Panasonic has announced multiple series of projectors for collaboration use in the educational and business space and for greater immersion in live entertainment.
In a learning environment it's important to keep extra distraction to a minimum. To serve that need, the PT-LRZ35 series and PT-FRZ60 series have low noise operating levels (as low as 24dB). The PT-LRZ35 series includes Panasonic's first projectors with a discrete RGB light source, and quite possibly the first commercial projectors to include HDMI-CEC control. It has light output of up to 3,500 ANSI lumens and a sealed optical unit that is maintenance free for the first 20,000 hours of use. There are two projectors in the series - the PT-LRZ35 and the PT-LRW35 - both with a 1.3x manual zoom. The PT-LRZ35 has a throw ratio of 1.28-1.69 and WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution. The throw ratio on the PT-LRW35 is 1.35-1.77 and is has WXGA (1280x800) native resolution. Both include two of the aforementioned CEC-supported HDMI inputs that are HDCP 1.4 compatible plus an additional two D-sub HD inputs and a composite video input. The PT-LRZ35 series projectors will be available August 2020.
The three PT-FRZ60 series laser projectors all have WUXGA (1920x1200) native resolution with a range of ANSI lumen output - 6,000 ANSI lumens for the PT-FRZ60, 5,200 for the PT-FRZ50, and 5,000 for the PT-FRZ55. The FRZ60 and FRZ50 have a 1.46-2.94 throw ratio with a 2.0x manual zoom, while the FRZ55 is a fixed zoom projector with a 0.8:1 throw ratio. As with the PT-LRZ35 series, the PT-FRZ60 series projectors have two HDMI ports (in this case with HDCP 2.2) that are CEC supported. They will be available November 2020.
On the live entertainment side is the PT-RQ35K 3-chip DLP laser projector series and the PT-RZ990 1-chip DLP projector series. The PT-RQ35K is said to be the smallest 30,000 ANSI lumen projector available and offers up to 4K (3840x2400) resolution on screen using Panasonic's Quad Pixel pixel-shift technology. For 4K/60 signal input, the RQ35K has a single HDMI port with HDCP 2.2. To aid with setup logistics within a tight installations, the Smart Projector Control application makes it easy to adjust settings even without powering up the light source. Utilizing near field communication (NFC), basic setup functions can be accessed by holding a mobile device near the projector's touchpoint. The other projector in the PT-RQ35K series - the PT-RZ34K - has the same 30,000 ANSI lumen output with a native WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution. It doesn't have an HDMI port like the RQ35K, and instead has a BNC SDI in and DVI-D input that is compatible with HDCP. There's no lens included the PT-RQ35K series. Availability of the two PT-RQ35K series projectors will be in December 2020.
Based on their innovations, both the PT-RQ35K large venue projector and the PT-LRZ35 classroom/meeting room projectors were honored with Best of Show Awards in Panasonic's booth at ProjectorCentral's Projection Expo 2020 virtual trade show.
In the medium-to-large venue category targeted at museums and houses of worship, the new PT-RZ990 series consists of four different models - the PT-RZ990, PT-RZ890, PT-RZ790, and PT-RZ690. The primary difference is their light output. The RZ990 is the brightest at 9,400 ANSI lumens while the RZ890, RZ790, and RZ690 have light outputs of 8,500, 7,000, and 6,000 ANSI lumens, respectively. All four projectors in the PT-RZ990 series have a WUXGA (1920x1200) native resolution. With the supplied powered zoom lens, the projectors have a throw ratio of 1.71-2.41:1. All four are also available without a lens (indicated by an L at the end of the model number). They have five different video input possibilities - SDI via BNC, HDMI HDCP 2.2 that can accept 4K/60 signals, DVI-D, RGB via five BNC connections, and RGB via a D-sub HD 15-pin connector. As with the PT-RQ35K series, projector settings can be adjusted with a mobile device using the NFC-enabled Smart Projector Control app. PT-RZ990 series availability is October 2020.