PT- AE7000 vs. Home Cinema 5010 Overview
Start out with two 3LCD projector concepts. Build a light path around the same new, 480hz LCD panels, add two different but similar range zoom lenses, a lot of fancy 2D and 3D processing, a pair of very different warranties, really good black levels in one case, and great ones in the other, and a noteworthy, but not massive difference in brightness.
Then there are the differing features we discuss, the Panasonic PT-AE7000's Lens Memory, for example, or the Epson HC5010's split screen capability.
At this point it would be appropriate to mention that The Epson has a MAP price $300 below the Panasonic, which should yield a $300 lower street price. Remember that there is a second version of the Epson - the Home Cinema 5010e.
That "e" version is the same price as the Panasonic. For that extra $300 you get WirelessHD. Of course, if you don't have a need for WirelessHD, you will save the $300 and go with the regular Home Cinema 5010 projector.
All considered, the Panasonic and Epson projectors have a lot in common, but also some distinguishing features that will help you decide which works best for you. I'll discuss my own preferences, and the whys, as this moves forward.
I think it makes the most sense to discuss 2D and 3D separately. I believe that we projector owners, are the most likely to fall for 3D. I have. I'll point out that most of my 3D viewing enjoyment has nothing to do with 3D movies. My favorite "stuff" instead, is non-movie content on Blu-ray or HDTV, including content of concerts, travel, science, history, sports and more. But first, I want to address the core differences between these two projectors and what they bring to the party. The two most obvious different features are the Panasonic's lens memory, and the Epson's split screen.