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Panasonic Debuts World’s First Lamp-Free 1080p Projectors

Panasonic PT-RZ470Panasonic has just unveiled a new projector that, on the surface, sounds impossible. That’s because Panasonic’s new device is the first ever 1080p lamp-free projector series with HDBaseT technology. This new projector series replaces your conventional lamp with new LED/laser diodes that are boosted by Panasonic’s proprietary technologies that offer long-lasting high brightness of more than 3,000 lumens.

The new projectors, which come as the single-chip DLP PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series, will be made available in two different resolutions: full 1080p HD (1,920 x 1,080) and WXGA (1,280 x 800) with capabilities that were previously impossible with conventional projector lamps.

These new projectors pair an LED/laser light source with Panasonic’s installation flexibility, including lens shift capabilities, which marks a new milestone in projector technology. This allows the projectors to provide users with continuous high brightness and professional grade features, including Edge Blending and Color Matching.

This new technology has also allowed Panasonic to enrich the projector usage experience for different environments, like the educational industry, as well as for professional applications, like museums, digital signage, conferences or other large corporate events.

In addition to that, the new lighting technology delivers up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation. As a result of this convenience, operating costs for the projectors¬†are significantly less than conventional lamp projectors because you don’t have to worry about periodic labor and the associated cost that comes with it.

According to Panasonic, the PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series projectors will be available through authorized Panasonic resellers beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012. The series will have basic 3-year limited parts and labor warranties with light source operation warranted for more than 10,000 hours. Unfortunately, there has yet to be any word on pricing for either projector.

Source: Market Watch – Panasonic Develops World’s First*(1) 1080p Lamp-Free Professional Projectors with HDBaseT(TM) Technology

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Canon Debuts 4 New LV Series LCD Projectors

Canon LV-8227ACanon U.S.A. has just announced four new LCD model projectors designed to service the needs of a wide range of professional users. The one thing these devices have in common is a combination of high brightness, long lamp and filter life and convenient auto setup functions that prove to be very cost-efficient. These newest projectors are divided into Advanced (A) and Mid-Range (M) models and include the LV-8227A, LV-7392A, LV-7297M and LV-7292M.

According to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Imaging Technology & Communications Group for Canon U.S.A. Yuichi Ishizuka, “Canon’s lineup of LV Series portable LCD projectors is designed to appeal to a diverse array of markets and applications with great performance, genuine user benefits and excellent cost-efficiency.”

The LV-8227A combines high-contrast image protection with widescreen WXGA resolution display to deliver bright, highly detailed video and still images, even in brightly lit rooms like classrooms or boardrooms. In addition to that, the Canon LV-8227A is able to reproduce full 16:10 widescreen images generated by laptops and desktops without cropping or compression.

The LV-7392A multimedia projector outputs a brightness of 3,000 lumens and features a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. It is also perfectly suited for classrooms, labs, conference rooms and other small environments. This device also delivers XGA resolution images, just like the LV-7279M and LV-7292M, though they have 2,600 and 2,200 lumen outputs, respectively.

All four of these projectors include a variety of computer, video and audio connections for compatibility with a variety of media-display devices. Connectors for these devices include HDMI 1.3, allowing you to hook up a Blu-ray player, gaming device or other high-quality video source. An RS-232C serial connection is also included, providing for full local PC controls when using third-party control software.

Each model is expected to ship in June with the LV-8227A priced at $799, the LV-7392A priced at $799, the LV-7297M priced at $699 and the LV-7292 priced at $599. Each projector is backed by Canon U.S.A.’s exclusive Triple P, a free service program that provides you with a loaner projector of equal or greater value in case your machine breaks down or needs replacing.

Source: Business Wire – Canon U.S.A. Introduces Four Portable LCD Projectors That Deliver Crisp Images at an Affordable Price