Video of Panasonic PT-AX200U in Action

As soon as we got our hands on the new Panasonic PT-AX200U gaming projector we hooked it up and played some video games. Halo 3 was an obvious choice, and a few other popular Xbox games. We also hooked up the Wii, for some afternoon calisthenics (remember that movie Gung Ho?). We took a little bit of video on our Panasonic Lumix and Leica digital cameras and uploaded them to share.

Projector Setup: Setting up the Panasonic PT-AX200U with the Xbox and Wii

Here you can get an idea for the size of an image the AX200 can produce. It’s not as big as it could be, but it is probably as big as it needs to be. We didn’t measure the screen, but a rough estimate would be about 6 feet by 11 feet for a 12-14 foot diagonal (or 144-180 inches!). The characters within the games are sometimes actually larger than the person playing the game. That’s a big image.

Panasonic PT-AX200U Connections

There are two HDMI, 2 s-video, a VGA (computer), and component video inputs.

Panasonic’s Light Harmonizer Technology

It’s a little hard to see on the video, but this technology was originally designed for business use, for lights on presentations. They have since adapted it for their home theater projector.

Game Play: Panasonic PT-AX200 on Xbox Halo 3 Edition

Battlefield 2

Halo 3 (4 players)

More Halo 3 (4 players)

Halo 3 (1 player)

Halo 3 intro

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Projector People

Projector People’s own Kelly Lamison attended CEDIA last month and shares her insight into the event and its impact on home theater projectors.

DLP vs. LCD Projectors: The Battle of Projection Technology

The age old war between DLP and LCD projectors wages on. But this time, in the 1080p battle, the camps have exchanged strategies.

The Prices, They’ve Dropped.

It was a DLP projector, the Optoma HD80, that was the first 1080p projector to break the price barrier with a low $2,699 street price this summer. At 1300 lumens bright with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the 1080p HD80 projector is quite a deal. Epson

Projector People

Projector People’s own Kelly Lamison attended CEDIA last month and shares her insight into the event and its impact on home theater projectors.

DLP vs. LCD Projectors: The Battle of Projection Technology

The age old war between DLP and LCD projectors wages on. But this time, in the 1080p battle, the camps have exchanged strategies.

The Prices, They’ve Dropped.

It was a DLP projector, the Optoma HD80, that was the first 1080p projector to break the price barrier with a low $2,699 street price this summer. At 1300 lumens bright with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the 1080p HD80 projector is quite a deal. Epson

Projector People’s CEDIA Round Up – The 720p Home Theater Projectors

This is our favorite time of year. The air is cooling, the holidays are coming, and the new projectors are officially rolled out for consumption. This year the focus seems to be on the 1080p resolution, but there are two very interesting developments in the 720p camp.

The New 720p Projectors
Game Mode Logo Get in the Game – Panasonic sure did. Their next generation Panasonic PT-AX200U projector sports a new “Game Mode” which improves signal processing for a virtually zero-delay response time from controller to image. Game Mode also pumps up the detail in the crucial dark scenes common in many video games. Without Game Mode, these scenes look muddy in the shadows, but in Game Mode the details in those dark areas are revealed.

Images on another projector

Projector People’s very own Joey Shipley was the first gamer in the U.S. to test the new Panasonic Game Mode with a copy of Splinter Cell running on the new Xbox Elite. He will be trading in his Panasonic PT-AE900U for the new PT-AX200U. Panasonic also has the endorsement of Major League Gaming. Tom Taylor, known in the professional gaming circuit as Tsquared, manned the Panasonic booth at CEDIA – challenging visitors to a round of Halo 2 and recounting how his experience with the new PT-AX200U projector is “unmatched.”

[ photo: Typical projector in dark scenes. Some detail missing in the darkest areas of black. ]

Game images on Panasonic PT-AX200U in Game Mode

The PT-AX200U features the same 2000 lumen brightness, 720p resolution, 6000:1 contrast ratio, and Hollywood color tuning as its predecessor. (Panasonic really does take its engineering samples of home theater projectors to Hollywood color studios for final color adjustments before their production runs.) The PT-AX200U also adds an additional HDMI input, improved Light Harmonizer technology, and a refined Advanced Dynamic Sharpness control for clearer more natural images.

[ photo: Example of Panasonic PT-AX200U projector in dark scenes. Greater detail in black areas of the image. This is cruicial in video gaming because much of the ‘action’ takes place in the shadows. ]

Expect the PT-AX200U to ship around October 1, 2007. At the moment, your guess is as good as ours on the street price.

Epson MovieMate 72

Make the Rounds – Epson is the first manufacturer to bring an all-in-one DVD player and projector to market in 720p, HD resolution. Their new MovieMate 72 3LCD projector incorporates an up-converting DVD player that up-converts standard definition DVDs to HD 720p and sends an all-digital signal to its native 1280 x 720 resolution projector partner. Both devices sit in a newly designed chassis that can swivel so that the DVD can be loaded from any side.

A very nice package for the price (ESP $1200), the new MovieMate 72 projector also features built-in, 5-watt speakers with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS sound. Other bonuses include lens shift (another first in this category), and an HDMI input for another high-definition device.

Kelly Lamison

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