Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company has introduced two feature-packed micro-portable projectors equipped with native 16:9 LCD panels ideal for viewing wide-screen video presentations including DVD and HDTV productions. The PT-L300U and PT-L200U projectors are expected to find broad acceptance in home theatre, business communication and public entertainment applications. Both models offer advanced digital processing technologies that include Digital Cinema Reality™, digital noise reduction and 3-D Y/C separation.

The flagship PT-L300U incorporates three 960 x 520 pixel panels (1,555,200 pixels total), a high brightness of 800 ANSI lumens and outstanding 800:1 contrast ratio to deliver stunning wide-screen pictures. The companion PT-L200U provides three 858 x 488 pixel panels (total 1,240,000 pixels), a brightness of 700 ANSI lumens, and an excellent contrast ratio of 700:1.

The PT-L300U also offers exclusive image-enhancement technology that utilizes a double refraction crystal device to minimize black separation between pixels, which has been a common problem with non-CRT based home theatre projectors. In addition, the PT-L300U offers a Digital Video Interface (DVI) terminal that allows it to directly receive digital signals from Personal Computer systems.

The PT-L300U provides both vertical and horizontal keystone correction to compensate for image distortion when the projector is used at an angle to the screen. Thanks to an extra short-throw lens, the PT-L300U can display an 80” wide-screen diagonal image from a distance of just 8 feet.

The PT-L300U and PT-L200U offer an SD Memory Card slot for display of JPEG and MPEG-4 images recorded by an SD Memory Card-equipped digital still or digital video camera. Both projectors can display image sizes ranging from 40” to 200”, with easy adjustment using the manual optical zoom. They are HDTV-capable and can accept 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i DTV images, plus NTSC. PAL and SECAM analog video formats. The 6.4-pound units offer an abundance of input terminals, including RGB (D-sub HD 15-pin), 4-pin S-video, video, YPBPr, and audio.

Other key features of these projectors include flexible color settings (color temperature adjustable and three user-settable picture adjustment modes); super-quiet operation (only 28dB); a back-lit, multi-function wireless remote; 7-language on-screen menu; and a 120W UHM lamp with a lamp life of up to 5,000 hours. The dimensions of these highly stylish, slim projectors are 11” W x 3-11/32” H x 10-1/32” D. Optional accessories include wide conversion lens to lengthen or shorten the projection distance, and a ceiling mount bracket.

The PT-L300U and PT-L200U will be available in January 2003 at suggested list prices of $2,799 and $1,999 respectively.