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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Tar­geted at the niche crowd, the Pana­sonic’s AE pro­jec­tors try to bring home a cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence. While the AE 7000 came with an im­pres­sive 2000 lu­mens lamp, the lat­est AE 8000 stands out for its 3D pro­jec­tion qual­ity. This full-size pro­jec­tor comes with a 2400 lu­mens lamp, which is red rich for more bright­ness. The pro­jec­tor also of­fers a con­trast ra­tio of 500000:1. There is a 480 Hz full HD panel that also aids in pro­ject­ing bright and clear con­tent. The colours look nat­u­ral, even when you are pro­ject­ing in 3D, the USP of this unit.

Usu­ally, the bright­ness de­creases dras­ti­cally while view­ing 3D con­tent, but here the videos were bright and im­pres­sive. There is a 3D view­ing mon­i­tor on­board to help in­crease and de­crease the depth of the 3D con­tent. Con­sid­er­ing there isn’t much 3D con­tent avail­able in the mar­ket, Pana­sonic has 2D to 3D up­scale fea­ture that works really well. But the 3D view­ing mon­i­tor does not work in the 2D to 3D mode. Un­like LG, Pana­sonic con­tin­ues to stick to ac­tive shut­ter 3D glasses (not ac­com­pa­nied with the pro­jec­tor). For con­nect­ing 3D glasses, an in­frared trans­mit­ter with a 10 me­tre range is placed on front of the pro­jec­tor. The com­pany also has an ac­ces­sory that can in­crease this range.

The neat de­sign of the AE 8000 is dom­i­nated by the big lamp in front. Three HDMI ports are placed at the back along with com­pos­ite in, S-Video In, etc. There are two trig­gers with 12V added at the back that can be used for con­nect­ing the lights and other es­sen­tials for set­ting up the pro­jec­tor. The AE 8000 has a back-lit re­mote con­trol that il­lu­mi­nates when used. We spot­ted a Viera Link key that can be used to op­er­ate all con­nected Pana­sonic prod­ucts (post 2010) with a sin­gle re­mote. There is also a ‘me­mory load’ key that can store six dif­fer­ent lens and zoom set­tings.

The com­pany claims a lamp life of around 4,000 hours on low-power mode where the bright­ness is re­duced by 30 per cent. In reg­u­lar mode the lamp life is up to 3,000 hours. The lamp can be re­placed for 25,000.

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