Panasonic PT-AE1000U LCD Projector: First Look

Price: $4,000 (MAP)

Highlights: Three-chip 1080p LCD with dynamic iris for deep blacks, dual HDMI inputs, motorized zoom and focus, vertical and horizontal lens shift, Color Management System

Panasonic's recent LCD projectors have offered a compelling combination of high performance and features at surprising prices. Now, Panasonic is not only offering its first 1080p projector with a dynamic iris for deeper blacks, it's delivering all this at a street price of $4,000 (although list is $5,999 Minimum Advertised Price is spec'd at just $4K). This is one of the most full-featured and least expensive 1080p projectors we've seen. Stay tuned for a full review from UAV as soon as review samples ship. Available to consumers now.