The Panasonic PT-VMZ50 is a ultra-compact footprint 5,000 lumen installation WUXGA projector with a laser/phosphor light source that is rated for 20,000 of maintenance-free operation.
The PT-VMZ50 utilizes a 3LCD imager of instead of the single DLP chip found in many compact higher brightness laser projectors which should improve bright color reproduction. I’m sure using 3LCD instead of single chip DLP is also a factor in the projector’s excellent contrast. The PT-VMZ50 is rated at 3,000,000:1 (with dynamic contrast) and the unit native contrast also appears to be pretty good as well.
While the PT-VMZ50 is a WUXGA projector it can accept 4K@30P content via HDMI1, HDMI2 or HDBaseT for increased clarity and detail. The PT-VMZ50 has manual horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.6x zoom lens, dual HDMI inputs and a HDBaseT input. It also features USB 2.0A input and a LAN port for network control and asset management. The optional Wireless Module (AJ-WM50) combined with Panasonic’s free Wireless Projector app allows for up to 16 simultaneous wireless connections.
The laser light source and reusable air filter ensure years of maintenance free operation. Panasonic PT-VMZ50 owners also receive a 3-year parts and labor warranty.
The PT-VMZ50 offers high brightness with the longevity of a laser light source plus lots of connectivity in an ultra-compact package. Even if size isn’t that important to you, the PT-VMZ50 vivid color reproduction and good contrast would still make it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a business projector.
While the PT-VMZ50 is missing some features found on more expensive business class projectors like interchangeable or motorized lenses at a retail price of just $2499, the Panasonic PT-VMZ50 is a great value.