Originally posted by TheLongshot
That's the thing, isn't it? The Panny's flexibility is going to kill the competition. The fact that it has lens shift and has a long throw means it has something no other projector in it's class has, not to mention that the price is killer.
Even the Panny isn't perfect. from a lens shift standpoint, it can sit anywhere between only slightly above top of screen, or below bottom, but just barely.
Those with higher ceilings still have to hang the projector down a ways. By comparison Sanyo's Z3's lens shift has more range - I can't recall the specifics, but with a 100" screen it can probably be mounted a good foot higher than the Panny.
Hey, I have a 19.5 foot ceiling and my 8700+ hangs down just over 5 feet (my 140" screen surface starts about 6 inches below the lens center.
Most people I talk to don't worry to much about it. I'd rather have the performance of the BenQ than the lens shift flexibility of the Panny.
Hey when we watch in our theaters, its dark anyway, so why worry if the projector hangs down an extra few inches or foot. (OK if someone has a really low ceiling and tiered seating I can see that as a possible problem).