Panasonic has announced the upcoming release of a new series of 3LCD SOLID SHINE laser projectors, each featuring 0.64-inch LCD panels, and ranging in light output from 5,200 to 7,000 ISO21118 lumens—making them a good choice for situations with some ambient light, such as classrooms or conference rooms. The PT-VMZ71 Series consists of the 7,000-lumen VMZ71, the 6,200-lumen VMZ61 and VMW61, and the VMZ51, VMZ51S, and VMW51 that output 5,200 lumens. All six projectors have a dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. The projectors are rated to last 20,000 hours in normal lamp mode (24,000 hours in Eco) without maintenance.
The PT-VMZ71 Series projectors all have a 16:10 aspect ratio—VMZ models of the series have a native WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution, while the VMW61 and VMW51 are WXGA (1280x800). All models support 4K/30 input, have a 1.6x zoom, and a 1.09-1.77:1 throw ratio. They have a +44% vertical and ±20% horizontal lens shift. A six-point screen correction feature allows the image to be perfectly lined up.
All projectors have two HDMI in that are CEC-compatible, and all but the VMZ51S have an HDBaseT input. The optional AJ-WM50 USB dongle is available to add Wi-Fi functionality to the Series.
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The PT-VMZ71 Series projectors measure 4.53 x 15.71 x 13.7 inches (HWD), with the 7,000-lumen VMZ71 weighing 15.9 pounds (making it the lightest in its class), the 6,200-lumen VMZ61 and VMW61 weighing 15.2 pounds, and the 5,200-lumen VMZ51, VMZ51S, and VMW51 weighing 14.3 pounds.
The PT-VMZ71 Series will be available in April 2022 and will replace the current PT-VMZ60 Series. All models are available in white, while the VMZ71 and VMZ61 are also available in black. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Panasonic PT-VMZ71WU projector page.