Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by KraGorn, Jan 21, 2004.
Surely some mistake
it must of been it is 1408 inc vat now
Ah right, a typo for £1199 .. ooops Wonder if anyone bought at the 'special' price.
Actually £1408 incl. VAT is a pretty good price.
Almost as special as this
They have the Panasonic AE500 for under £1150 (inc VAT)... great price! I hope that this makes the Z2's price drop a bit, since I need the lens shift.
That's an insane price for the AE500 .. if one believes ProjectorCentral's comparative review then only those like you and I Andrew who need the lens shift would really be better off going for the Z2 .. I don't know now how I managed with my AE300 without lens shift.
Is the AE500's picture aligned so that the PJ should vertically be in line with the middle of the screen (like the Z2) or the bottom of the screen (like some others)?
Also how much does the digital keystone correction damage the picture quality?
[you can see I'm getting tempted
To quote from ProjectorCentral's review of the 500 :
Keystone correction kills PQ on most low/mid level projectors I think due to the less-than-stellar scalers they use.
12% would work for me in tabletop mode without any problem or need for keystone corection. But it could never be ceiling mounted unless you have a long ceiling extension (which would be ugly and therefore domestically unacceptable)...
Unless my maths is wrong, which is quite possible!
How does this work with CRT projectors? They always seem to be mounted flush with the ceiling. Do they have some kind of internal lens shift?
Yep, the Z2 is looking very uncompetitive now. Surely Sanyo will have to bring the price down. If I was buying today I would get a AE500 - although it probably is worth paying a couple of hundred quid extra for the lens shift!
From the AE500 manual, p56:
"Image Lower Edge from Lens Centre: H1 = SW/29"
where SW = screen width.
There's also a table on p17 with typical examples for 16:9 screens. If your screen is 2m wide, only 6cm is above (ceiling) or below (desktop) the centre of the lens.
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