Launched today at the IFA show in Berlin is the Panasonic PT-AE4000 projector, said to be "designed for a prosumer audience of savvy home theatre enthusiasts and audio video professionals".
The new model, which replaces the current PT-AE3000, comes with a wide range of new features, including a new optical system, 1600 lumen brightness, 80,000:1 contrast ratio and 100Hz Intelligent Frame Creation.
Also new is an enhanced Lens Memory 2 system, able to store up to six zoom/focus positions, and offer automatic switching between 16:9 and 2.35:1 content using signal aspect detection.
Advanced Gamma Adjustment allows free control of the input and output level of the gamma curve, a new 'Red Rich Lamp' increases colour definition, and a polarising filter is used to avoid light leakage onto dark areas of the screen.
Panasonic's Detail Clarity Processor 3 is designed to apply sharpening only to those areas requiring it, and Smooth Screen processing is available to reduce the 'chicken wire' effect common to other LCD projectors.
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The PT-AE4000 has three HDMI inputs, extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift to simplify installation and an intelligent power management system, able to reduce lamp output in scenes where full brightness isn't required.
The new projector goes on sale at the end of October, at a price yet to be set.