Lens Memory Settings from Panasonic

So you’re watching “Forrest Gump” for the 161st time. The film ends. You dry your eyes and then switch over to “How I Met Your Mother” for a little comic relief.

Only you forget that you were watching “Forrest Gump”, which was shot anamorphically, in the 2.35:1 format on your super wide screen. “How I Met Your Mother”, like most TV shows, is in the 16:9 format. Doogie Howser, er I mean Neil Patrick Harris’ face spills over the screen.

Time to climb up and manually adjust the projector’s zoom and focus so that the image fits on your screen, right? Not if you own a Panasonic PT-AE7000U or Panasonic PT-AE8000U.

Panasonic was one of the first projector manufacturers to introduce lens memory settings. This allows you to save the zoom and focus settings for super widescreen images, like movies shot anamorphically, as well as for narrower films shot in the 16:9 format. Where you used to have to do this all manually, now you just press a button and let the projector do the work while you grab another beer.

This is especially useful for those with a 2.35:1 format screen who don’t want to shell out for an expensive anamorphic projector lenses.

See below for a video demonstration by Rena Yotsu, a product manager at Panasonic and good friend of Projector People.

Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D projector first look

“Outstanding!” “Another Panasonic home run!” “Very impressive!”

That’s what our team of Projector Experts had to say after they saw the new Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D projector in action Monday. Panasonic visited the Projector Headquarters to show off their highly-anticipated new home theater projector.

“It’s loaded!” said Projector Expert Rich Morgan.

The Panasonic PT-AE7000U, Panasonic’s first 3D projector for home theater, will hit the shelves in September with an MSRP of $3,499 ship the last week of September with a price tag of $2,999. Order your Panasonic PT-AE7000U » today. It is the first 3D home theater projector to use LCD technology, long praised for its accurate and vibrant color reproduction.

The new Panasonic PT-AE7000U

At 2,000 lumens, the Panasonic PT-AE7000U is about 25% brighter than most similarly-priced 1080p 3D home theater projectors. It provides up to a 480Hz image in 3D mode, virtually eliminating cross talk. The Panasonic PT-AE7000U also allows you to adjust the depth of the 3D image and is capable of converting 2D content to 3D in real time.

“It did a great job with the 2D to 3D conversion,” said Projector Expert Donna Moretz.

A longtime leader in projectors, Panasonic has also created a name for itself in the 3D world. Panasonic specializes in all aspects of 3D content and production. They design the 3D cameras used on film sets, are involved in the creation of 3D Blu-rays, and even sponsor 3D research and development at the Panasonic Hollywood Labs in Universal City, CA.

Panasonic’s goal is always the same: deliver to viewers exactly what the movie producers and directors envisioned when they created the film.

Panasonic PT-AE7000U compared to the PT-AE4000U

The PT-AE7000U is the tenth generation in a long line of highly-acclaimed home theater projectors. Panasonic’s most recent home theater release, the AE4000U remains one of the most popular home theater projectors on the market.

While we here at the Projector Headquarters remain big fans of the AE4000U, we saw it compared to the new AE7000U and were downright dazzled. The AE7000U has a contrast ratio of 300,000:1, triple that of the AE4000U. Blacks were deeper and colors looked more realistic thanks to improvements to the color filter, iris and LCD panel.

“I didn’t think Panasonic could improve the colors from the PT-AE4000U because they were so fantastic, but they did! The PT-AE7000U colors are even better! Much deeper black levels too,” said Projector Expert Carmen Aiken.

We weren’t the only ones floored by Panasonic’s latest offering. Panasonic revealed the new PT-AE7000U 3D projector (AKA the Panasonic PT-AT5000 in the EU and other parts of the world) to a team of journalists and tech aficionados last week. The reviews were very positive.


Our friends at ProjectorReviews.com said the display was “most impressive” and the box was “far better looking” than its predecessor. Compared to the PT-AE4000U, the Panasonic PT-AE7000U had blacker blacks and a more dynamic image, added ProjectorReviews.

HomeTheater.com said the AE7000U was “was certainly brighter and punchier with more vibrant color and deeper blacks.”

Panasonic retained and improved upon many of the features included in earlier projector models, including the joystick lens shift that allows you to move the projected image diagonally as well as horizontally and vertically. The PT-AE7000U also has a hinged lid that makes changing the lamp a breeze.

Panasonic said the PT-AE7000U won’t ship with 3D glasses. However, users will be able to choose from three different sized glasses – small, medium and large – when purchasing accessories.

Panasonic PTAE7000U 3D projector quick look

  • Ships in September
  • $3,499 MSRP
  • 2,000 lumens
  • 480Hz in 2D
  • 480Hz in 3D when “3D Eyewear Brightness” is set to “Normal”, 240Hz when set to “Dark”
  • 300,000:1 contrast
  • Active shutter technology
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 3 HDMI inputs

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