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PANASONIC ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY FOR THE WORLD’S SMALLEST 50K LUMEN, NATIVE 4K PROJECTOR: THE PT-RQ50K

Panasonic has announced availability of the world’s smallest 50,000 lumen laser projector with Native 4K resolution. It delivers new levels of immersive experience at live events and entertainment venues with half the effort and twice the reliability of existing solutions. Designed for the rental and staging market and theme parks, where fast set-up and reliability are essential, the PT-RQ50K is a single body, 3-Chip DLP laser projector with groundbreaking image quality, swift set-up features and market leading resilience. It will be available to buy in Europe from December 2019.

“RQ50K is an all-in-one projector that allows our partners to create breathtaking experiences with ease and reassurance,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European Marketing Manager at Panasonic Business. “It is the combination of our finest image quality and our long proven “half” and “dual” concept. Partners will be able to deliver the premium experience with half the effort and double the reliability.”

Groundbreaking image quality
A single PT-RQ50K can match the output of two lower brightness projectors, reducing installation and set-up time. It delivers groundbreaking Native 4K resolution at 50,000 lumens with separate Blue and Red phosphor laser technology creating powerful colour reproduction. The addition of Red laser technology delivers an enhanced colour gamut, delivering an image closer to Rec. 2020 and the SMPTE2120 colour specification.

Swift set-up
In the rental and staging market, space and time are at a premium. The single body PT-RQ50K is half the size (under 370l) and weight (under 130kg) of competitor projectors, and does not require any additional external chillers or laser racks, reducing the time and cost of transport and installation. Ergonomically designed handles and built-in eyelets allow the projector to be easily moved and installed without the need of a rental frame.

Handling, cabling and set-up time are also reduced because a single PT-RQ50K projector can now do the job of two 30K lumen projectors, drastically reducing the number of projectors required for complicated installations.

The PT-RQ50K also comes with a number of unique Panasonic features to further reduce set-up times. For the first time, Panasonic’s Geometry Manager Pro software is pre-installed on the device removing the need for additional installation and delivering valuable features such as geometric adjustment, edge blending, colour matching, brightness control and masking.

A small LCD screen has been included in the device, alongside the input ports, to aid simple set-up and to check status information and error messages.

A new Remote Preview function allows installers to connect their PC to the device via a LAN cable to preview content remotely while the projector shutter is still in place. The device also works with the upgraded Panasonic Smart PJ Control app, which allows installers to focus faraway screens from their smart phone.

Market leading resilience
With the live entertainment industry a notoriously harsh environment for visual equipment, Panasonic has drawn on its expertise in designing resilient and reliable devices for the new PT-RQ50K.

Already the first manufacturer to design a filter-less cooling system for a 3-Chip DLP laser projector, Panasonic has optimised the design for the PT-RQ50K. The device also has a shielded laser drive to keep away unwanted dust from the critical optical engine. A new and improved finless radiator has also been incorporated for efficient cooling and continuous operation.

Panasonic understands that in live events device failure is not an option, so the PT-RQ50K has built-in back-up features for inputs, light source, and power - removing the need for additional hot back-up devices. In the case of signal failure, the projector automatically switches over to a back-up input signal within 0.3 seconds. The failover design in the device maintains output even in the case of light source failure.

The PT-RQ50K launches with a comprehensive new line-up of lenses, especially designed for the projector, with throw ratios ranging from 1.13 to 7.69.