We decided to review the PT-VMZ50 instead of the VMZ60, because we felt that the price difference, combined with 5,000 lumens being plenty for most education uses, make it the more logical projector to review. Nice to know, though, if you need more “horsepower” but the VMZ50’s feature set is fine for your purposes, that you can buy the brighter projector without busting the budget. Other than the brightness and price, the feature sets are the same.
A $2,499 list price puts the VMZ50 squarely at the same price point as the Christie in this report, as well as a host of affordable lasers from Epson, Sony, NEC, BenQ and others. This is the hottest, most competitive class of projectors out there right now.
These can go into large K-12 rooms like multi-purpose, but we really see this as a higher education projector. And, it is small (very) and light enough (less than 16 pounds) to be practical to move from room to room, from say a large classroom to a lab, and back.
The feature set is rather impressive, but this Panasonic projector, stands out among a class of pretty similarly equipped projectors. First, its small size makes it one of only two particularly small models that use 3LCD.
Portable, and laser projector, are rarely found in the same sentence, but this Panasonic is unusually small for a laser projector. Both this Panasonic, VMZ50 and also the Sony CWZ10 (which we will be reviewing Q2 2020) are the two smallest laser competitors I’m aware of.
Since 3LCD provides higher color lumens, that would make the Panasonic seem brighter – with excellent color, than the DLP competition (but there’s plenty of 3LCD competition too, so what else does this projector have going for it? Expect this Panasonic to easily outshine the 5,000 lumen DLP projectors, especially since Phil measured the VMZ50 at 5,042 lumens in its brightest mode – Dynamic. Standard Mode, with High-Bright Mode selected and measured at wide angle on the zoom 5,698 lumens! All the major modes measured at least 4,000 lumen at mid-point on the zoom. And, of course, as a laser projector those lumens will only drop over long periods of time (unlike lamps). Dynamic, without High Bright, tops 5,000 lumens! Check out the image.