Projector Review: Panasonic PT-AE700U Review

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Panasonic PT-AE700U Review

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Panasonic PT-AE700U Multimedia Projector

Sets new performance levels for affordable front-screen projection. Zoom lens, digital iris and 16:9 shaped chips means big screen quality the way movies should be seen. Panasonic's AE-700U front projector offers Hollywood style cinema with super adjustable zoom lens.

Dynamic contrast is now 2,000:1, by far the best in its product class, so the picture is sharp and clear even in a well-lit room. In addition, the new integrated cinema quality circuitry includes a Dynamic Iris optical system that constantly adjusts the brightness and gamma characteristics in real time, so the picture is always optimal and transitions between scenes are more natural. Its innovative color correction system incorporates Cinema color Management technology to ensure faithful color reproduction. This cinema-quality integrated circuitry brings you on-screen colors just as you would see them in a movie theatre.

Setup was the easiest of any other projectors. On the front, next to the lens, is a small joystick that moves the picture around the screen in two dimensions. While it's not as sexy as a motorized lens shift, it's significantly simpler and more effective. With a twist, it locks into place. Panasonic calls this a shift lever. I have a shift lever in my car, but it does something different. Controls for the focus and zoom are on the lens, and they offer fine control for the last dimension of setup. This is the home-theater-installation version of Occam's razor.

Features of the Panasonic PT-AE700U include:

Type - LCD Projector
Display Technology - TFT Active Matrix
Image Brightness - 1000 ANSI lumens
Contrast Ratio - 2000:1
Platform - PC
Form Factor - Portable
Max Resolution (Native) - 1280 x 720
Max Resolution (Interpolated) - 1920 x 1080
Image Size (Diagonal) - 40 in. - 200 in.
Image Aspect Ratio - 16:9 (Wide Screen)
Screen Distance - 3.9 ft. - 40.7 ft.
Synchronization Range Horizontal - 30 - 70 kHz
Synchronization Range Vertical - 50 - 87 Hz
Color Support - 24-bit (16.7M colors)
Operation Noise - 26 dB
Front Panel Controls - Keypad
Video Input - 15 Pin D-Sub VGA / 4 Pin - Mini DIN (S-Video) / Composite Video / Component Video / HDMI x 1
Lamp Type - UHM
Light Source Power - 130W UHM
Lens Shift - Horizontal / Vertical
Special Features - On Screen Menu / Keystone Correction
Projection Method - Front / Rear / Ceiling
Analog Video Format - NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
HDTV Formats - 480i / 576i / 720p / 1080i / 480p / 576p / 525i / 525p / 625i / 750p / 1125i / 625p
Width - 13.2 in.
Depth - 10.6 in.
Height - 3.7 in.
Weight - 7.9 lb.

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