Panasonic PT-AE3000U Projector Review

A summary of the Panasonic PT-AE3000 projector’s pros and cons and capabilities.

Bottom Line

The Panasonic PT-AE3000 is an excellent projector. It is certainly one home theater projector that should please just about everyone, especially when you consider its price performance. In fact, there are no serious downsides to this Panasonic projector. True, its average brightness in both best and brightest modes, will lose it some potential owners, including those who plan on larger than 110″ screens or have more than the minimal amounts of ambient light to deal with.

Black level performance beats out all but a handful of projectors, most of which cost from fifty percent more, to three times the price. It has excellent color after calibration, (it’s even really good right out of the box), excellent placement flexibility, and a host of innovative, performance enhancing features. We’re not talking steriods here, but features for smooth high speed motion, the ability to optimize the projector for a 2.35:1 projection screen, so that there are no letterboxes when watching Cinemascope movies, and even a fast mode for gamers concerned about lag – the video trailing the game console and the audio.

Panasonic PT-AE3000 Projector: Pros

  • Excellent color and overall image quality, after calibration. Most folks looking primarily for movie watching will find it an excellent fit. An extremely watchable picture, that impresses
  • Extremely good black level performance
  • Very good shadow detail
  • Three HDMI 1.3 inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, etc.
  • Creative frame interpolation for smooth fast motion, with 96/120fps frame rate
  • Fast response for gamers
  • Support for an anamorphic lens
  • Sixteen savable memories
  • Well laid out menus
  • Savable zoom lens feature for 2.35:1 aspect ratio support and using a 2.35:1 screen
  • Excellent placement flexibility with 2:1 zoom and lens shift
  • Very quiet operation
  • Good manual, but thin on some explanations for many functions
  • Very good menus and remote control
  • Excellent price performance

Panasonic PT-AE3000 Projector: Cons

  • Sharpness could be a little better (it is about average though)
  • One year warranty only is standard, although Panasonic is (11/08) offering a mail in rebate for a second year
  • Physical styling is very plain (for those who care)
  • In most cases not bright enough for larger screens (over 110 inch diagonal)

Panasonic PT-AE3000 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • The low end of average brightness in “best mode”
  • Average brightness in “brightest mode”
  • Range of the remote control
  • Lamp life

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