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Hi, I must choose a projector for conference meetings. Right now they offered me for a hall 40-50m2 http://business.panasonic.co.uk/visual-system/products-and-accessories/projectors/our-portable-projectors/PT-VW530 which will be mounted on the ceiling. I need also one mobile projector - shot throw preferrable and the same trader offered me Optoma, not Panasonic as he said they're very good...
Optoma W305ST DLP Projector http://www.optomaeurope.com/projectordetails.aspx?PTypeDB=Business&PC=W305ST
Optoma W316ST DLP Projector http://www.optomausa.com/projectordetails.aspx?PTypeDB=Business&PC=W316ST

with projection distance 0.5-2.5m

I see also models from Panasonic with better lamp life in Eco mode.
Panasonic PT-TW343RA http://panasonic.net/avc/projector/products/tw343r/
with projection distance 0.5-1.0m

I'm kinda confused, I'm going to choose the Panasonic for the ceiling mounted projector, but for the second??

Thank you.
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Panasonic makes some excellent projectors. Their install products really are some of the best on the market.

Their short throw models are pretty average overall. That is, for the ones linked to. It can do 50 to 100 inches in diagonal only. So, nothing larger or smaller.

Short throw projectors like that are EXTREMELY finicky when it comes to the screen you use and must be extremely precisely positioned. This is something I would keep in mind if you really think you need a 'short throw' model. You really want to justify that product to your needs as the typical use for short throw is whiteboard use, and they are installed for sub 100" white boards.

Panasonic makes some phenomenal ultra short throw models with a interchangeable lenses. 10,000+ lumens, huge size capability. Pricey.

Unfortunately, I think the industry misses out on 'shorter' throw projectors. Ones which can hit a 120" diagonal from 7 or 8 feet away.

I wouldn't be sold on Panasonic on this since they really don't offer much in 'short throw'.

I would look at this list...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=400&p=4000&w=&r=&br=&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=8&is=120&i=d&tr=&oop=1&sort=%24&sz=15

Most of those models have interchangeable lenses and require the shortest throw lens available. The Ricoh at the top includes the lens in the price, and has just a bit of zoom to the lens. It's a pretty interesting product.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Ricoh-PJ_WX3351N.htm

Wish it was LCD instead of DLP.

The NEC is the best on the list...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/NEC-PA571W.htm

The short throw has some zoom range, it is really bright, and it can handle very large image sizes from a relatively short throw.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology consultation during the build and installation process in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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OK, I give up on buying short-throw projectors. I asked you before 1 year similar questions, but now the task must be very precise. Money will be given once and in the next 5 years it's 100% sure there won't be any money for such technique. Right now the 1st projector which I said http://www.bigscreenforums.com/forum_redir.cfm?d=http%3A%2F%2Fbusiness%2Epanasonic%2Eco%2Euk%2Fvisual%2Dsystem%2Fproducts%2Dand%2Daccessories%2Fprojectors%2Four%2Dportable%2Dprojectors%2FPT%2DVW530 is what you offered me 1 year ago. Still we didn't buy him! But it must project on 2 locations. 1st will be a ceiling-mounted screen 210x131cm 16:10 Projecta ProScreen with distance about 3 meters. Behind the screen will be window. Window is about 1meters high and looks south-southwest. 2nd location - tripod screen with different distance - 3.5-4m I think. Trader which btw is a friend of my colleague offered us http://panasonic.net/avc/projector/products/vz570/specifications.html#vz575n_vz570. But if I give 500-700 euros more I will buy 2nd projector for this budget. And it has 1920x1200 which for me is absolutely ridiculous given that I will have to project PowerPoint presentations and sometimes movies or soccer matches. Laptops have 1366x768 resolution and possibly after some time they're going to extend it?? These might be considerations if I choose LED projector and have to use it 5-10 years(don't know durability). My manager said 2nd projector can be also ceiling-mounted on some places and used as mobile projector. Considerations are
1. http://business.panasonic.co.uk/visual-system/products-and-accessories/projectors/our-portable-projectors/PT-VW530
2. Casio Advanced XJ-F100W http://www.casio-projectors.eu/euro/products/advanced/xj-f100w/

Casio is Laser+LED and is 3500 lm < Panasonic LCD 5000 lm. I can use Panasonic in Eco mode and extend it's lamp life.
Casio is offered me by company, which is not friend of mine or someone else, but it's not with very good feedback. They say it's very good quality and better price over Panasonic Laser+LED models.
Thank you once more.
[Edited by svt11 on Mar 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM]
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I like short throw projectors, but I do believe that they should only be used in classrooms, or with very high end installations.

I think you are best off with the Panasonic models.

The Casio projectors are well known to lose color saturation. Their models have some issues, and are not as bright as they are claimed to be. This is a real issue since you will need that brightness.

Panasonic simply does a great job.

I will not tell you which resolution to get from them. They offer excellent 1920x1200 and 1280x800 models which work well.

In the USA, most laptops now are 1920x1080 resolution. It's a very standard resolution to use. Also, almost all laptops can output 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 resolution through the HDMI or DisplayPort connection.

Plus, if you got 2 identical projectors, you would have a 'spare' available to you at all times if you ever needed it. Certainly worth consideration.
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Thank you, finally we chose Panasonic PT-VW530EJ.
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