New range of 4K displays and projectors dominate Panasonic's ISE press conference - Installation

New range of 4K displays and projectors dominate Panasonic's ISE press conference

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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