fails. Projectors can be configured to switch instantaneously to a backup input-signal should the primary signal be disrupted.

“With this series of projectors, museums and exhibition spaces can deliver brighter, bolder and more immersive colour displays. It uses our latest innovative colour technologies alongside 4k input capabilities for a future-proofed product range,” says Thomas Vertommen, European Product Manager for Panasonic Business. “With this enhanced range of devices, Panasonic is set to continue to lead the industry with its 1-Chip DLP projectors.”

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