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Panasonic PT-AX200 - HD Ready LCD Projector - Panasonic PT-AX200
What's even more impressive about how easy the AX200E is to use is the fact that it's by no means short of features. In fact, it's got more than any other projector in its class, so far as we're aware.
For starters there's Panasonic's Smooth Screen technology, which uses a sophisticated lens and prism arrangement to reduce the potential impact of LCD technology's infamous ‘chicken wire' effect, where the structure of the pixels on the LCD chips becomes visible in the picture.
The projector can also take 24p footage via its HDMIs, and sports a number of thematic image presets including a Game mode that optimises the image processing for a faster response time, and a Cinema 1 mode that's reckoned to feature settings optimised to ‘Hollywood Picture Quality' by industry experts.
Then there's a Pure Colour Filter system that adjusts the lamp output to produce light levels which maximise the projector's colour performance; advanced dynamic sharpness control that avoids the haloing effect seen with normal sharpness-boosting processors; scene-adaptive MPEG noise reduction; a ‘Light Harmonizer 2' system that can adjust the image automatically depending on the amount of light detected in the room; and normal and Eco lamp power options.
The AX200E's key on-paper specs make impressive reading too, including as they do a good looking contrast ratio of 6000:1 and a remarkably high (for under £1000) brightness output of 2000 ANSI Lumens.
It should be pointed out, of course, that you're never going to get these maximum contrast and maximum brightness figures appearing simultaneously. For the contrast ratio depends on a dynamic iris system which reduces the lamp output (and thus the image's brightness) when a dark scene is detected, to reduce the greyish appearance to blacks that can trouble many LCD projectors.
But even with this in mind the figures look mighty fine for such an affordable unit; indeed, to our knowledge the 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness is currently comfortably the highest such figure in the AX200E's class.