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Sanyo PLV-Z3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z3. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The usability and image quality are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sanyo PLV-Z3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sanyo PLV-Z3 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Projectors on People are impressed by the usability.


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This summary is based on the products: Sanyo UHP 135W Lamp Module for PLV-Z3 ProjectorSanyo UHP 135W Lamp Module for PLV-Z3 Projector

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Overington (

Sanyo PLV-Z3


Great colour depth in a darkened room

LCD technology produces 'flyscreen' effect

Sanyo's PLV-Z3 runs quietly and produces outstanding images for a home theatre model. The only catch is the 'flyscreen' inherent to LCD technology.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Matthew Overington (

Sanyo PLVZ3 Projector


Sanyo's PLVZ3 LCD-based home theatre projector offers compelling features for the movie buff. The model has a 16:9 aspect ratio at a 1280 x 720 pixel ...

Great colour depth in a darkened room

LCD technology produces 'flyscreen' effect

Sanyo's PLV-Z3 runs quietly and produces outstanding images for a home theatre model. The only catch is the 'flyscreen' inherent to LCD technology.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : 411Team Specialist (

Sanyo PLV-Z3 Projector Review


The Sanyo PLV Z3 projector is a high end Digital LCD projector with three RGB High Definition (1280x720 resolution). This Sanyo PLV Z3 projector features a short zoom lens which allows you to fill a 100" diagonal, 49"x87" wide screen from 10' away. The...

The Sanyo Z3 projector offers several aspect ratio levels as well as varying zoom functions. The aspect ratios include (Caption 1 and 2, Normal Through, Natural Wide, Natural Wide 2, Zoom, Full, and Full through. There are also several different gamma...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (

Sanyo PLV-Z3 LCD Video Projector


You can still pay as much for a top-flight home video projector as a luxury car. Even less-lofty models command the price of economy wheels. But in the last few months, I've seen three new models for under $3500 that impressed even this CRT die-hard....

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Sanyo PLV-Z3


It's the end of 2004, and history is almost repeating itself. This time Panasonic launched their AE700u (the 500u's replacement) first, at the beginning of October, and Sanyo followed with the Z3 about a month later. Again, these two new projectors...

Overall picture quality ; Multiple image modes, with some excellent results ; 4 User definable settings, ideal for calibrating, or just "what you like ; More inputs, including separate HDMI, Component, and computer inputs ; 3 year warranty is longer...

Zoom lens has 20% range (1.2:1) less than most of the competition ; Rear venting design (and zoom ratio) make the Z3 less suitable for shelf mounting in rear of room ; Cannot match the higher contrast, "blacker blacks" and shadow detail found in more...

The Sanyo PLV-Z3 home theater projector earns a Hot Product Award, for home theater projectors in the $2000 - $3000 range (as of this writing 11/26). The other current Hot Product Winner in this class is Panasonic's AE700u

Nov, 2004

Highly Rated!

Expert review by : Evan Powell (

Review: Sanyo PLV-Z3


Without question the most popular resolution format for home theater projectors on the market today is 1280x720. Almost all of the higher end DLP projectors use this format, and the LCD makers have made aggressive moves in the lower end market with...

We are watching a rebroadcast of the Athens Olympic Games in HD this afternoon, and Cirque du Soleil is on tonight, both on Bravo HD. It is a good time to have a projector like the Sanyo PLV-Z3 on hand, and we are certainly pleased to put it on our...

Oct, 2004

Product Specifications

With the PLV-Z1 and PLV-Z2 Sanyo set standards for discriminating movie lovers. Sanyo is going even further with the PLV-Z3. Thanks to TOPAZreal and 10-Bit color technology, you can experience a new way of seeing. And with HDTV and HDMI the standards of tomorrow's world are already installed. As a result, the PLV-Z3 will play the leading role in your home theater for a long time.


Safety:Class B, UL Listed

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:800ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:2000:1
Max Image Size:5.08m / 508cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 720
Max Screen Distance:6.1m
Min Image Size:0.79m / 79cm
Min Screen Distance:1.2m
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:LCD projector


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo PLV


Bulb power:135
Lamp Type:UHP

Other features

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Digital keystone correction:+/- 20°
Dimensions (WxDxH):359 x 273.5 x 116.7
I/O ports:Component Video 1(Y, Pb/Cb, Pr/Cr)\nComponent Video 2(Y, Pb/Cb, Pr/Cr)\nS-Video (Mini DIN 4-pin)\nComposite Video(RCAx1)\nAnalog RGB (D-Sub 15)\nRS-232C
Lens shift:Manual
Lens system:F2.04 - 2.54, f0.85” - 1.09”
Video/data systems:PAL, SECAM, NTSC, NTSC4.43, PAL-M\nW-XGA, S-XGA, XGA, S-VGA, VGA, Mac

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


Horizontal scan range:15 - 80
Noise Level:23
Vertical scan range:50 - 100

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1


Power consumption (typical):210


Contrast ratio (typical):2000:1
Projector brightness:800
Projector native resolution:1280 x 720

Projector Lamp

Bulb type:UHP

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video

Weight & Dimensions