If somebody who actually owns or has used the PT-AE8000u can confirm that the lens memory feature also includes lens shift, that would be greatly appreciated!
EDIT: Bad news. I just found the following information in the "Sound and Vision" review of the PT-AE8000u:
"On a 100-inch-diagonal (87-inch-wide), 16:9 screen, the Panasonic’s minimum and maximum throw distances are 117 and 236 inches. The lens has motorized zoom and focus, with six available memories for different settings. But the lens shift is manual. When you alter the zoom setting, the center of the picture shifts vertically and must be manually readjusted. This makes the lens memories less than useful for their two most obvious applications: to accommodate a 2.35:1 screen for a constant-height setup without the need for an anamorphic lens, and for use with two different screens (such as one for 2D and a separate, highergain model for 3D)."
That's a serious bummer, and I'm surprised it's not mentioned more prominently in other reviews when discussing the lens memory feature. To me, it makes the lens memory feature little more than a gimmick. I've never cared for Panasonic's joystick lens shift control when I've used it on an older model, but I've never used an 8000.
So it looks like there's no point in going to the Panasonic. I know there are some other projectors out there with lens memory, but they are much more expensive, and I don't know if they include motorized lens shift in the lens memory feature.
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Epson 5010 Projector, 133" Cinemascope Screen, Klipsch RF-7, Tuba HT
Last edited by Edgar_in_Indy; 12-26-2014 at 10:15 AM.