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Sanyo PLV-Z5

Sanyo PLV-Z5
alaScore 88

103 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z5. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Views about the reliability and noise are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback, but comments about the design and size are different.

usability, image quality, price, noise, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sanyo PLV-Z5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Projectors on People are impressed by the price and noise. The image quality and usability also get good reviews.

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo PLVZ5 - High Definition LCD TV Projector Sanyo PLVZ5 - High Definition LCD TV Projector

Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo PLV-Z5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Reviewers are impressed by the price. The image quality also gets good feedback, but some have doubts about the size.

usability, image quality, price


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo PLV Z5 - LCD projector - 1100 ANSI lumens - 1280 x 720 - wSanyo PLV Z5 - LCD projector - 1100 ANSI lumens - 1280 x 720 - w

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : John Archer (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 LCD Projector


Sanyo's PLV-Z5 LCD projector isn't brand new but its price is too good to ignore!

Other specs are very promising, as a high brightness rating of 1,100 ANSI Lumens rubs shoulders with a surprisingly hefty 10,000:1 contrast ratio. This latter figure in particular would again have looked like state-of-the-art stuff at the time of the...

Feb, 2011

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Sanyo PLV-Z5


The PLV-Z5 has its benefits, but can't quite match the all-round ability of the best in its class

Versatile positioning ; simple set-up ; strong colours ; decent detail

Struggles to stay on top of fast movement ; depth of field could be better

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Sanyo PLV-Z5 review


Don't be put off by the cheap and nasty looks – this HD-ready Sanyo projector may well be the company's best projector yet. Packed to the rafters with imaging tech and connections, the deal clincher is you can get your mitts on it for less than half...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : staff (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 review


The fifth generation of Sanyo's impressive home collection

Clear picture performance

Black levels aren't very good ; Design doesn't impress

A good performer when it's really, really dark

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : John Archer (

Sanyo PLV-Z5


It doesn't look much of a bargain, though. Its boring rectangular shape, uninspiring colour scheme and plasticky finish do little to explain why this projector should once have cost over ?1,500.

It runs quietly, produces believable colours, and pictures are extremely clean and 'pure

Hard to convincingly balance brightness and contrast

Dec, 2008

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Sanyo PLV-Z5


When it comes to watching high definition, the bigger the screen you watch it on, the more impressive it looks. That's precisely why we love HD Ready projectors so much - especially when they're as affordable as the £1,645 Sanyo PLV-Z5.

Easy to use and simple to set up, Has an array of features making it quite customisable

Looks plasticy and cheap, Only does 720p, not 1080p

An average entry-level projector. Not shabby, new-comers will get a lot out of it

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Dave Jansen (

Sanyo PLV-Z5


Back in 2005 we reviewed the Sanyo [[prodid:177]], an excellent LCD projector with very few flaws. In 2006, the [[prodid:1420]] didn't quite live up t...

Excellent image quality, quiet operation, wide array of ports, lens shifting, large maximum image size, extensive calibration options

Some banding in the PC mode resolution tests

If you're in the market for a top-notch home theatre projector, you can't go wrong with the Sanyo PLV-Z5.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 LCD Projector Review


The Sanyo PLV-Z5 makes a few improvements on the Z4 platform and keeps itself at the top of a very hot list of 720p projectors that are guaranteed to make any home theater enthusiast almost certain

Very detailed image with reduced screen door effect ; Excellent calibration out of the box ; Quiet cooling system ; 3000 hour bulb life (max) ; Excellent LCD panel adjustment and maintenance options

No 12VDC trigger ; Only a minor upgrade from the PLV-Z4

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Philip Wong (

Sanyo Z5


Sanyo's new 720p hi-def home theatre projector is one of the rare gems with dual HDMI and a cool motorised lens shutter. Best of all, it's going for a hard-to-resist AU$3,299 pricing.

Outlook The PLV-Z5 is going for a light AU$3,299 price tag. In terms of value, you will be hardpressed sourcing for a better deal to match this feature-packed Japanese product. There is no better time to upgrade your 480p beamer with such...

Jan, 2007

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Sanyo PLV Z5


The PLV-Z5 has its benefits, but can't quite match the all-round ability of the best in its class

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

SANYO enjoys a well-deserved leadership position in the LCD projector industry. Over the past several years company's breakthroughs in LCD technology have helped lead a tremendous surge in the growth of this industry. Even so, SANYO is continuously striving to meet the challenges and demands of an ever-changing world. SANYO is at the forefront of expanding the possibilities of LCD projectors through the use of advance digital technology. Most SANYO projectors today employ digital technology in a variety of features including digital interfacing (Digital Visual Interface, High-Definition Serial Digital Interface), digital keystone correction, digital progressive scanning, and digital realized interpolation technology. SANYO offers the widest range of projector models in the industry, which means it's a virtual certainty that there will be a SANYO projector to fit the needs of any presenter in any situation. Each category of SANYO projectors contains models that rank at the top of their respective class in terms of brightness, features and versatility. PRODUCT FEATURES: Resolution: 1,280 x 720 (HDTV), Contrast ratio 10,000 : 1; 2 HDMI inputs; Adaptive and dynamic iris; 12-bit color processing (10.7 billion colors); Extremely quiet: 22 dB (Eco Mode); 2x wide angle zoom lens; Horizontal and vertical lens shift function; Automatic shutter.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:1.78
Display Resolution:1280 x 720

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Colour Support:Up to 10.7 billion colours
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1100ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1
Max Image Size:10.16m / 1016cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 720
Max Screen Distance:9.2m
Min Image Size:1.02m / 102cm
Min Screen Distance:1.2m
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:LCD projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo PLV


Bulb power:145
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:2000 / 3000

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2
Focal length range (f-f):21.3 - 42.6

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 60

Other features

Analogue video signal:PAL / SECAM / NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL-M/N
Dimensions (WxDxH):382 x 126.8 x 304.3 / 382 x 304.3 x 126.8 / 382 x 305 x 127
Lens system:3V - 2H
Power requirements:100 - 240 V
Power supply type:100-240 V AC
Resolution:1280 x 720


Dot clock scanning frequency:100
Horizontal scan range:15 - 80
Noise Level:22
Vertical scan range:50 - 100

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite Video In:1
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power Consumption (Standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):185 / 210


Digital gamma correction: Yes
Horizontal resolution:420
Keystone correction, horizontal:20 - -20
Keystone correction, vertical:± 20
Number of Colours:1.073 billion colours
Projection Technology:LCD
Projector brightness:1100
Projector native resolution:1280 x 720
Screen size compatibility:1016 - 7620
Zoom capability: Yes

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:2000hour(s)
Bulb type:UHP


Full HD: Yes

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
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

Weight & Dimensions