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Panasonic Introduces new PT-DZ21KU, PT-DS20KU and PT-DW17KU Projectors - Press Release

Comments by Projector Reviews staff: Panasonic has announced a new series of 3-chip DLP projectors designed for museum, house of worship and auditorium applications. Offering 20,000 lumens and a new more compact case size, the new PT-DZ21KU, PT-DS20KU and PT-DW17KU projectors offer options for those of you involved in these kinds of purchasing decisions.  Read on for more information from Panasonic! Press Release PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST 20,000 LUMEN PROJECTOR SERIES The PT-DZ21K Series 3-Chip DLP projectors feature 20,000 lumens of brightness, low maintenance and setup flexibility in a compact size Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2012 – Panasonic, a provider of professional projector solutions, today announced the PT-DZ21K Series, compact, 20,000 lumen 3-chip DLP projectors for applications that require extremely high brightness. The Series includes the PT-DZ21KU with WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution and 20,000 lumens of brightness, the PT-DS20KU with SXGA+ (1,400 x 1,050) resolution and 20,000 lumens of brightness, and the PT-DW17KU with WXGA (1,366 x 768) resolution and 16,500 lumens of brightness. In addition to the high brightness and compact size, the projectors boast long lamp replacement cycles of up to 2,000 hours, 3D compatibility and installation flexibility, making the projectors ideal for large-venue applications. This includes environments such as auditoriums and museums and rental and staging applications that require easy handling. The combination of four new 465W UHM lamps and Dynamic Iris allow the projectors to deliver a 10,000:1 contrast ratio for high brightness and high picture quality. The PT-DZ21KU and PT-DS20KU projectors are 3D ready, providing greater visual impact for the viewer. This encompasses an active shutter system in which the projector can be easily equipped with an external emitter via the 3D timing signal IN/OUT terminal. For a passive polarized 3D system, frame sequential, side by side, and top and bottom formats are supported. Together, these technologies combine to create bright and beautiful images. For medical school and hospital applications, the projectors are equipped with the DICOM Simulation mode, enabling end-users to view X-ray images. “Our customers told us there is a market need for powerful, bright, reliable, yet more compact large-venue projectors that will also help alleviate excess costs associated with shipping and transport,” said Scott Wellington, Product Marketing Manager for Projectors at Panasonic Solutions for Business. “The introduction of the PT-DZ21K Series 3-Chip DLP projectors, that is nearly 50 percent smaller than the current industry offerings, is Panasonic’s direct response to helping end-users realize increased ROI without sacrificing product performance and visual experience for their audience in a variety of environments – from museums and auditoriums, to large-scale rental and staging applications.” The devices have been designed with an extremely small footprint due to a highly efficient optical design as well as an improved liquid cooling system that makes it possible to keep the noise level to a minimum during operation. Due to its compact size, the Series’ total cost of ownership is further enhanced by saving warehouse space and minimizing the cost of shipping devices from one location to another. The PT-DZ21KU Series is built to maximize savings with a maintenance-free Eco Filter with a lifespan of up to 12,000 hours, and low-power consumption of under 2,500W. The PT-DZ21K Series helps realize unique and captivating video performance with numerous built-in features. The Lens Memory adjusts the image size and location in up to three different projection positions. Users can program the mechanical shutter to fade the image in and out during show transitions, and all three models have built in Edge Blending, as well as Multi-Unit Brightness Control for projections onto wide screens and surfaces to create an immersive experience. Furthermore, both PT-DZ21KU and PT-DS20KU projectors are able to project onto various curved-screens with the Geometric Adjustment feature, which can be enhanced with the optional upgrade kit, ET-UK20, to support even more diverse curvatures and shapes with bitmap masking. Basic installation flexibility is provided by a comprehensive optional lens selection that supports a wide range of throw distances. 360-degree installation capability enables projections onto floors and ceilings. The projectors boast high durability with an operating temperature between 32°~113° Fahrenheit. Flexibility and reliability are further enhanced by the projectors’ capability to handle more than 100 input signals. Several available input terminals include SDIx2, HDMI, DVI-D, LAN (RJ45) and 3D timing signal IN/OUT. In addition, end-users can remotely monitor and operate the PT-DZ21K Series projectors using Panasonic’s own Multi Projector Monitoring and Control Software. The web browser feature enables users to view and send email alerts from the projector.                 PT-DZ21K Series Specifications:
Brightness 20,000 lumens 20,000 lumens 16,500 lumens
Resolution 1,920 x 1,200 pixels 1,400 x 1,050 pixels 1,366 x 768 pixels
Aspect Ratio 16:10 4:3 16:9
Contrast Ratio 10,000:1 10,000:1 10,000:1
3D Ready Yes Yes -
Weight 110.2 lbs. (optional lens not included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 24-7/16” x 11-15/32” x 31-1/2”
Features and specifications are not final and are subject to change without notice. The PT-DZ21KU projector will be available in May 2012, and the PT-DS20KU and PT-DW17KU will be available in June 2012, with the MSRP being announced at the time of availability. For more information on Panasonic professional projectors, please visit or e-mail Follow Panasonic:Panasonic professional projectors can be followed on, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Panasonic Solutions for Business Through its broad range of integrated business technology solutions, Panasonic empowers professionals to do their best work. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to reach their full potential, achieve competitive advantage and improve outcomes. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, high definition visual conferencing, projectors, professional displays and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at About Panasonic Corporation of North AmericaBased in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking ( As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at Information about Panasonic and its products is available Additional company information for journalists is also available

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