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Panasonic PT-AE8000U Projector

Part #: PANPTAE8000U  |   Mfg #: PT-AE8000U
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The Panasonic PT-AE8000 - A New Level of 3D Experience

The Panasonic PT-AE8000 packs a bright 3D punch. The newest addition to the popular Panasonic projector home theater line, the PT-AE8000 is 20% brighter than previous models. Images are richer and more detailed, especially during low-light scenes.

Panasonic AE8000U Features:

  • Equipped with a new 220W red-rich lamp, the Panasonic PTAE8000 is able to deliver bright images with exceptionally lifelike colors. The result: brighter, more richly colored images and videos.
  • The Panasonic PT-AE8000 features an advanced optical system comprised of 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two large-diameter asperical lenses and two ED, a.k.a. high-balanced extra low dispersion, lenses.
  • The Panasonic PT AE8000U’s LCD panels are designed to provide bright, high-contrast, 480HZ images. These high-precision panels use vertically aligned liquid crystal molecules with inorganic alignment layers.
  • The AE8000’s optical filter optimizes the projector’s light spectrum, providing deeper blacks and richer reds, greens and blues. The filter is designed to cover all the colors of the gamut used in digital cinema. You’ll notice deeper and richer colors from your favorite films and movies.
  • An intelligent iris system analyzes virtually every frame to provide the optimal lamp power, iris and gamma curve settings for each image. The result is a wide dynamic range, smoother action and improved dark scenes.

Smooth Screen Technology Creates Film-Like Texture

While some LCD projectors suffer from a "chicken wire" effect, Panasonic has successfully overcome this with the incorporation of new technology that capitalizes on the double refraction property of crystals to arrange the pixels on the screen so that no gaps appear between them.

Panasonic PT-AE8000 Videos

How to create a 2:35:1 widescreen preset on your Panasonic AE-8000.

Click on a spec (like Resolution:) to learn more about it. Click here for the complete glossary.
Image Quality Projector Calculator See Panasonic PT-AE8000U Image Size Calculator »
Resolution HD (1920 x 1080)
Brightness 2400 lumens
Contrast Ratio 500000:1
Uniformity 85%
No. of Colors Full Color
Aspect Ratio(s) Native - 16:9
Display Type LCD;
Compatibility
Data Signals Native: HD (1920 x 1080)
Video Signals 480p, 576p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/24p NTSC/NTSC4.43/PAL-M/PAL60/PAL/PAL-N/SECAM
H Sync 15khz- 74khz
V Sync 24hz - 85hz
3D Ready Yes
Dot Clock 154 mhz
Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
  • Component, RCA (Y,Pb,Pr)
  • Composite Video, RCA
  • HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface for digital video and digital audio)
  • S-Video (Mini DIN 4-pin (Y/C))
  • Screen Trigger (12V) (DC power outlet)
  • VGA (Analog data, mini D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RS-232 (Serial)
View the manufacturers spec sheet for a complete list of Inputs and Outputs
Inputs Description HDMI (x3)
Built-in Audio --
Projection Lens Projector Calculator See Panasonic PT-AE8000U Image Size Calculator »
Lens Powered Zoom (2.0x)/ Focus F 1.9-3.2/ f - 22.4-44.8mm
Throw Ratio 1.35 - 2.7:1
Keystone Corr. Specs: +/- 30 degrees
Lens Shift V - +/-100% - H - +/-26%
Proj. Methods Ceiling, Front, Rear
General
Dimensions 18.5" x 5.93" x 14.34" (W x H x D)
Unit Weight 19.2 lbs.
Operation
Power Supply 100-240 v AC, 50/60 HZ
Universal Power Supply
Power Consumption 220
Ecomode Yes
(Brightness: 1920 lumens; Lamp life: 5000 hours;)
FCC Class B
Audible Noise 22.0 dB
Lamp 220 W UHM Lamp
Lamp Life 4000 hours
Replacement Lamp
Cost
PANETLAA410, $402.00     
Included Accessories
Items Included Power Cord, Wireless Remote Control Unit, Batteries for Remote Control, Lens Cover
Remote Control Yes
Carry Case No
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Warranty
Projector 2 years parts and labor
Lamp 90 Days

* -- indicates specification not published by manufacturer.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PanasonicPT-AE8000U
 
4.7

(based on 152 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (83)
  • Good remote (37)
  • Great picture quality (35)
  • Intuitive controls (28)
  • Easy to use (20)

Cons

  • Large footprint (5)

Best Uses

  • Movies (93)
  • Large rooms (51)
  • Living room (32)
  • High-definition TV (21)
  • Television shows (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie enthusiast (66), Tech savvy (48), Practical (28), Audiophile (21), Quality oriented (20)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (91)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (12), Mac (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

THE best projector under $3,000!

The PT-AE8000U has the most features of any home projector in it's price range. With 100% vertical and 26% horizontal lens shifting capabilities, it can be located almost anywhere and still be perfectly aligned...Read complete review

The PT-AE8000U has the most features of any home projector in it's price range. With 100% vertical and 26% horizontal lens shifting capabilities, it can be located almost anywhere and still be perfectly aligned with almost any size screen. There are plenty of HDMI and legacy inputs, and the menus are easy to navigate. Most impressive are the PT-AE8000U's brightness and contrast ratios, 3D and 2D-3D conversion, and 16:9 to 2.35:1 auto lens-switching capabilities. For the cost of an 80" flat screen TV, I can watch any 2:35.1 movie in it's original aspect ratio, in 3D, on my 115" cinemascope screen, during the day with no letterboxing!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Brighter, but less flexible

This was an upgrade replacement for my older PT-AE2000U, and I assumed that as a newer evolution of that model, the setup and installation would be quick and simple. However, it lacks several...Read complete review

This was an upgrade replacement for my older PT-AE2000U, and I assumed that as a newer evolution of that model, the setup and installation would be quick and simple. However, it lacks several features of the older model that make it a step backwards in usability for me.

The most noticeable improvement in this unit is the brightness. On even the dimmest setting, it seems to put out more light than my old projector at its max. I have no problem watching TV during the day in my living room, which was almost impossible before. Though it is worth noting that with more brightness comes more fan noise. The unit runs noticeably louder than the 2000. Since I felt the 2000 already had a great picture, I don't notice any major improvements in terms of picture quality or clarity.

There are a few things about the old projector that have been taken away, and that I already miss. The first is that this unit it much harder to align. Previous models had separate controls for horizontal and vertical alignment, and the picture could be shifted 100% in any direction. This unit has a single joystick control, which is 10x harder to align on a large screen. It is difficult to adjust one direction without affecting the other. Also, since the lens shift is limited to a circular pattern now instead of the 100% square, it cannot be adjust as widely. I had to move and re-mount the projector in order to be aligned with my screen. Since it is mounted on the ceiling, the vertical shift is almost fully down, which on this unit leaves the horizontal shift limited to only 20-25% either way.

Also missing from previous models are the multiple function buttons which could be assigned to any menu or system settings. I used to use these to quickly jump to pre-programmed color and display modes. The new unit has only one button, and it cannot be assigned to specific settings. So, settings that used to take one button, now take multiple actions. In addition, the "3D" button does not quickly enable 3D mode... it just opens the full menu, which must then be navigated through to find and enable 3D. Another action that should be simplified.

I have also had communication issues with this projector. It has trouble accepting 1080p over my existing in-wall HDMI cable, which has worked fine for 5+ years on older equipment.

On a smaller note, the air filter is now hidden behind a screw. Whereas it used to just pop for cleaning, it now has to be disassembled, which is tricker to do without affecting the overall mount alignment.

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1.0

Shoddy Product

By Unhappy Kansas Customer

from Kansas

About Me Movie Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

We bought our first PT-AE8000U a couple years ago and were incredibly impressed with the quality and picture. Just over a year in, we replaced the bulb and it short circuited a major internal component. The bill to repair it was more than the cost to replace it, so we just bit the bullet and bought a new one. On Superbowl Sunday this year, we noticed a red stripe at the top of the screen and a blue stripe at the bottom. Come to find out, we now have to replace the Optical Block A and Analysis block. Total cost $2808.68, which again is more than the cost to just buy a new one. We will end up buying a new projector, but I can guarantee you, it absolutely will NOT be a Panasonic product.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

One of the very best "affordable" Feature Rich Projectors

By Mississippi Man (AVS)

from Byhalia, MS

About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Remote

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Larger Rooms
    • Movies

    Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

    I do Custom Theater installations, and since 2011 the PT-AE8000u has been the primary "Go To" projector for my Dedicated Theater Room designs.Specializing in painting entire Walls to serve as Screens allows the Panasonic to deliver the largest possible images in both 16:9 and 2.39:1 modes via it's excellent Lens Memory feature.

    And size, being important when one wants full immersion, has not been any issue, with aqlmost every instance installed being 140" diagonal+.

    Best of all, the 8000's Smooth Screen Technology allows for the viewer to sit as close as 1:1, Eye distance to screen to actual Screen width.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    After a year, still going strong

    By AKDC

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Intuitive Controls
    • Noise Nearly Silent

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Surround Sound Solution

      Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

      I've had this projector and a 120" 16X9 screen for almost a year now - and couldn't be happier.

      Display Image: Going with a 16:9 screen turned out to be better because of a little advertised feature about this projector "Vertical Fit" - which slightly stretches the image to fully cover the screen - with no image loss on the sides. Also, if you have a Harmony 650 or similar programmable remote - you can even program two buttons to "16x9 Stretch" and "16x9 Normal" modes. If you were on the fence about a 2.35:1 screen because most of the content is geared to 16x9 - then this projector should make it even easier.

      3D content: It might be dead on TVs - but certainly not for anyone with a projector setup. Yes, the Sony PS3 glasses work just fine.

      Noise: I've got the projector mounted directly above the sitting area (8' ceilings) - and the only time it makes any sound is when I turn it on.

      Throw Distance: Currently 13' and image is perfectly aligned on the screen. The controls make it easy for fine tuning. Some might say it's too close given the size of the screen - but I would strongly disagree.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      Buy something newer.

      By Old Bike Racer

      from Roanoke, VA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Movies

        Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

        Mine, like MANY other owners, after a year or two passes develops vertical bars when displaying a black screen. Also after about 30 minutes during a movie the screen will black out for a second. This will occur 5-7 times during the movie. From what I've read, the projector needs to be sent to the factory to replace the main controller board.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent Projector

        By John

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

        We use this projector for TV, gaming and movies. We replaced an older Sony projector and this blows that one away! Watching TV on this is almost like watching it on a 1080p flat screen monitor -- only bigger! Love how quiet it is in ECO mode too.

         
        5.0

        Excellent!

        By ROB

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

        Very Nice contrast and black levels, easy set up, running in 10 minutes. Quick delivery and well packaged. Plan on getting another one for second home.

         
        5.0

        Outstanding projector

        By Jim

        from Texas

        About Me Vidiot

        Pros

        • Brightness Contrast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dedicated Home Theater

          Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

          This is used as the centerpiece of a specially constructed 20' by 12' home theater. It absolutely wows everybody who sees it. The brightness and contrast are noteworthy. This is the first projector I have owned that has a sharper picture than a plasma or LCD TV.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Will use this company again and recommend it to friends.

          By Kari

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

          Purchased this projector for our new theatre room. It was recommended to us by our son in law who has owned this same projector for three years. The image is beautiful and the bulb hasn't ne did replacement yet. Can't wait to have it installed and start watching! Customer service was second to none! Will use this company again and recommend it to friends.

           
          5.0

          I wanted this for a long time and would highly recommend.

          By Randie

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

          I received this as a gift from my wife and was very suprised as I had a 65" Panasonic Plasma that was a great TV. I didn't expect it and I really love the picture and the size with a 92" screen. I think for the money no better projector can be had. I thought about the new Epson 5040 but at twice the price its not worth it in my opinion. So I am very happy with this projector.

           
          5.0

          Great but could be even better.

          By Howard

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Panasonic PT-AE8000U:

          Great brightness and color. Difficult to get precise focus. Built in focus test patterns could be better and point of best focus is difficult to judge. Focus control could be better. With all that said, image achieved is great.

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          • Q:

            What is the max projection size this can produce? Can it exceed say 50 feet by 50 feet?
            Asked on 11/26/2016 by MD from United States

            3 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Sure, you can fill a 50' wide image but the height will be 28.125' tall because of the 16:9 format of the projector.

              Answered on 12/14/2016 by Sarah
            • A:

              It's not a square picture, it's 1.77:1. I have the projector about 15 feet from the wall and the image is 11.5 feet wide. So you would have to have it pretty far back to get to 50 feet wide

              Answered on 11/28/2016 by roland.lataille from undisclosed
            • A:

              I strongly doubt it. I have a 120” (inches) diagonal screen at 16x9 ratio with the projector at about 14’ away from the screen. I think you could push it a bit, but you’d need
              real darkness.
               
              Anyways, 50 feet is GINORMOUS! A large IMAX screen is about
              72 ft × 53 ft. Are you sure you mean feet and not inches?
               
               
              Thank you,
              Laurent Hasson
               
               

              Answered on 11/27/2016 by ldh from undisclosed
          • Q:

            I have a stand alone media room with no windows. The ceiling mount is 12 feet back from the wall, and i am hoping to project 100+ inches. I would like to play my Xbox One on it along with watching movies, and was wondering if there are any lag issues with this projector? thanks!
            Asked on 11/24/2016 by Bryan from Texas

            4 answers

            • A:

              I haven't noticed any issues running Xbox, albeit we're usually pretty drunk by the time we start playing.  The size you project shouldn't have an impact. Myself, I project 140".  I've even run it through the built in 3D processing and it seemed to be smooth. 
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 11/24/2016 by mcjeedc from undisclosed
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              No it should be fine, it even has a game mode to reduce the lag time.

              Answered on 12/14/2016 by Anonymous
            • A:

              I have my PT-AE8000U 12 feet away from the screen and I'm able to get a 120 inch image, so you should not have a problem hitting your 100 inch goal. When playing Xbox One and PS4 games I set the projector to game mode, and don't have a problem with lag at all. You can also go into the settings and change a setting called Frame Response from Normal to Fast which should also help give you the best gaming experience. According to Projector Central (a really good projector review website) when in game mode you will have a 34 millisecond response time which is acceptable for console gaming. I highly recommend this projector! I've had it since November of 2012 and still absolutely love it!

              Answered on 11/25/2016 by zacwis from undisclosed
            • A:

              It will work beautifully in that space. I have a similar configuration.  

              Answered on 11/24/2016 by darkstyle8 from undisclosed
          • Q:

            Two questions -

            Is anyone aware of any manufacture upgrades to this projector either in hardware or firmware since its release in 2012?

            I am debating between this and a Epson 5030ub B-stock (both at the same great price here currently). Which way would you go and why? My set up is a large living room that can be made totally dark. 150" 16:9 screen (1.1 gain) with a ceiling mount at 16' throw. 90% of my viewing is movies on blu-ray or up-scaled DVD. Oh and I don't really care about the 3D. The three year warranty being offered here is attractive, but I hear Epson is easier to work with if you actually have a warranty claim.
            Asked on 3/4/2016 by Buying something next week

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              there have been no firmware upgrades announced that we are aware of; however, the Panasonic ptae8000 continues to be an extremely popular projector for HT customers.
              the color and performance of this unit is so good, that is why it continues to be offered in their lineup. feel free to call in and speak to a rep regarding comparisons to other products. thanks so much

              Answered on 3/9/2016 by Lisa from .
          • Q:

            I have a PT-AE1000u and looking to upgrade to the PT-AE8000u,,,I would like to know will this projector display 4K Blu-ray disc/content?
            Asked on 2/28/2016 by Rob from Matteson,ILL.

            9 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I'm not sure, I haven't tried that yet. 

              Answered on 3/4/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I don't know, but I don't believe so. It does not support 4k resolution

              Answered on 2/29/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              The 8000 maxes out at 1080p, but if a given 4k bluray contains an HD (1080) or DVD copy, you can watch that instead of the 4k version.

              Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              No

              Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              The PTAE8000U does not show 4K content.
              Thanks
              Corey Lee

              Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Hey there
              Blu ray is 1080p not 4K
              Bly ray looks amazing, it does not display 4K

              Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Not a 4K projector.  

              Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              No, it's a 1080p projector. Not going to get 4K out of this device.

              Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              it would read the signal, but because the AE8000 is a native 1080 projector, the image would be compressed.

              Answered on 3/3/2016 by Lisa from .
          • Q:

            Does this come with 3D glasses?
            I'll have this mounted high on a shelf, is that okay as well?
            Asked on 2/4/2016 by Mike from Decatur, Al

            8 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              No 3D glasses included with mine. Yep, You can place on a high shelf

              Answered on 2/11/2016 by Todd from Tampa
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              No 3D glasses included with mine. You can place on a high shelf because it has lens shift

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Mine didn't come with glasses. It has a lot of adjustments to height, and
              depth so being high on a shelf should work well.

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              No, it doesn't come with 3D glasses.
              I don't think there is a problem mounting it on a shelf if the shelf is deep enough and there is enough space around it to provide ventilation. The project gets quite hot.

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It did not come with any 3D glasses.  I have it mount high also and did not affect the glasses.  

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              No glasses. Mine mounts on ceiling. Works great.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Hi Mike,
              My projector didn’t come with glasses.
              You can buy Panasonic active glasses by themselves, and there are also other manufacturers making active glasses.
              I would imagine that mounting the projector high would work with the glasses, since most projectors are mounted high in the back of the room.
              I am a cinematographer and think this projector is awesome.
              Roger

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by 3DeltaFox from Los Angeles
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              No it does not, you can jot have the projector higher then 1/3 the distance of the height of your screen
              Jb

              Answered on 2/4/2016 by Anonymous
          • Q:

            I have a older PT-AE3000 u that just fizzled out because of transportation during a move,I'm sure.. Anyways , everything on the specs seem to be the same except for this model being 3D. My question is two parts: 1. Is this projector comparible to what I had, and 2. I have a fixed widescreen mounted to the wall , can you change the aspect to widescreen while watching TV and Movies like the one I had?
            Asked on 1/15/2016 by Michael from PA

            5 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              There are a lot of differences between the 3000U and the 8000U. 8000U is quite an upgrade for you. Yes, you can switch aspect ratios like before. Contact ProjectorPeople.com.

              Answered on 2/11/2016 by Projector People from Tampa, FL
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              1. Yes
              2. Yes. You can use lens and zoom memories to auto switch between
              aspect ratios.

              Answered on 1/16/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I have never owned the PT-AE3000 but the 8000 is a standard 16 by 9 ratio so its ideally suited for a widescreen. It's also much brighter and has an outstanding contrast ratio.

              Answered on 1/16/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I don't know anything about what you had but I believe you can change the aspect ratio. We use it in a fixed environment and don't change it so I have never had to do it except on original setup.
              I hope it helps,
              Bryan
              Sent from my mobile device

              Answered on 1/15/2016 by Sagmoe from Sioux Falls, SD
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              The AE8000U is far exceeding compared to the AE3000u.
              It has a auto detect function that will switch between 16:9 and 2:35:1. You simply have to set each setting and save it and the projector does the rest.
              I have had mine for over 18 months and have not even needed to change the lamp and I am using mine is full brightness mode. I did my own calibration settings and it's absolutely stunning. I do not how ever use the 3D function though. I don't like 3D movies I prefer 2D. Though info have 2 sets of the glasses that Came with mine as a bonus item.
              You won't regret this projector.
              Jb

              Answered on 1/15/2016 by Anonymous
          • Q:

            I have a older PT-AE3000 u that just fizzled out because of transportation during a move,I'm sure.. Anyways , everything on the specs seem to be the same except for this model being 3D. My question is two parts: 1. Is this projector comparible to what I had, and 2. I have a fixed widescreen mounted to the wall , can you change the aspect to widescreen while watching TV and Movies like the one I had?
            Asked on 1/13/2016 by Michael from PA

            4 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              There are a lot of differences between the 3000U and the 8000U. 8000U is quite an upgrade for you. Yes, you can switch aspect ratios like before. Contact ProjectorPeople.com.

              Answered on 1/19/2016 by ProjectorPeople.com from Tampa, FL
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I can't tell you much about the 3000 model comparisons cause I've only had the 8000. For me it was an upgrade to a previous Mitsubishi HC7900 and it blows that one away in every aspect. To answer your second question it has 6 different aspects you can change it to. 4:3, 16:9, s16:9, H-Fit, V-fit and Zoom. What I love about this projector is how it has different set position settings that the projector automatically picks up on and shifts the lens for you. Example would be watching a movie that starts of 16:9 but changes to 2:35, you can adjust the aspect to get rid of all black lines and the projector picks up on your set aspects automatically for whatever you are viewing. Hope this helps I've enjoyed mine with no complaints thus far after a little less than a year of owning it.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I upgraded from an AE1000U to 8000U this year and my research showed that each successive model improved upon the last to some worthwhile degree.Unfortunately, I'm not so sure exactly what for your potential upgrade. If you haven't already had a discussion with one of the Projector People, definitely do so.My rep is Todd and he's awesome - very technically knowledgeable and helpful.Sorry for a partial answer but wanted to at least encourage you towards the 8000 - I don't think you can go wrong.Doug

              Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It is a fantastic upgrade to the 3000. This one automatically will zoom & refocus from one aspect to the other once it senses the new ratio. I wouldn't buy a new protector without it. The 3D and new black levels make it a nice upgrade. I have been very happy with it.

              Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
          • Q:

            Hi, I am looking at purchasing this projector. My current ceiling mount is 12 feet from my 100" diagonal screen. Will this projector throw to my 100" screen from this distanc -- so that I won't have to install a new ceiling mount? Thanks
            Asked on 1/9/2016 by Mark from United States

            6 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Mark,
              It will very easily. You should love this projector! Great verstility, great picture, motorized zoom & focus, store diffrerent formats !16:9, 2.40:1 and others) I've had mine for about a year and use 135" screen with a moderate amt.of light! I enjoy mine.
              Good Luck, Mike

              Answered on 1/16/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Hi, yes this projector will absolutely throw a 100" image from 12 feet away. My mount is 16 feet form the screen and I had to zoom it back in to get into my 150" screen. Yours should be absolutely no problem. This is a fantastic projector - great image quality and contrast, bright enough to still be seen very well even with some ambient light, although obviously with a projector zero ambient light is best for the best contrast.

              Answered on 1/15/2016 by BuffMovier from Richmond, VA
            • Staff Reviewer

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              Yes, as long as the front of the lens is between 9'10" up to 19'7" back you're good with a 100" 16:9 format screen.

              Answered on 1/11/2016 by Sarah
            • VERIFIED BUYER

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              You need a calculator to answer that. Try this site : http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-AE8000-projection-calculator-pro.htm

              Answered on 1/10/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Should be. It seems to have a large zoom capability
              We are happy with what we have and it sounds similar to what your asking.
              Bryan

              Answered on 1/10/2016 by Sagmoe from Sioux Falls, SD
            • VERIFIED BUYER

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              I recommend using the projection calculator at www.projectorcentral.com.
              Direct link for this projector is
              http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-AE8000-projection-calculator-pro.htm

              Answered on 1/9/2016 by Feenix from Georgia, USA
          • Q:

            I am building a theater room in my basement and will need to use a 30 foot HDMI cable for the best possible picture quality (I think). I looked at cables and there are all kinds of varieties. Can someone suggest a type of cable that would be suited for this projector?
            Thank you.
            Asked on 12/26/2015 by Rob from Northville, Michigan

            2 answers

          • Q:

            Which year model is this projector? 2015?
            Asked on 11/30/2015 by Newbie from United States

            4 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes.

              Answered on 12/10/2015 by ProjectorPeople.com from Tampa, FL
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Originally it came out in 2012. I'm sure they have made some manufacturing adjustments. The projector will have a manufacture date.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 12/1/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I bought one in 2012 I believe and it was a fairly new model. About top of the line I believe. It's a great projector. Color and brightness are very good. I have no complaints.
              Sent on a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note® 3

              Answered on 12/1/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              2012
              Sent on my Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S® 5

              Answered on 12/1/2015 by Anonymous
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