Panasonic has revealed further details about the successor to the award-winning PT-SZ21K, which was utilised during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The successor, dubbed the PT-RZ21K will boast 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation, a laser light source and 20,000 lumens of brightness.

As a successor to the PT-SZ21K, this new projector will have quite the shoes to fill. That’s because the old model is Europe’s best selling high-brightness projector and has been a raging success for Panasonic. Thankfully, the company is bringing a bunch of new features to the PT-RZ21K to ensure it’s a worthy continuation of the produce line-up.

The biggest new addition to the Panasonic PT-RZ21K is the laser light source, with this projector being the world’s first filter-free ultra-high brightness model. Thanks to the loss of the filter and the addition of the laser light source, users will benefit from the smallest 20,000 lumen projector on the market.

Featuring a dual-laser 3-Chip DLP light source, it has built-in redundancy and provides uninterrupted projection to ensure the show goes on should a laser diode fail – making it perfect for high-profile, mission-critical applications. Given the history of Panasonic’s high brightness projectors being used at sporting events, like the Olympic Games, this will become crucial to its success.

Not only will the new projector replace the PT-SZ21K, but it will also present a laser alternative to the existing PT-DZ21K, which is the current industry workhorse in the rental and staging market with over 50% market share.

All of Panasonic’s existing 3-Chip DLP lenses and frames available for the PT-DZ21K will work with the RZ21K, helping maximise the investment that rental companies have made in Panasonic.

“There’s a clear interest from the industry in switching over from lamp to laser,” says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “We have ensured that the RZ21K is lighter and smaller than any other projector in this class. This enables easier handling, without the use of forklifts, and minimises projection array shadows, killing fewer seats.”

“The projector is engineered to withstand continuous 24/7 operation with very low maintenance, and because it is laser technology, there is far less picture degradation over time, meaning a lower cost of ownership.”