The latest range of Panasonic 3-Chip DLP laser projectors, available in December, are poised to set new standards for immersive location-based entertainment with spectacular 4K image quality alongside ease of set-up and use.
Dubbed the ‘world’s smallest and lightest’ 30,500 lumen projectors, the PT-RQ35K (4K) and PT-RZ34K (WUXGA) are designed to visually thrill visitors to museums, exhibitions, theme parks and events, and are ideal for projection mapping. Its unrivalled reliability and Quiet Mode (46dB) also make it perfect for use at conferences and in auditoriums.
“With consumer behaviour changing, location-based entertainment (LBE) brands and destinations will need to compete with bigger and more stunning attractions to bring visitors back into venues,” said European Marketing Manager at Panasonic Business, Hartmut Kulessa. “Immersive digital experiences will play a huge part in this transition. With its spellbinding picture quality and expanded colour gamut, compact body and simplified workflow, the PT-RQ35K Series is the ideal projector for creating the enhanced in-person experiences that LBE venues need.”
The combination of 30,500lm brightness, 4K resolution with Quad Pixel Drive and a new laser engine create images that set a benchmark for the projector class. Panasonic uses 2-Axis Pixel-Shifting technology to create clear and detailed images (3840 x 2400 pixels; 4K/16:10).
Panasonic’s latest laser engine, with red and blue lasers, enhances colour to new levels of realism by expanding the colour gamut to 114% of its predecessor, the RQ32K projector. This includes optimised blue-laser wavelengths and Dynamic Digital Control to regulate red laser output and cooling for consistent image quality. In addition, the Multiple Laser modules are equipped with Panasonic’s Failover Circuitry. If a single laser diode fails, projection continues uninterrupted with imperceptible loss in brightness.
At 40% smaller than the current RQ32K projector, the RQ35K Series can be transported, stacked and installed by two people. Once in place, the series has a host of features to speed and ease set-up.
Smart Projector Control, using NFC, enables the installer to prepare for set-up via an app on their mobile phone without plugging in the projector. Remote Preview is a great time saving feature that allows projectionists to check for signal image and content via a web browser or app with the projector still in standby and shutter on.
The need for content editing to eliminate colour banding is also removed with the introduction of another first, the Gradation Smoother function. Operators can select three levels of image correction appropriate to the severity of the problem, or disable the function when it’s not needed. A high visibility Information Monitor on the projector further simplifies set-up and operation and displays errors in real-time for faster response.
The Series also comes with optional Geometry Manager Pro software pre-installed for those that need bitmap masking and to automatically and simultaneously calibrate edge-blends using an external camera.
Thanks to its filterless design and premium optical parts, such as the hermetically sealed DMD block and shielded laser drive, the RQ35K Series delivers 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation. To ensure the show always goes on, Backup Input guarantees continuous picture display by automatically switching between signals in as little as 0.3 seconds if the signal is interrupted.
For images in any location space, the Series is compatible with Panasonic’s line-up of 18 lenses for its 3-Chip DLP projectors. This includes a Fisheye Lens for dome projection; and the new Ultra-Short-Throw Lens (0.370:1, WUXGA) and Short-Throw Zoom Lens (0.645–0.850:1, WUXGA) with zero offset.