Panasonic PT-AE3000 LCD Projector - Panasonic PT-AE3000

John Archer

By John Archer



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Panasonic PT-AE3000 LCD Projector


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Panasonic claims a huge claimed contrast ratio of 60,000:1, and while this figure is dependent on a dynamic iris system (which reduces the image's brightness during dark scenes) rather than being a native figure, it still looks more believable than the contrast ratio figures quoted by most LCD/SXRD projector rivals.

It's not just the sheer darkness of the AE3000's black level that impresses, either. For thanks to a vastly superior brightness output - and the more sophisticated optics generally - the AE3000 retains terrific amounts of shadow detail during dark scenes, helping them look three-dimensional, textured and cinematic, to use a much-abused term!

When Bond visits M in her home at night on the Blu-ray of Casino Royale, for instance, you can see the weave in Bond's suit even in shadowy areas where lesser projectors would just present a general wash of one-dimensional blackness.

Even better, despite this scene having a stark mix of very bright and very dark image elements within a single frame, the image doesn't ‘flatten out' - a common problem with other LCD models caused by the dynamic contrast systems only being able to judge their brightness levels based on the image as a whole, rather than localised sections.

The AE3000 doesn't have local brightness adaptation either, of course. It's just that its natural contrast is so good that it can handle stark single-image brightness differentials without even needing its dynamic contrast system.

The AE3000 improves on its predecessor, too, when it comes to sharpness. For the fractionally soft flavour of the AE2000 is replaced by exceptional sharpness and clarity, making HD sources look just as spectacular as we know they should. For instance, using Casino Royale again, as Bond backs the tourist's gold Range Rover into a parking space at the hotel resort, you can see dust and moisture trails on the bonnet that just aren't apparent on the majority of even Full HD projectors. Hmm. Guess this finally puts to death my long-held theory that the Smooth Screen system somehow makes pictures look a bit soft…


February 4, 2009, 4:59 am

This is just too funny... is there anything from the sponsor that doesn't get a recommendation?


February 4, 2009, 5:34 am

@ Singularity, you just opened a can of worms. I hope you're a fish....


February 4, 2009, 7:16 am

@ Singularity. Is it really that inconceivable for a company to actually make good products? Please - find me a negative review of the PT-AE 3000, as all the ones I have seen awarded it nothing but high praise. Honestly, I don't understand the logic of some people :(


February 4, 2009, 4:02 pm

Still got it? Can you test it and see if it'll accept 1920x1080 from the VGA input. We had the AE1000 at work for a while and it couldn't, so it had to go back (despite a fantastic HDMI 1080 pic, but it had to work with laptops).

Hamish Campbell

February 4, 2009, 6:23 pm

hmmm yes it does look to kick arse in reviews.....but then maybe Panasonic is immune to the financial crises and has bought up all reviewerers on the interweb.

Doc. Caliban

March 31, 2009, 7:21 pm

@ Imilne, agreed! I find it very annoying that a lot, if not most, modern TV's wont run native res from the VGA port, but generally fail to mention that.

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