Large-Venue3-Chip DLP™ Projector


Unparalleled Flexibility Brings Professional 3-Chip DLP™ Projection to Almost Any Venue


Note: Lens sold separately. Available in U.S./Canada/Latin America/Japan only. For more information regarding availability in Latin American countries or regions, please contact your local sales representative.

16,000 lm*1 / 16,800 lm (Center)*2
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01 Key Feature

Streamlined Installation with AC 100–120 V

Project at a full 16,000 lm*1 brightness on standard AC 100–120 V power and unlock
3-Chip DLP™ imaging performance at your venue. Smart Projector Control app*3, Free Grid, and optional upgrade kits*4 for Geo Pro smooth the way to a stress-free installation.

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02 Key Feature

Superior Color Accuracy with High Contrast

With DLP™ chips reproducing R/G/B independently and stable brightness from dual laser-phosphor drives, colors are deep, accurate, and uniform. Image quality is striking with precise Dynamic Contrast modulation.
PT-RZ16K successfully emulates BT.2020 for lifelike HDR.

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03 Key Feature

High Reliability for Interruption-free Projection

Filterless cooling and hermetically sealed optical engine contribute to 20,000 hours*5 of maintenance-free projection while laser failover circuitry, Multi Monitoring & Control Software*6, and backup input add insurance against unexpected interruptions.

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*1 Measurement, measuring conditions, and method of notation all comply with ISO/IEC 21118: 2020 international standards. Value is average of all products when shipped.

*2 Average light-output value of all shipped products measured at center of screen in Normal Mode.

*3 Available free for iOS and Android™ devices. Check compatibility at the App Store or Google Play. Some app functions are not supported on the PT-RZ16K.

*4 Purchase a license key to activate optional ET-UK20 and ET-CUK10 upgrade kits for free Geometry Manager Pro for Windows® at the PASS website.

*5 Around this time, light output will have decreased by approximately 50 %. IEC62087: 2008 Broadcast Contents, Normal Mode, Dynamic Contrast [3], temperature 35 °C (95 °F), elevation 700 m (2,297 ft) with 0.15 mg/m3 of airborne particulate matter. Panasonic recommends checkup at point of purchase after about 20,000 hours. Light-source lifetime may be reduced depending on environmental conditions. Replacement of parts other than the light source may be required in a shorter period. Estimated maintenance time varies depending on environment.

*6 Optional Early Warning functions bundled with free Multi Monitoring & Control Software available from the Panasonic website. Purchase a license and activate at PASS to use Early Warning functions after a free 90-day trial period expires.

Streamlined Installation with AC 100–120 V

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Full-Brightness Projection on AC 100–120 V Power

Most 3-Chip DLP™ projectors need AC 200–240 V to operate at full brightness, limiting opportunities for installation in venues where commercial voltages are unavailable. PT-RZ16K changes the game by supporting projection at full brightness on standard AC 100–120 V power, bringing deep
3-Chip DLP™ color to houses of worship, banquet halls, and exhibitions. There is no need to rewire the venue or install other specialized infrastructure, saving time, resources, and hassle during your installation.

Smart Projector Control App

Smart Projector Control is a remote application for iOS and Android™ devices that can be used to adjust, control, and monitor up to 64 projectors individually or simultaneously from anywhere within range of the wireless network. You can use the app to switch the unit on or off, select an input signal, and adjust the projector’s OSD menu settings via your device’s touchscreen while the projector is in standby or powered up with the shutter on. Installers can avoid setup delays by adjusting settings via smartphone whenever OSD menu projection is inconvenient, such as immediately before a presentation starts. As well as enabling OSD menu operations, the app can be used to adjust lens settings, select test patterns, and focus the projection using your phone camera*1 from distances of up to 30 m*2 (98 ft) away. For more information, visit the Smart Projector Control website.

Projector Auto-Focus via Device’s Camera

*1 Some devices do not support projector autofocus function.

*2 When projecting a 300-inch image. Maximum distance is 3 m (10 ft) for a 100-inch image.

Note: some Smart Projector Control app functions are not supported on the PT-RZ16K. Check device compatibility at App Store or the Google Play store.

Auto Focus function can be set when the main version of the firmware is 2.02 or higher. Visit PASS for more information.

Built-in Geometric Adjustment Functions

Geometric Adjustment is a suite of functions built into the projector that are operated via the projector remote control. The projectionist can easily correct distortion when images are projected at an angle, onto curved screens, uneven surfaces, or over wall obstructions. Correction extends to spherical, cylindrical, and other complex screen shapes without need of a connected PC. Maintain Aspect Ratio and independent Corner Adjustment simplify correction while the ability to save image-adjustment data is invaluable whenever correction settings needs to be disabled and reapplied, and for saving work progress as an adjustment profile is created.

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Free Grid Function

Free Grid simplifies operation of Geometric Adjustment. Using only the projector remote control, installers can correct image distortion caused by uneven surfaces or irregular objects on flat or curved screens. A grid is overlaid on the projected image, allowing users to reshape distorted areas by adjusting the position of node or V/H line control-points. Grids of between 2 x 2 and 17 x 17 lines are selectable according to required granularity, and work progress is saved automatically so you can move freely between grid resolutions. Adjustment speed can be altered by tapping or holding the remote keys. Grid and control-point colors are selectable to ensure clear visibility over the projected image. Free Grid approaches the precision and convenience of software-based solutions in situations where PC connection isn’t practical.

Free Grid Function

Geometry Manager Pro

PT-RZ16K supports Geometry Manager Pro software for Windows® PC. You can control and calibrate the projector from your laptop via Ethernet. The software expands built-in Geometric Adjustment functions and makes complex correction easy with Free Grid. Software-based tools for multi-screen calibration include color-matching, brightness control, color uniformity, black-level, and input-signal adjustment. Expanded and additional functions unlock with optional upgrade kits. Geometry Manager Pro Software Upgrade Kit (ET-UK20) extends the adjustment range of key functions and offers finer grid resolutions. It adds creative line- and bitmap-masking capabilities. Auto Screen Adjustment Upgrade Kit (ET-CUK10) automates the multi-screen calibration process via camera. Geometry Manager Pro supports limited control commands and OSD menu operations via PC. It can perform lens adjustments and can save three complete image-adjustment data-profiles.

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Note: Use of Geometry Manager Pro and optional upgrade kits requires projector registration. Visit PASS to register your projector, download free Geometry Manager Pro software for Windows® (optional ET-UK20/ET-CUK10 upgrade kits included), and purchase license activation keys for ET-UK20/ET-CUK10. Compatible cameras for ET-CUK10 comprise Nikon D5200/D5300/D5500/D5600/D7500. Use of ET-CUK10 with these cameras requires installation of Auto Screen Adjustment Plug-in (a free camera driver available from PASS). Use of Auto Screen Adjustment function with D7500 requires Geometry Manager Pro Ver. 6.1.10 or later and Auto Screen Adjustment Plug-in Ver. 5.1.10 or later.

Multi-Screen Support System

Optimally adjusts multiple screens with edge blending, color matching, and digital image enlargement.

Edge Blending

Edges of adjacent screens can be blended and their brightness controlled.

Color Matching

Corrects color reproduction variations of each projector via PC control software.

Digital Image Enlarging

Digital zoom up to 10X (H/V*). Up to 100 images (10 x 10) can be edge-blended to create a large multi-screen image.

Multi-screen Support System

* While input resolution will not change, maintaining image quality is not possible for images enlarged horizontally and vertically via the digital zoom function.

Multi-screen Support System

Data-Cloning Function

Data-cloning function allows various settings and configuration data*1 to be copied from a main projector to up to 99 sub projectors*2. Alternatively, the data can be cloned to sub projectors via LAN. This feature simplifies and expedites the setup process for multi-unit projection applications.

120 Hz Real Motion Processor Reduces Motion Blur

*1 Excludes passwords, projector name/ID, and network settings.

*2 Data-cloning function supported on identical projectors only.

Note: Data-cloning function can be set when the main version of the firmware is 2.02 or higher. Visit PASS for more information.

Quick Start and Quick Off

Laser light-source doesn’t require time to warm up, so images appear almost instantly. There’s no cool-down required when turning the power off at the mains or room breaker—the projector can be turned on and off any time as necessary.

Quick Start and Quick Off

7-Segment LED for Easy Setup

A convenient 7-segment LED panel adjacent to the projector’s controls streamlines setup. You can use it when entering the projector’s IP address while the projector is on or in standby, or to confirm AC voltage. It also displays error codes for swift diagnosis of trouble.

Compatible with the Panasonic 3-Chip DLP™ Projector Lens Lineup*

Share optional lenses between Panasonic 3-Chip DLP™ projectors in your inventory. Our wide selection comprises fixed and zoom lenses covering throw-ratios between 0.364:1 and 13.8:1 for seamless adaption to venues of any scale. Lens lineup includes our groundbreaking
ET-D3LEF70 Fisheye Lens for dome projection, new ET-D3LEU100 Ultra-Short-Throw Lens (0.370:1, WUXGA), and ET-D3LEW200 Short-Throw Zoom Lens (0.645–0.850:1, WUXGA). Glass lenses produce spectacular images from short throw-distances with zero offset, eliminating the gap between the edge of the image and projector’s mounting surface. Both equip wide-range powered Vertical and Horizontal Lens Shift, while the ET-D3LEW200 increases location flexibility with powered optical zoom.

* Excludes lenses exclusively for PT-RQ50K.

Common Lenses for Panasonic 3-Chip DLP™ Projectors

Superior Color Accuracy with High Contrast

Accurate 3-Chip DLP™ Imaging is Ideal for Multi-Screen Applications

Discrete DLP™ chips reproduce each R/G/B color channel independently, eliminating need of a color-wheel and delivering superior color accuracy with requisite uniformity for professional multi-screen projection. Get an edge in vibrancy, depth, and contrast over alternative projection solutions in this brightness category. Manufacturing processes assure higher consistency between imaging devices. Color reproduction differences between projectors of the same model are virtually indistinguishable. PT-RZ16K achieves outstanding color uniformity greater than 90 % when measured at the corners, edges, and center of the screen. Uniform colors on individual screens and among multiple screens in a system makes it easier to blend overlaps for a seamless widescreen image across all screen surfaces.

Diagram for 3-Chip DLP™ Laser Projector

Wide-Gamut Color Reproduction

SOLID SHINE Laser projectors with 3-Chip DLP™ imaging technology capture a wider color space than alternative laser projection technologies. Wide color gamut reproduction improves white-balance precision for more accurate color.

Dynamic Contrast

Dynamic Contrast analyzes the input signal frame-by-frame and directly adjusts the amount of light produced by the light source according to the contrast requirements of each scene. As well as increasing precision, Dynamic Contrast more accurately reproduces scenes where light and dark images frequently interchange. The amount of adjustment applied can be set via OSD menu to suit projection application, environment, and content. Contrast parameters can also be customized and saved as a USER preset, or Dynamic Contrast disabled.

Contrast Sync and Shutter Sync Function

Contrast Sync synchronizes Dynamic Contrast among multiple projectors via BNC or RS-232C for consistent picture quality across multiple screens. Shutter Sync, meanwhile, synchronizes shutter on/off timing for professional fade-in/fade-out effects.

Contrast Sync and Shutter Sync Function

* Includes fade-in and fade-out effects. Projector shutter functions can be set to operate individually if desired.

Noise-Reduction for Optimal HDR Reproduction

PT-RZ16K successfully emulates BT.2020 color-space for accurate reproduction of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video content. The projector equips a new noise-reduction technology targeting dark areas of HDR images which are susceptible to noise if inferior projection equipment is used. The processor effectively eliminates noise without decreasing highlight brightness so viewers can experience spectacular HDR video unspoiled by noisy blacks.

Detail Clarity Processor 5

Proprietary circuitry analyzes individual video frames to identify and clarify areas of the image that contain fine details and textures. Algorithms pull information from super-high to low frequency bands to sharpen outlines, correct contours, and reduce ringing noise.

Detail Clarity Processor 5

System Daylight View 3

System Daylight View 3 is the premium implementation of Panasonic’s System Daylight View technology and supports six levels of user-selectable adjustment. It combats the effect of ambient light on the projected image, preventing washout, and boosts color impact in projection-mapping applications. Sharpness, gamma curves, color, and brightness are all optimized to suit on-site conditions.

System Daylight View 3

90 % Brightness Uniformity

Experience superior brightness uniformity thanks to accurate white balance control. Uniformity is greater than 90 % when measured at screen corners, edges, and center.

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Multi-Unit Brightness and Color Control

The projector can be configured to automatically measure and correct color and brightness apparent on screen at periodic intervals, maintaining multi-screen image uniformity and saving resources by eliminating need for manual recalibration.

Multi-Unit Brightness and Color Control

Flexible Black-Level Adjustment

Edge-blend uniformity on curved screens is difficult to achieve with line-based black-level border adjustment. Warped image-edges result in unequal blend-widths, and a lack of uniformity in overlapping areas is exposed when dark scenes are projected. PT-RZ16K gains new black-level calibration that allows black borders to be reshaped to suit screen curvature using up to 17 control points in much the same way as our Free Grid function. Adjacent images can be matched within a 0.5-dot margin—ideal for 4K video projection—while a wider range of adjustment in finer increments is also enabled.

Can be adjusted on a curved line

Note: Black-level adjustment can be set when the main version of the firmware is 2.02 or higher. Visit PASS for more information.

High Reliability for Interruption-free Projection

Lasting Picture Quality

SOLID SHINE Laser delivers consistently stable brightness over extended periods of operation. As well as being an uncommonly reliable light source, lasers do not degrade at the same rate as lamps, and don’t need maintenance until 20,000 hours*. While brightness from lamp-based projection systems typically degrades exponentially before flattening out, SOLID SHINE Laser’s brightness ramp is flat and linear with out-of-the-box brightness lasting longer. Brightness and color uniformity are outstanding thanks to hermetically sealed optical block engineered to exceed the industry’s toughest dustproofing guidelines.

* Around this time, light output will have decreased by approximately 50 %. IEC62087: 2008 Broadcast Contents, Normal Mode, Dynamic Contrast [3], temperature 35 °C (95 °F), elevation 700 m (2,297 ft) with 0.15 mg/m3 of airborne particulate matter. Estimated time until light output decreases to 50 % will vary depending on environment.

Dual Laser Drive with Failover Circuitry

Dual Laser Drive groups laser diodes into two discrete modules. When a single diode fails in some competitive laser projector models, the circuit supplying electricity to other diodes in the module is broken and the whole module fails, resulting in a dramatic loss of brightness on screen. If the same problem occurs on the PT-RZ16K, Panasonic’s original Failover Circuitry confines the problem to the affected series of diodes and keeps the module up and running. Brightness loss is imperceptible. Module redundancy allows projection to continue in the unlikely event a whole module fails. These technologies provide peace of mind in mission-critical situations when image display cannot be interrupted.

Dual-Laser Optical Engine Assures Failsafe Reliability

Filterless Cooling for 20,000-hour* Maintenance-free Operation

PT-RZ16K does not need a filter, contributing to 20,000 hours* of maintenance-free operation. Filterless design is possible with hermetically sealed optical block and refined heat-pipe-based cooling system featuring an optimized one-way airflow path. The projector can operate continuously 24/7 even in dusty, high-traffic environments such as banquet halls and houses of worship, significantly reducing TCO and the need to stock inventories of consumable parts.

Solid-State Laser Modules with Failover Circuitry

* Around this time, light output will have decreased by approximately 50 %. IEC62087: 2008 Broadcast Contents, Normal Mode, Dynamic Contrast [3], temperature 35 °C (95 °F), elevation 700 m (2,297 ft) with 0.15 mg/m3 of airborne particulate matter. Estimated time until light output decreases to 50 % will vary depending on environment.

Backup Input Guarantees Image Display

This projector is equipped with an automatic backup input-switching function. If signal transmission to a preassigned primary input fails, the projector switches to a fixed backup input automatically without screen-blanking. When communication is restored, the projector switches back to the primary input. This feature is invaluable when uninterrupted projection is of critical importance, such as for multi-screen applications.

Backup Input Guarantees Picture Display

Note: input signals to both primary and backup inputs must be identical.

Multi Monitoring & Control Software

This management software for Windows® allows operators to monitor and control up to 2,048 Panasonic or PJLink™-compatible display endpoints of any brand effortlessly from a laptop via Ethernet. The software supports playlist delivery, device monitoring with system-map visualization, and control of individual or grouped devices in real time or automatically to a set schedule.

Early Warning Software

Early Warning Software is bundled with your Multi Monitoring & Control Software download and is available to trial free for 90 days before optional activation with a paid license key. Administrators can monitor the status of display endpoints connected to the local network in real time via laptop and monitor assets while offsite via smartphone or tablet and a VPN. Early Warning software immediately notifies the operator when a playback or device error is detected, minimizing downtime and enhancing display reliability. It can also detect early symptoms of trouble and alert the operator before a problem can develop, and sends reminder alerts when scheduled maintenance is due. Screen monitoring with a compatible IP camera is supported. Data is visualized in an intuitive UI and the software can also automatically generate and export operational history reports as a text file. The software reduces maintenance and simplifies management of A/V networks of any scale. For more information, visit our software information webpage.

Backup Input Guarantees Picture Display

Note: Early Warning functions bundled with free Multi Monitoring & Control Software available from the Panasonic website. Multi Monitoring & Control Software must be installed and the projector registered before Early Warning Software can be used. Purchase a license and activate at PASS to use Early Warning functions after a free 90-day trial period expires. Some functions available in the software may not be supported on the PT-RZ16K.

Other Features

Frame Interpolation for 120 fps Motion Reproduction

Real Motion Processor increases native 60 fps footage via dual SDI or DVI-D/HDMI® simultaneous input to 120 fps for smooth and realistic motion rendering. This sophisticated frame interpolation technology enables lifelike reproduction of action sequences without motion blurring or stuttering through slow-panning shots. Refined optics further enhance focusing precision, retaining very high levels of detail.

Frame Interpolation for 120 fps Motion Reproduction

Note: refresh-rates vary depending on the vertical scanning frequency.

Free 360 ° Installation

PT-RZ16K can be installed at any vertical and horizontal angle––including straight up and straight down. Mount the projector at any angle required to achieve maximum coverage over complex screen surfaces in projection-mapping applications. Use Portrait Mode to fill narrower spaces that can’t accommodate an image in landscape orientation.

Free 360-degree Installation

Single-Cable DIGITAL LINK Solution

DIGITAL LINK is based on HDBaseT™ and can transmit uncompressed Full HD video and control commands through a CAT 5e or higher STP cable for distances of up to 150 m* (492 ft). Optional ET-YFB200G DIGITAL LINK Switcher or ET-YFB100G Digital Interface Box simplify installation, reduce cabling and associated costs, and enhance reliability.

* 150 m (492 ft) transmission available only with ET-YFB200G DIGITAL LINK Switcher for signals up to 1080p.

3D Projection Capability

This projector is compatible with active 3D projection technology. Click here to view information on 3D projection using a combination of external IR transmitter and active-shutter 3D glasses. Contact your sales representative for information on passive 3D projection.

Additional Features

  • ・ Laser Safety Guaranteed
  • ・ Art-Net DMX, Crestron Connected™, and PJLink™
  • ・ DICOM Simulation Mode
  • ・ Waveform Monitor Function
  • ・ Power management system