Panasonic PT-AE8000U 3D LCD Projector Specs

Type: LCD
Native Resolution: 1080p
3D: Yes
Rated Lamp Life (lamp mode): 4,000 hours (Normal); 5,000 hours (Eco)
Dynamic Iris: Yes
Lens Shift: Yes (manual)
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 18.5 x 6 x 14.4
Weight (pounds): 19.2
Price: $3,499 (replacement lamp, $379)

Inputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (3), component video (1), composite video (1), S-video (1), mini D-sub HD 15-pin (1, computer)
Additional: RS-232 (1), 12VDC trigger (2)

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Altugumut's picture

Hello, I recently have purchased the panasonic pt- ae8000. What I was wondering is what settings did you end up settling with after the calibrations?

willdao's picture

As I understand it, the lack of motorized lens shift is not an issue when, e.g. shifting from 16:9 to 2.3x:1, as when programming this feature, the setup adds a step in the macro sequence that digitally shifts the image up and down on the chips. IIW, you set the zoom for each aspect ratio, then center the image for each, digitally, and this is remembered as part of the sequence when you shift between them. No need at all to mess with the physical lens shift after initial placement and physical setup.

So, actually, this is a highly desirable feature exactly because of this capability, among Constant Image Height (CIH) cognoscenti. And, it's been around for awhile. The AVS boards have exploded with enthusiasm over this CIH-without-anamorphic-lens feature--for the last four generations of Panny PJs that have had it (including the "drought" between the PT-AE4000 and the PT-AE7000). So, from CEDIA 2008 (PT-AE3000u announcement) until's been one of Panny's huge selling points--or at least "product-differentiator"--until recent efforts from competitors to offer similar features and programming have resulted in more marketplace choice.

Frankly, I'm surprised it took so long...I had predicted that Panasonic's mid-tier PJ arch-rival (but, ironically, Panny's LCD chipset supplier) Epson, at least, would've jumped on this feature within a product cycle, given their competition (mutual domination) in the space. Took awhile for anybody to get all that excited about offering competition. But, as the technology and market matures before the "next big thing" [LED? Lasers? 16K HD?(!]), etc., I guess we all win when manufacturers double-down on features, even if real performance advances merely minutely. If I were to buy a PJ tomorrow, for example, Lens Memory-type features as implemented on the 8000u would be a must-have feature, period. (Perhaps with the Elite Osprey dual-screen setup, for well under two grand...a compelling "top of the midrange/tasting the high-end" duo, depending on PJ choice. Would that the feature were truly ubiquitous, however.)