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Panasonic PT-AE8000U Projector Video Summary

Posted on March 18, 2013 By Phil Jones

Check out the full review here.

Panasonic PT-AE8000U Projector

When the PT-AE8000U was reviewed, it received our Hot Product Award. The full review goes into all the details but here are a few basics:

  • 2D and 3D capable with best in class brightness for 3D
  • Very good color and skin tones
  • Extremely good black level performance - a true "ultra-high contrast" projector
  • Extensive feature set makes it a very good potential choice for most people with the moderate budget
  • Rated 2400 lumens (and comes very close) making it very bright for a home projector targeted first for a dedicated home theater, but just as happy in a family room
  • All considered, perhaps the best placement flexibility of any home projector without interchangeable lenses
  • Lens Memory - discussed below - part of that "best" flexibility
  • Power zoom and focus, and lots of manual lens shift
  • 3 HDMI 1.4a inputs
  • Waveform monitor - like to tweak the settings? Have a blast, with your own split screen and analysis functions - toys for techies
  • Excellent price/performance value


  • A very bright "brightest" mode, - A light canon with over 2000 usable lumens, six hundred calibrated
  • Very clean 3D, three brightness settings
  • 3D glasses exceptionally light, very comfortable
  • Truly outstanding placement flexibility
  • Lens Memory - for using widescreens without an anamorphic lens (a real plus for some)
  • CFI - smooth motion, one of the smoothest/best, many may even use for movie viewing, who would not engage most others for same
  • Calibrates very nicely, though not the absolute most natural color
  • 3 HDMI 1.4a (Blu-ray 3D compatible) inputs
  • 480hz panels for faster response time, including gaming
  • Nice remote control
  • CFI and Dynamic iris both function in 3D!
  • Works with 3rd party glasses, as well as some brands like Epson and some Optoma
  • Excellent Lamp Life (4000/5000 hours)
  • Very quiet operation, even at full power
  • Extensive, and well laid out menus
  • Dark finish, which is ideal for most home theaters
  • Waveform monitor and split screen adjustments for the enthusiast/tweaker
  • An excellent value - it simply does more of most things, for less than most of the competition


From the Editor: This video was created as a summary of the original, full, in-depth projector review of the Panasonic PT-AE8000U that was posted in October of 2012. It was directed and scripted by Lisa Feierman, and features Art Feierman, editor of

Videos that are part of the Projector Reviews TV channel are created by Projector Reviews Inc. If we review a projector and it wins one of our awards, it becomes eligible for a video summary. Of course, we can only do a limited number of these videos. In some cases, we will choose a projector review to do a video of. In other cases, a request may come from the manufacturer. As we do with the rest of the content on our website, we offer manufacturers Permissions.

With these paid Permissions, manufacturers can post these videos on their own websites, pass them out to their dealers, and use them for other promotional purposes including trade shows and point-of-sale displays in retail stores. These videos are very short versions of the full review. In just a few minutes worth of video we can't begin to capture all the information in the review, so we call this a video summary.

If this video is positive and enthusiastic about the projector, is simply because the review itself was positive and enthusiastic. We try to make the videos more fun, a bit less dry, with far less technical detail. Enjoy, but also visit the full review for more depth, even the settings that work best. Thanks! -art

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