Panasonic PT-P1SDU Product Overview
2. 4x3 Aspect Ratio LCD Chip - Image can be set for either 4x3 or 16x9 aspect ratio. This means that the PT-P1SDU can be used to display both wide-screen and traditional video images.
3. 800x600 Native Pixel Resolution - 400:1 Contrast Ratio - 1500 lumens light output - 130 watt lamp. This combination is what drives the quality of the image you actually see on the screen.
4. Image size range: 38 to 300 inches. This means that the PT-P1SDU projector is rated to be used with screens as small as 38 inches and as large as 300 inches.
5. VGA, S-Video, and Composite Video inputs. Component Video via optional VGA/Component Adapter Cable. This means that the PT-P1SDU can be used with a VCR, camcorder, PC, Laptop, or DVD player.
6. SD Card slot for playback of digital still photos. If you have a digital still camera that uses an SD memory card, you can display images on the card by inserting the card directly into the projector.
8. Multi-language onscreen menu interface. This is very convenient for overseas use.
9. Wireless credit card style wireless remote control. The wireless control can fit into a shirt pocket, which is very convenient for business or classroom use.
10. Carrying case included.
Setup and Installation
The Panasonic PT-P1SDU is easy to set up, especially for the novice.
After setting up a screen (size of your choosing), position the unit at the optimal distance from the screen (your choosing). I chose to place the unit on a mobile cart to make this easier, but the PT-P1SDU can be ceiling mounted with an accessory mount.
Starting up the projector is easy. First, plug in your source (such as a DVD player) to the proper video input. Then, plug in the power. All you have to do is turn on the single power button on the projector and wait for a blue screen or image to appear on screen.
When you turn on your source, such as a DVD player, the PT-P1SDU will automatically search for it and project the image on to the screen.
Hardware Used In Evaluation
1. 10-foot (120-inches) diagonal (16x9) custom-made theatrical screen that I used to project images sizes ranging from full screen down to 40-inches for the purpose of this review.
2.JVC XV-NP10S DVD Player - Code Free Version with S-Video and Progressive Scan Component outputs.
4. Two upscaling DVD players with 720p/1080i output capability: The Samsung DVD-HD931 w/DVI output, and the Helios X5000 DVD/Network Player with 720p,1080i output via component video connections..
5. Optoma H56 and Mitsubishi XD-350U 4x3 DLP projectors for comparison.
Software Used In Evaluation
DVD software used included scenes from the following:
Kill Bill - Vol1/Vol2, The Cave, The Corpse Bride, Master and Commander, Chicago, Lord Of the Rings Trilogy, Passionada, The Cave, Alien Vs Predator, Moulin Rouge, The Mummy, Ed Wood (Region 3 - NTSC), and Crying Freeman (Region 2 - PAL).
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