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A summary of the Panasonic PT-DZ770UL and a list of this Panasonic projector's pros and cons.
10-15-2012 - Mike Rollet
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Projector: Bottom Line
The Panasonic PT-DZ770UL is an excellent performer and a good bargain for someone looking for a large venue, commercial projector with 2K or WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution.. It offers a combination of high brightness, excellent sharpness, and good color balance and image depth, all at a street price that is among the lowest in its class. With easy setup via its power zoom, focus and lens shift, as well as its variety of available lenses, it is easily integrated into any installation. The Rec. 709 picture mode is well suited to video presentations and the DICOM simulation picture mode will be a big plus in medical school auditoriums. For the advanced user, its extensive grayscale and color management adjustment capabilities will allow it to perform photo and video presentations that will display highly accurate color.
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The PT-DZ770UL’s closest competitor is the Sony VPL-FH500L, which has nearly identical specs. The VPL-FH500L has the same resolution, multiple lens options, DICOM simulation, 7000 lumen rated output and street price. The main difference is that the Sony is a 3LCD projector. While we have not tested the Sony VPL-FH500L, we would expect it to perform similarly (albeit brighter) to the recently reviewed Sony VPL-FH30. The Sony is likely to have better color in its brightest mode, but is also likely to be less sharp than the Panasonic. The Panasonic also has the ability to combine images side-to-side with multiple projectors. There really isn’t a great deal of difference (spec-wise) between the two projectors, so check both out before making a decision. As always, your choice really comes down to your presentation needs.
While there is no wireless network capability, that’s probably less of a concern for a projector that’s not intended for portability. Similarly, the lack of network presentation capability is a negative, but a minor one at that. We’d also like to see a better warranty and greater projected lamp life, but Panasonic has a good reputation for reliability. All in all, you could spend a lot more and do a lot worse than the PT-DZ770UL. It has a very good set of features and solid performance, all at a price that’s among the lowest in its class (dual lamp, WUXGA).
If you’re in the market for a large venue projector, the Panasonic PT-DZ770UL certainly deserves your consideration.
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Projector: Pros
- Optional lenses are easily interchanged and allow for installation over a wide range of distances from screen
- High brightness combined with high resolution (WUXGA) makes this highly capable in large venues
- Extremely sharp image with any resolution source
- Very good color balance with all but the brightest picture mode
- DICOM picture mode for medical / educational purposes
- Side-by-side display and multiple projector merged display with Edge blending
- If mounted, both lamp and filter can be changed without unmounting the projector
- Auto Iris for improved black level performance
- Three year warranty is better than average
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Projector: Cons
- Has dust filter that must be maintained
- No network display capability
- Lacks wireless features