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Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review

Posted on October 7, 2012 by Art Feierman
The PT-DZ7700UL is a very serious commercial projector for larger venues, continuous operation.  Dual lamp, 7000 lumens, advanced networking.  Capable of excellent color! In this review, the version we worked with was the PT-DZ770UK ("K" signifying the black exterior), but for convenience we have dropped the "K" in our review. See this projector in our annual Classroom Projector Report, sponsored by: Click Here! Editor's comment:  The PT-DZ770UL projector is what we refer to as "heavy metal" around here. It will typically be used for  rental and staging, auditoriums, hotel ballrooms, and large media rooms.  And, it is extremely high resolution, above 1080p. October 2012 - Mike Rollet

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Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Specs
Price 16699
Technology DLP
Native Resolution 1920x1200
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 7000
Contrast -
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.7 to 2.4:1 (standard lens)
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 2000 hours (Normal brightness) Dual Lamp
Weight 34
Warranty 3 years

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Projector Highlights

  • Excellent Brightness – 7000 lumen rating
  • Wired networking control capability
  • Flexibility of installation – Vertical and horizontal lens shift, plus choice of seven optional lenses
  • DICOM medical imaging picture mode
  • Rec. 709 picture mode for HDTV viewing
  • Side-by-side feature displays two images simultaneously
  • WUXGA resolution of 1920x1200

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Projector Overview

Need a reasonably-priced high resolution projector with enough brightness for a presentation in an auditorium?  Panasonic’s new PT-DZ770UL twin lamp, single chip DLP projector fits the bill.  It is a high brightness (7000 lumen rating), high resolution (WUXGA - 1920 X 1200) projector that also delivers a super sharp image.  As you would expect, the PT-DZ770UL has a complete set of connection options for a PC, Mac and other video sources, including the traditional VGA cable, DVI-D, HDMI, 5-BNC component video, S-video and composite video.  There is also serial control and pass through capability.

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The PT-DZ770UL is designed for a permanent installation.  While lighter than most of the competition, its size and weight (about 36 lbs. with standard lens) still make it unlikely to be used as a "portable" projector, except, perhaps, when placed on a cart.

The PT-DZ770UL is network connectable (through its LAN input) allowing for control of the projector, as well as monitoring the projector’s status, scheduled maintenance and problem notification remotely.  As likely uses of this projector would include medical school training and medical imaging presentations, Panasonic has included a picture mode that conforms to the grayscale requirements of the DICOM standards.  This is routinely used to provide a clearer picture of X-ray images (see details in the Special Features section).  The PT-DZ770UL also supports a variety of network control options.  In addition to simple browser-based control, the projector can be set for control via the PJLink, Crestron RoomView and AMX D.D. protocols.

The PT-DZ770UL does not come with a lens (the “L” designation actually means “no lens”), but for our review, we were provided with both the standard zoom lens (1.7 to 2.4:1) and a shorter throw lens (1.3 to 1.9:1).  There are seven lens options in total, six zoom lenses ranging from 0.8 to 8.6:1, as well as a fixed focus lens (0.8:1) for rear projection setups.  These lens options are explained in more detail in the “Special Features” section below.

There are two other projectors in the PT-DZ770 series.  The PT-DW740 has 7000 lumens and WXGA resolution), and the PT-DX810 has 8200 lumens and XGA resolution.  Both have dual lamps and all of the lens options, connection and control capabilities of the PT-DZ770UL.

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