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Panasonic introduces upgraded version of DZ21K series at ISE 2015

Panasonic has announced a major upgrade to its flagship large-venue projector, with the release of the new quad-lamp, 3-chip DLP™ DZ21K Evo Series.

The DZ21K Evo is an update to Europe’s leading high brightness projector, developed for the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2012 and used extensively across the rental and staging industry.

Together with a powerful DMD chip to enable 120 Hz driving speed, Panasonic has refined the Evo series’ optical engine to enhance focus performance, resulting in improved image clarity, resolution and contrast.

Other upgrades include a DIGITAL LINK™ single LAN cable connection, two 3G-SDI inputs (PT-DZ21K2 and PT-DS20K2 only), and a newly developed picture enhancement system (Detail Clarity Processor) for accurately reproducing images.

Panasonic has also redesigned the lamp modulation system and extended recommended lamp replacement from 2,000 to 3,000 hours. The new series is significantly more efficient, thanks to its reusable long-life eco filter and a reduction in power consumption through the use of lower-wattage lamps.

Furthermore, a hermetic liquid cooling system with pressure sensor has lowered noise from 49 dB to 46 dB, which represents a 50 per cent drop in perceived noise.

Hartmut Kulessa, Marketing Manager Projector Products, Panasonic Visual System Solutions, said, “The projector maintains the key features of the original, such as 20,000 lumen brightness, 10,000:1 contrast, and up to WUXGA resolution.

“The DZ21K series has been incredibly popular and has set the bar for high brightness projection. We feel we have significantly enhanced the product, without losing any of the appeal of the original, and importantly we’ve maintained the same compact body weighing just 43 kg.”

Installation flexibility is also a highlight with powered horizontal/vertical lens shift, multi-screen support (comprising edge blending, colour matching, and a multi-screen processor), multi-unit brightness control, geometric adjustment for projection onto curved surfaces, and extensive connectivity.

The DZ21K Evo Series comprises the PT-DZ21K2 (20,000 lm, WUXGA), PT-DS20K2 (20,000 lm, SXGA+), PT-DW17K2 (17,000 lm, WXGA), and PT-DZ16K2 (16,000 lm, Full HD) and is scheduled for release in July 2015.

Visit the Panasonic booth at 1-P20 at ISE2015, Amsterdam RAI from 10th–12th February to see a demonstration or to obtain more information on these and other Panasonic visual systems products.