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Panasonic PT-AR100U Projector Video Summary

Posted on July 11, 2012 By Phil Jones

Panasonic PT-AR100U Projector

Award_HotProduct_largeWhen the PT-AR100U was reviewed, it received our Hot Product Award and our Best in Class Under $2000 (2D Only) Award. The full review goes into all the details but here are a few basics:

  • Projector: Panasonic PT-AR100U
  • Similar Projectors: Acer H9500, Epson Home Cinema 8350, Epson Home Cinema 3010
  • PT-AR100U MSRP: $1999, Street Price: $1199 online
  • Native Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)
  • Brightness: Manufacturer claim: 2800 lumens, 2377 lumens measured (Dynamic, wide angle on the lens
  • Contrast: 50,000:1Best in Class Award Winner
  • Zoom Lens ratio: 2:1 manual zoom and focus
  • Lens shift: Horizontal and Vertical (manual)
  • Lamp life: 3000 hours in eco mode, estimated 2000 hours at full, Lamp: $349
  • Weight: 19 lbs. (8.6 Kg)
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor


  • 2D projector with exceptional brightness
  • Ready to go, right out of the box, with 8 color mode choices, including Cinema1, REC709, Sports, Games, and Dynamic, to name a few
  • Dynamic iris for improved black level performance
  • Frame Interpolation (but not CFI)
  • Brightest in class
  • Suitable for theater or family room, particularly good for the living - family - other room environment
  • Excellent placement flexibility
  • Very Long life lamp
  • Zoom lens with wide range, lens shift, for placement flexibilty
  • 2 HDMI
  • One year warranty
  • Street price around $1000 - makes for an excellent price/performance value


From the Editor: This video was created as a summary of the original, full, in-depth projector review of the Panasonic PT-AR100U that was posted in March 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 elligible 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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