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Panasonic Introduces ‘World’s Smallest and Lightest’ Portable LCD Laser Projectors

Panasonic PT-VMZ50 Series offer ‘consistent brightness, flexible installation and versatile features’ for education and corporate applications.

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Panasonic recently announced the launch of its PT-VMZ50 Series of portable LCD laser projectors.

This addition to Panasonic’s laser projector portfolio offers “long-lasting, reliable and whisper-quiet operation designed for use in classrooms, conference rooms as well as executive boardrooms and many other applications in education and corporate environments,” according to the company press release.

The PT-VMZ50 Series consists of the PT-VMZ50U, PT-VMZ40U and the PT-VMW50U portable LCD laser projectors. They will be available in March.

With a brightness range of 4,500 to 6,000 lumens and a choice of WUXGA (1920×1200) or WXGA (1280×800) resolutions, the PT-VMZ50 Series features Solid Shine laser technology, enabling 20,000 hours of brightness and color accuracy, while eliminating conventional lamp replacement for almost maintenance-free operation.

All PT-VMZ50 LCD laser projectors feature 1.6x zoom lenses for short throw-distances (throw ratio: 1.09-1.77:1) best for close range projection.

The projectors support wide V/H lens-shift to achieve flexible installation in classrooms, meeting rooms or executive boardrooms and limited spaces where multiple screens are required in one room.

This allows all participants to share documents or videos on a large, bright screen in small classes, conferences, work groups and discussions.

“Panasonic’s history of innovation continues with the expansion of our new series of high brightness portable LCD laser projectors,” said Scott Wellington, projector senior product manager for Panasonic Imaging and Visual Systems, in the company press release.

“The new PT-VMZ50 Series sets a new standard in portable LCD laser projectors. Its small, compact and lightweight body make it easy to move from classroom to classroom, or between various meeting rooms, without sacrificing clear, crisp, vivid images. Our new portable laser projectors will enhance any classroom and meeting room experience by delivering great picture quality, flexible installation and reliable operation,” he said.

More PT-VMZ50 Series Features

Additional versatility is made possible with several important features that have been built into the PT-VMZ50 Series including 4K signal input via HDMI and Panasonic’s DIGITAL LINK connection, based on HDBase-T, which transmits video, audio, and control signals through a single LAN cable for distances of up to 150 meters (492 feet) for full HD video and 50 meters (164 feet) for 4K video.

Wireless projection gives users the ability to share documents or images from their own devices regardless of seating location and without cable hassle, while the PT-VMZ50 Series laser light-source cuts the time needed to quickly display images after switching on the projector.

This Quick Start/Quick Off feature makes it possible to project images in one second from Standby condition so the presentation can start immediately.

Other features include a USB Memory Viewer function, which displays images stored on USB memory devices without need of a PC, and a built-in 10W speaker.