Panasonic Supplies Two Series of Projectors for Schools, Business; Develops New PressIT360 Video Conferencing Solution
Two new series of LCD projectors are using Panasonic’s SOLID SHINE laser light-source and designed for instant and engaging communication in the bright environments of school classrooms and business conference rooms. In addition, the company has unveiled a new 360-degree video conferencing solution designed to take the stress out of hybrid meetings.
Panasonic PT-LMZ460 and PT-TMZ400 Short Throw Lens Series
The Panasonic PT-LMZ460 Series offers the ability to start presenting instantly with Quick Startup enabling projection from standby in just one second. Alongside flexible use and better than Full HD resolution for sharp pictures, it also has a 1.2x zoom lens and brightness of up to 4,600lm at Native WUXGA. This enables the reproduction of images at their original aspect ratio while providing extra screen area when displaying webpages and spreadsheets. The short-throw Panasonic PT-TMZ400 Series, with up to 4,000lm brightness at WUXGA, can also serve as a cost-efficient entry solution for museum and signage applications.
The refined optical design and efficient SOLID SHINE Laser light-source in both projector series reduces energy consumption, waste, and maintenance, making them an environmentally friendly investment. It extends light-source replacement to 20,000 hours, reduces the chance of projection interruption and maintains consistent brightness over long periods. Together with ECO Filter, which doesn’t need maintenance for up to 15,000 hours, the SOLID SHINE Laser makes for easy projector management. The efficient optical design also cuts power consumption to just 280 W.
The projectors are designed for easy collaboration, such as with Panasonic’s PressIT presentation system, and sharing content with freely available apps or streaming content to a media player. System integration is seamless thanks to 4K input-signal compatibility.
Weighing from just 4.5 kg (9.92 lbs), choose a model with 1.2x zoom lens (PT-LMZ460 Series) for extra flexibility, or with short-throw lens (PT-TMZ400 Series) to project an 80-inch image from just 83cm (32.68 inches), ideal for smaller rooms. Digital Zoom Extender allows existing ceiling mounts to be used even when they are located beyond the optical range of the lens and all models are installable at any angle through 360-degrees.
Panasonic PressIT360 Video Conferencing Solution
The intuitive to use Panasonic PressIT360 connects to a PC with just one USB Type-C cable and provides high-resolution visuals and clear sound. The solution is an addition to the Panasonic PressIT family, with the Panasonic PressIT Wireless Presentation System already popular for collaboration in meetings.
Everyone has experienced how difficult and tiring it can be to participate in physical meetings when joining remotely. Remote participants struggle to get the same attention from the group. The PressIT360 meeting camera overcomes these issues and removes barriers between online and physical meetings, without compromising on sound or picture quality, by drawing on Panasonic’s unique ProAV experience in camera, microphone and speaker technologies.
PressIT360 contains all the essential elements for easy hybrid video conferencing, including four integrated cameras with a resolution of 2560×1440 to provide a 360o horizontal view of the room, alongside seven microphones and sound, with Panasonic’s unique recognition technology to ensure the speaker is always in clear view. The PressIT360 highlights the picture of those speaking to the entire meeting group by placing a framed close-up of the person into the video meeting. This means even remote participants can clearly see the expressions and gestures of those speaking – providing a much more natural and effective meeting experience.
Placed on a desk or in a meeting room, it can detect speakers up to 5M away and is equipped with an echo, noise cancelling and volume equalization function to automatically adjust for sound quality whether speakers are at a remote location or in the room.
For easy set-up and use, video, audio and power are shared to the PC via a single USB Type-C cable. Volume and up to 5 video modes can be controlled using buttons on the unit pedestal. Using the device is intuitive with operating status easily visible from the coloured LED ring on the unit.
The slim design (width excluding pedestal 63.4mm/2.5” and height 285mm/11.3”) makes it easy to carry around the office in one hand. Alternatively, it can be simply attached to a tripod or permanently installed on a desk and securely fastened with Kensington lock slots.
“With colleagues increasingly working from remote locations, it is more important than ever to easily be able to bring people together in a realistic meeting environment,” explains Vanessa Lovric, European Product Manager for Panasonic Visual Solutions. “This Panasonic hybrid meeting solution provides the freedom to create and collaborate effectively – wherever you are located.”