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Panasonic Introduces 3.5-Pound Go-Anywhere Projector
Targeted For The "Sub-$1000" Category

SECAUCUS, NJ (December 8, 2003) -Panasonic breaks the 4-pound barrier for 1,200 lumen projectors with its new 3.5-pound PT-LM1U SVGA LCD projector. The stylish, super-slim PT-LM1U offers an unmatched combination of weight, brightness and estimated street price.

The feature-packed, ultra-portable PT-LM1U delivers a brilliant 1,200 ANSI lumens of brightness and a bevy of time-saving and anti-theft functions-all at an estimated price of $999*.

"The PT-LM1U has the ease-of-use, time-saving and theft deterrence features customers desire, plus it's ultra light, bright and economically priced," said Steve Abend, Director, Panasonic Broadcast's Presentations Systems Group. "With its low cost of ownership, the PT-LM1U delivers superb value for cost-conscious professionals, from the mobile road warrior to small-to-mid size businesses, from corporate training and sales and marketing managers to the first-time user."

Thanks to its high-performance optical system and high-efficiency 130 UHM lamp, the PT-LM1U produces high contrast (400:1 ratio) images at a crisp, sharp 800 x 600 native SVGA native resolution (while providing advanced resizing technology to support UXGA). Utilizing artificial intelligence (in high lamp power mode), the projector instantaneously adjusts lamp brightness to optimize on-screen imaging. For darker scenes, it automatically lowers the brightness to produce deeper blacks and make light areas "pop out," improving overall image quality and heightening enjoyment of DVD and other video programming.

Time Saving Set-up, Host of Theft Deterrence Functions
For super quick set-up, the PT-LM1U has a multitude of intuitive plug-and-play functions including one-touch auto set-up with vertical and horizontal Digital Keystone Correction. Its Speed Start function means that an image appears only five seconds after pressing the power button. When the presentation is completed, a Direct Power Off function disconnects the power cable, allowing the presenter to immediately move the projector while the cooling fan keeps operating until the lamp is cooled. Its Auto Power Off feature permits the user to specify a time (from 15 to 60 minutes in five-minute increments) after which the projector automatically enters standby mode if unused.

The PT-LM1U is outfitted with a host of anti-theft functions including a security lock, user password protection, control panel lock-out (which can only be canceled by the unit's remote control), and text superimposing whereby a user can program a text line-- such as the company's name, URL or warning of choice -- at the bottom of the projected image.

Impressive List of Standard Features
Tailor-made for users of notebook PCs and DVD devices, its HDTV compatibility ensures that the PT-LM1U can automatically resize 1080i and 720p images for 16:9 wide-aspect display; 480p, 480i and 576i component video signals and S-Video can also be displayed in either 4:3 or 16:9. The unit provides wide compatibility ranging from NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL-60 and SECAM. The projector is also sRGB compatible to ensure uniform, accurate color reproduction with other sRGB-compatible imaging devices.

The PT-LM1U also includes an Index Window, which allows any image in a presentation (RGB or video input) to be frozen, stored in memory and displayed on the left side of the screen, while display of subsequent images continues on the right. The unit has selectable color temperature (standard/high/low) and picture mode (standard/dynamic/natural) that matches picture quality to the source and room conditions.

Among its invaluable features are: two lamp power settings (high and low); whisper-quiet operation (only 30dB in low lamp mode); advanced shutter function for image and sound muting; projection on screens ranging in size from 33" to 300"; a power 3X digital zoom; built-in 2-watt speaker; eight-language on-screen menu with graphical icons; discrete S-video and video inputs for connecting two DVD/video sources at the same time; fan control for high elevations (above 4,600 feet); still mode; freeze function; and a card-type remote control. The dimensions of its space-saving compact body are 10-3/32" W x 2-11/32" H x 8-7/32" D.

The PT-LM1U is available in December.

Options include the ET-PKM1 ceiling mount bracket for permanent installation and the ET-RM200 full-function wireless mouse remote control with laser pointer. Panasonic offers a high level of service and support with a two-year or 2,000-hour limited warranty (whichever comes first) on the projector, a 90-day warranty on the user-replaceable lamp module and a 24-hour "ZipIt" projector exchange program.

For more information on the PT-LM1U and Panasonic's complete line of projectors, visit www.panasonic.com/projectors or phone 1-800-528-8601. Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North America subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), one of the world's leading developers and producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use.

* Estimated street price. Actual selling prices are set by our dealers and will vary.

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