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PANASONIC INTRODUCES PT-LM2U 3.5 LB. MOBILE SVGA LCD PROJECTOR

SECAUCUS, NJ (May 16, 2005) –Panasonic has introduced its newest, ultra-portable SVGA LCD model, the PT-LM2U, which will be available for direct purchase online at www.panasonic.com/projectors. Equally suited for business presentations, classrooms or small meeting rooms, the feature-rich PT-LM2U delivers 1,400 ANSI lumens of brightness and an array of time-saving and security functions.

Weighing a mere 3.5 pounds and measuring only 10-3/32" wide by 8-7/32" deep, the PT-LM2U boasts a footprint slightly smaller than your typical business magazine. The space-saving projector slips easily into a bag or briefcase, making it highly portable even when carrying it along with a laptop PC.

Thanks to its high-performance optical system and high-efficiency 130 UHM lamp, the PT-LM2U produces high contrast (400:1 ratio) images at a 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.

Setup in Seconds, Ample Security Functions
For ultra-easy set-up, the PT-LM2U has a multitude of intuitive plug-and-play functions including One-Touch Auto Setup 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 allows the presenter to immediately unplug 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-LM2U is outfitted with a host of anti-theft functions including user password protection, control panel lock-out, 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. A security lock slot compatible with the Kensington MicroSaver cable is also provided.

Impressive List of Standard Features
Tailor-made for users of laptops PCs and DVD players, its HDTV compatibility ensures that the PT-LM2U 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-LM2U 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 optical 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; still mode; a freeze function; and a card-type remote control. The full dimensions of its compact body are 10-3/32" W x 2-11/32" H x 8-7/32" D.

An ecological-friendly projector, the PT-LM2U is made with lead-free solder in mountings, a lens rendered with lead-free glass, no halogenated flame retardants nor styrofoam, and packing cases and operating manuals produced from recycled paper.

The PT-LM2U is available for purchase online at a price of $749.

Options include the ET-PKM1 ceiling mount bracket for permanent installation and the ET-RM300 full-function wireless mouse remote control with laser pointer.

For more information on the PT-LM2U and Panasonic's complete line of projectors, visit panasonic.com or phone 1-800-528-8601.

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co., Secaucus, NJ, is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company's web site at www.panasonic.com/broadcast.