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Panasonic announces new ‘beyond 4K’ projector and six new 4K displays at ISE

Michael Garwood 6 February 2018

Panasonic has today (Feb 6) unveiled a new series of projectors and 4K displays at ISE as part of its 2018 lineup

The technology giant, who has been exhibiting at ISE since 2005, made the announcements during a press conference hosted by Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager this morning,

The 2018 line up includes what Panasonic describes as providing ‘beyond 4K’ laser-phosphor projector, the 3-Chip DLP, PT-RQ22K.

Aimed at live event staging, exhibitions, rental, and permanent installations, the “easy to install” and “heavy duty” projector provides brightness levels of 21,000 lumens and 4K+ (5120 x 3200) resolution.

It also includes a Quad Pixel Drive and 240 Hz real motion processor, heat-resistant phosphor wheels and supports premium HDR video content playback.

It’s due to ship in August this year. Pricing was not announced during the conference.

“The PT-RQ22K completes the Panasonic 4K projection lineup, complementing the PT-RQ32K and PT-RQ13K, and meets the demand for a light weight, high-brightness 4K+ projector with film-like image quality, suitable for single or stacked projections,” said Kulessa.

“We have combined class-leading picture quality and a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by shielding the optical engine with heat-pipe based cooling, eliminating the need for an air filter. The whole projector can operate with no maintenance for very long periods of time, even in dusty environments.”

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In addition to RQ22K, Panasonic also added the RZ120, which is a new ‘high brightness’ 1-chip DLP projector, providing 12,000 lumens brightness. Like the RQ22K, the model is being targeted at rental and staging, museum exhibition, auditorium, digital signage (retail) markets.

A third projector, the 1-chip DLP, RZ870 laser projector was also announced, providing 8,500 lumens and 1,920 x 2,200 resolution.

Both the RZ120 and theRZ870 is November will be available from November. No pricing details were given.

Display

Beyond projection, Panasonic has announced six new ‘entry class’ professional 4K display’s, the EQ1 Series – ranging from 43-86 inch in size.

The LCD panels come with, 350 cd/m2 brightness, making them ideal for shopping centres, showrooms, meeting rooms, and classrooms. The two largest panels (86/75-inch) also feature In-Plane Switching technology, which maintains colour accuracy and clear visibility when the screen is viewed off-axis.

The new display series presents 4K imaging with a slim depth and stylish narrow bezel design which maximises the screen area in relation to the display’s physical size. 

To support the latest 4K and Full HD video content, all the displays have two HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI terminals to play DRM-protected content. Like all displays in this series, the EQ1 features VESA-compliant mount.

“The design focus for the EQ1 Series, was to simplify the installation, setup, and control of the displays,” said Enrique Robledo, Marketing Manager at Panasonic. “Each has a USB media player that displays 4K and Full HD content without the need for external cables or a Set-top Box. In a local network, content can also be updated using a master USB device, synced across multiple displays via LAN.”

Single or multiple displays can be monitored and controlled using Panasonic Multi-Monitoring & Control Software. This free software includes basic control capabilities, able to expand its function by using Early Warning Software, for networked displays—ideal for schools, retail and offices.

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