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Sanyo PLV-Z3 Projector

720P Home Theater Projector
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From Sanyo —   If you've ever been disappointed by dim, low-resolution images on a typical home theater projector, prepare to be amazed. Amazed that something this compact can produce images so large, so bright, and so lifelike. Amazed how easily you find yourself drawn in by the on-screen spectacle. The source of all this amazement? Superior SANYO know-how. Our new TopazReal technology - real 10-bit digital image processing, an electronic lens iris, and React Image mode - enables higher-definition projection of all your video formats. Your movies are delivered with accurate color, superb contrast, and uniform brightness across an entire 100-inch 16:9 screen. You could call it a revolution in home theater. We simply call it the Z3. Sanyo is now part of the Panasonic Group and officially discontinued its production and sales of projectors in 2012.

  • Wide 16:9 LCD Panels with 2,764,800-Pixel High Resolution
  • Real 10-Bit Digital Image Processing for 1.07 Billion Colors
  • Electronic Lens Iris
  • React Image Mode
  • High Contrast Ratio of 2000:1 for Real Blacks
  • HDMI for High-Quality Connection to Any Device
  • Vertical and Horizontal Lens Shift Adjusts Projected Screen Without Impairing Image Quality
  • 1.3x Zoom Lens Enables 100"-Screen Projection from Throw Distances as Short as 3m

Sanyo PLV-Z3 Projector Specifications

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Now part of Panasonic
October 2004
3 Years
User Reviews
(83) Review this Projector
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White Brightness
800 Lumens (ANSI)1
Aspect Ratio
16:9 (HD)
Dynamic Iris
Display Type
0.70" 3LCD
Color Processing
Video Modes
720p, 1080i, 1035i, 575i, 576p, 480p, 480i
Data Modes
MAX 1920x1080

Lamp Type
135W UHP bulb
Lamp Model
610-317-5355  Buy Replacement Lamp

Included Lens
1.3x manual zoom , manual focus
Optional Lenses
Lens Shift
Horizontal +/-50% & Vertical +/-100%
Throw Distance
9.8' - 20.0'  Calculate Throw Distance
Image Size
76.00" - 200.00"
Throw Ratio
1.40:1 - 1.80:1
Projector Placement
For a
diagonal screen, place the projector lens between 10'-1" and 12'-11" from the screen.
Digital Zoom
Digital Keystone
Vertical only

Projector Size
4.59" x 14.13" x 10.77"
9.0 lbs
Internal Speakers
210 Watts 100V - 240V
Additional Features
User may clean dust from LCD panels

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ANSI LUMENS  is the most commonly accepted industry standard brightness measurement. The ANSI lumen rating measures the brightest white that a projector can produce by averaging nine light meter measurements taken across the projected image.

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BUYER BEWARE   Either this projector's brightness specification does not cite an industry-accepted unit of measurement, or according to our calculations it seems unlikely that this projector is capable of producing the manufacturer's cited brightness specification.

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