PT-AR100E: High-contrast 2D projector from Panasonic
Autor: Markus Hevesi
12/02/2011, 18:14 CET
Panasonic offers a new midrange model, only in Australia, for the time being. In terms of light output, the new products exceeds the more expensive PT-AE7000E: 2,800 ANSI lumens of brightness are produced by the 280-watt lamp of the PT-AR100. The equipment of the 3LCD projector with a contrast ratio of 50,000:1 includes full HD resolution and two HDMI inputs.
Who does not like to watch movies in complete darkness just in order not to miss any details, will appreciate the ambient light and colour sensors. They are not only responsible for the white balance, but also fit gamma curve and sharpness to the ambient lighting conditions. Helpful in setting up: the vertical keystone correction of +/-30 degrees and the twofold digital zoom. Horizontal and vertical lens shift are there, as well.
The Panasonic PT-AR100 offers a number of sophisticated power management functions. (Photo: Panasonic)
The projector lamp is designed for up to 4,000 hours of operation. To exploit this lifespan and largely reduce power consumption (maximum: 350 watts), the PT-AR100 can be shut off via a timer. This is true even when the projector detects no input signal.
The function 'Dynamic Iris Pro' compares current images with three billion templates. If there is a match, the projector uses a more efficient screen setting for the current image and thus saves about ten per cent of energy. Down Under, the PT-AR100 is in sale for 3.079 Australian dollars (about 2330 €) in December.