Panasonic PT-FRQ50 4K DLP Business/Education Laser Projector Review

June 14, 2022

/ By Projector Reviews Staff

PT-FRQ50 Available in black and white chassis
PT-FRQ50 Available in black and white chassis

The Panasonic PT-FRQ50 is a SOLID SHINE, professional, DLP laser projector that can display 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution with a rated brightness of 5,200 lumens. The PT-FRQ50 is an installation-class projector that uses a laser/phosphor wheel light engine and is rated to deliver 20,000 hours of low-maintenance operation in Normal light mode. This projector offers smooth and detailed 4K images, easy system integration, and high reliability.

The PT-FRQ50 offers a 2.0x manual zoom

The PT-FRQ50 offers a 2.0x manual zoom (throw ratio: 1.46–2.93:1), manual focus, F 2.0–3.4, f 21.5–43.0 mm, and a large amount of vertical and horizontal lens shift for convenient installation flexibility. Of course, the PT-FRQ50 has all the connections you would expect on a better business/education class projector, including HDMI 2.0 and a DIGITAL LINK (HDBaseT) port.

In this review, I'll be giving you a brief overview followed by a list of the highlights and notable features, a tour of the hardware, and some insights into the picture quality and performance of the Panasonic PT-FRQ50.

Panasonic PT-FRQ50 Specs
Price $4,999 MSRP
Technology DLP w/ XPR (Single-Chip DMD)
Native Resolution 1920x1080x4
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 5200
Contrast 20,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.0X
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 20,000
Weight 35.5
Warranty 3-year or 12,000 hours (whichever comes first) laser diode warranty

OVERVIEW

5,200 rated lumens
5,200 rated lumens

The Panasonic PT-FRQ50 is a 5,200-lumen, 4K installation projector with a laser/phosphor light engine rated for 20,000 hours of low-maintenance operation. The PT-FRQ50 features one of Texas Instruments' newest (0.65") DLP Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) chips. Panasonic claims the unit can deliver a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000;1.

The PT-FRQ50 is equipped with 2.0x zoom and ample horizontal and vertical lens shift for enhanced installation flexibility. The PT-FRQ50 is part of Panasonic's FRQ Series of 4K installation DLP laser projectors which also includes the 6,000-lumen PT-FRZ60. Both models are housed in a similar chassis measuring 19 5/8˝ x 6 5/8˝ x 19 3/8˝ (498 x 168 x 492 mm) and weighing between 35 to 36 pounds each. The two main differences between the models are brightness and price.

Panasonic PT-FRQ50 Projector rear panel with connections

The PT-FRQ50 offers the wide range of connections a professional user would expect to find on an installation-class projector. Inputs include dual HDMI and a DIGITAL LINK/LAN (HDBaseT) input. For applications where smooth motion is important, the projector supports frame rates up to 240 Hz/1080p. The PT-FRQ50 can project content at a resolution of up to 4K@60 fps via its HDMI and DIGITAL LINK terminals (HDBaseT). 

PT-FRQ50 offers solid build quality and installation flexibility

Like most Panasonic projectors we have reviewed in the past, the PT-FRQ50 offers solid build quality and installation flexibility. The addition of HDR support means this projector should be ideal for use in museums and art galleries where picture quality is critical. Panasonic also provides an input-to-output latency of 8 ms or less for applications where smooth motion is important.

Let's get into the review and find out how well the projector performs.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5,200 Lumens
  • $4,999 RRP (Recommended Retail Price)
  • Laser Light Source – 20,000 hours (NORMAL/QUIET)/24,000 hours (ECO)
  • 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) Resolution with Quad Pixel technology
  • Supports 4K@60 fps via HDMI or DIGITAL LINK (HDBaseT) terminals
  • 240 Hz/1080p with an input lag reduced to 8 ms
  • DLP by Texas Instruments (0.65") DMD technology
  • 20,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • 4K HDR-10 and HLG signals support
  • Vertical and horizontal lens shift for mounting flexibility.
  • Advanced Networking via RJ-45 connection
  • DIGITAL LINK (HDBaseT) for transmitting video over long distances via low-cost CAT5e or higher standards
  • Network monitoring and control
  • Filter-less Dust Resistant Optical Block
  • Network monitoring and control software and Early Warning Software
  • 360-degree front and side body-rotation
  • 3-year or 12,000 hours (whichever comes first) laser diode warranty

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