Alright guys, I have some info that might benefit a few of guys wondering just how the Panasonic ar100u holds up. Take into account that this is my first post here at AVS forum. So don't expect a professional review.
Environment (Living Room): Ceiling-Dark Grey
Side Walls-medium Grey
Two Large Windows (w/ blackout curtains)
Two Doors with small windows (only front door-
window has a black curtain)
Hallway (ambient light entering from kitchen-
no control of this)
Glossy white & black furniture- light will be
Projector distance 18ft
Projector Screen 106" - Monoprice 1.0 gain
In sum, my living room will always have ambient light. So black levels weren't such a huge concern for me considering that I probably wouldn't benefit if I did purchase a projector with better black levels.
Background: I had a Panasonic ae4000u projector a year ago, unfortunately I was forced to give it up. This projector was awesome and so it set my expectations high. Thankfully, the Panasonic Ar100u didn't disappoint. So far I am enjoying it.
Movies: So far the picture quality has been amazing. I have watched Sons of Anarchy (Direct TV), and few blurays (Saving Private Ryan, 007, Avatar, Harry Potter). The picture looks clean/ natural with dynamic pop to the image. Sharpness is good as well.
Gaming: I have played MW3 (fast paced shooter) on it, let me say that I saw no lag. I had it set to game mode; it felt smooth with minimal delay. And if that isn't enough for you, you can further enhance this by changing frame rate from medium to high, to minimize the delay even further. Lag should not be a issue with this projector.
Sports: I had this set to sports mode when watching UEFA soccer match (HD from Direct TV). While picture quality was good, I do see occasional blurring during fast movements. Coming from a Panasonic ae4000u that had frame interpolation, the results were a bit better on this projector. Note: sports still look great but I do wish the ar100u had frame interpolation.
Here are some pics I took during the day today (with all curtains closed) in Cinema Mode. Note: the pictures do not represent the actual picture quality of the projector. Also take into account the some of the pictures came out a bit out of focused & over saturated in color (in terms of skin tones).