The connection panel is on the left side of the projector, rather than in the rear as usual. This connection panel is flanked by two air intake vents. From left to right, the panel has the following connections: a LAN port for network control, composite and S-video and inputs, five BNC video input jacks, an HDMI input, a DVI-D input and a standard RGB computer input. In a row below these inputs are remote input and output jacks for controlling multiple projectors simultaneously, a DB9 jack for an external remote control system, and RS-232 serial control input and output ports. Finally, there is a Kensington lock port, a power cord connection and a power on/off switch. There are no audio connections as the PT-DZ770UL has no internal speaker (useless on a projector of this type) and all audio would be via an external system.
On the right side of the projector, we have the main intake vents, including access to the air filter cartridge. The filter pulls straight out from and can then be cleaned by soaking in water or replaced. The rear of the projector is dedicated to easy access to the lamps, as well as a control panel. Most of the rear panel is a cover and air exhaust vent for the two lamps. The cover is easily removed and the lamps are held in place with three screws each and pull straight out for easy replacement. The control panel has enough buttons to perform almost all of the most used functions without the remote. In addition to Power on/off buttons, there are individual buttons for each input, accessing the power zoom, focus and lens shift, auto setup and shutter (which blanks the image), menu and menu navigation (left, right, up, down and enter).
The placement of the lamp and dust filter cover on the rear and side panels respectively allows for easy access when the projector is ceiling mounted, without having to unmount it.
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Setup and Menus
Although it’s really designed for permanent mounting, the PT-DZ770UL’s two front adjustable feet, power zoom, focus and lens shift, allow it to be easily set up in either table or ceiling mounting installations. This adjustability will usually make keystone correction unnecessary, but the PT-DZ770UL offers a digital keystone correction that works quite well with a minimally misaligned image.
Ideally, keystone correction should be kept to a minimum as its potential detrimental effect on the image quality detracts from the super sharp image a projector like the PT-DZ770UL is capable of projecting. The PT-DZ770UL also includes an assortment of built-in test patterns that can be displayed to assist in alignment setup, as well as for making other picture adjustments.
Once the image is properly aligned with your screen, you can bring up the menu to select the desired Picture mode, as well as additional picture adjustments. There are seven available Picture modes to choose from and each can be fine tuned with the usual Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint and Sharpness adjustments. There are other adjustments for the advanced user, such as full grayscale RGB adjustment in the User color temperature mode, as well as full color management of both primary and secondary colors.
If you’re using the PT-DZ770UL in a multiple projector configuration (see the Special Features section of this review), there are other adjustments to create a seamless transition from one projector to the next.
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Menu Slideshow