Posted on October 7, 2012 By Art Feierman
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.
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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