Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-RZ16KU 3-Chip DLP Laser Projector- Flexible and Reliable Performance in Nearly Any Venue

By Jennifer Mash

Advancements in projector laser light sources have resulted in higher brightness while reducing power consumption. A great example of this is Panasonic’s new PT-RZ16KU 3-Chip DLP Solid Shine laser projector which supports 16,000 lumens of full brightness on standard AC 100–120 V to bring professional image quality to any live event such as  conventions, concerts, tradeshows, church services, banquet events

Many comparable 3-Chip DLP™ projectors need AC 200–240 V to operate at full brightness, limiting installation opportunities where commercial voltages are unavailable. Since you can plug the PT-RZ16KU into a standard wall outlet, this reduces installation complexity making the projector ideal for use in historic or older buildings and venues which typically would require expensive and lengthy retrofitting to rewire the venue or install other specialized infrastructure.

According to Panasonic, the dual laser drive delivers consistently stable brightness over extended periods of operation. Lasers do not degrade at the same rate as lamps, and they don’t need maintenance until 20,000 hours. The laser light-source doesn’t require time to warm up, so images appear almost instantly. There’s no cool-down required when turning the power off at the mains or room breaker – the projector can be turned on and off any time as necessary. Contributing to the claimed 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, the PT-RZ16KU boasts refined filter-less cooling.

The hermetically sealed optical block exceeds the AV industry’s toughest dust-proofing guidelines, preventing particle intrusion and associated image degradation. The PT-RZ16KU projector is cooled by a heat-pipe-based system featuring a one-way airflow path, eliminating the need for an air filter. The projector can be operated continuously even in dusty, high-traffic venues like churches and museums.

To provide eye-catching and stunning visuals, the powerful PT-RZ16KU offers 3-Chip DLP® technology for R/G/B and consistently stable brightness. Panasonic states that the PT-RZ16KU displays content with a wider color gamut, while supporting life-like High Dynamic Range (HDR) reproduction. Colors from the richest blacks to the purest whites are precisely and consistently reproduced. Noise-reduction targets dark areas in HDR images while Detail Clarity Processor 5 reveals nuances in high-resolution content.

In addition to vivid color, the PT-RZ16KU features a Real Motion Processor to boost native 60Hz footage to 120Hz for smooth and realistic motion rendering. Dynamic Contrast analyzes the input signal frame-by-frame and directly adjusts the amount of light produced by the light source according to the contrast requirements of each scene. As well as increasing precision, Dynamic Contrast more accurately reproduces scenes where light and dark images frequently interchange.

Unlike many lamp-based projectors, Solid Shine laser projectors can be installed in any orientation. This may be an advantage for use cases like advanced multi-projector mapping applications at trade shows or anyplace where portrait orientation is preferred. The PT-RZ16KU can be installed at any vertical and horizontal angle – including straight up and straight down.

In the case the PT-RZ16KU is not easily accessible after installation, users have several safe and contactless ways to manage projector settings. Thanks to Panasonic’s Smart Projector Control application, users can manage controls via smartphone or tablet without having to power on the projector. With Free Grid, installers can use the projector remote control to perform V/H line or control-point adjustments on grids up to 17 x 17 lines to correct image distortion caused by uneven surfaces or irregular objects on flat or curved screens. When it’s not feasible to connect a PC, Free Grid produces a similar result to comparable software-based solutions.

Along with flexible installation, reliability is another factor. Multi Monitoring & Control Software (MMCS) lets event staff manage the projector remotely via a PC with Early Warning functionality adding off-site monitoring from a tablet via VPN. This optional software alerts users to problems before they occur, enhancing system reliability. The PT-RZ16KU projector also features auto-backup input which maintains the image display even if the primary signal is interrupted by immediately switching to a backup signal, helping ensure mission-critical events will continue seamlessly without any interruption.

The PT-RZ16KU ships without a lens but to ensure maximum flexibility, Panasonic offers a wide selection of optional lenses, including compatibility with the ET-D3LEF70 Fisheye Lens, making spectacular full-dome mapping possible from a single projector.

Offering stunning 16,000-lumen brightness, high reliability, and versatile installation on 110-120V AC power, Panasonic claims the PT-RZ16KU can make the live event experience feel more realistic, captivating, and impactful while eliminating distracting color washout or choppy footage. The PT-RZ16KU 3-Chip DLP™ SOLID SHINE Laser Projector is currently available from select retailers at $69,999USD (minus lens).