Originally Posted by Silverfox1
IMO I would speculate that the AX100 is selling more units worldwide then the Sanyo Z5.
That said I can guarantee you from all the threads I have read in the past 6 months on various forums that their definitely has been more customer complaints & problems encountered with the Panasonic AX100 vs. the Z5.
Also as stated from previous ealier model Z1-Z4 Sanyo owners the warranty service is lagging in customer support.
It is also quite apparent that the problems associated with the AX100 are showing up within the first few months or sooner of usage by the customers due to an obvious lack of Quality Control of the product before it was released and now [Hopefully Not] it looks like Panasonic may begin resorting to the warranty tactics that Sanyo practices.
The ONLY way you could really compare these two popular projectors would be to issue 1000 units of each to individual consumers and track the first 6 months or 500 hrs. of lamp usage of customer complaints, warranty repair requests, exchanges, or total returns on these exact units.
Me personally I would rather have a problem show up in my purchase of the FP a few years down the road and if still under warranty haggle with it then. Heck in a few years I would probably be ready to upgrade anyway.
When consumers purchase a product such as the highly touted AX100 we expect it to perform as advertised but unfortunately due to lack of quality control on the manufacturing end thats not always the case. Thus we sometimes hear of recalls on various products.
I personally went with the Z5 and am extremely satisfied with the PQ mated to the XA2 and I simply made my decision based on the forum threads of early usage problems encountered within the AX100.
I`m sure their are lots of happy AX100 owners and next week my Z5 may bite the dust and I will be singing a different tune but nowadays it seems like its a crapshoot when making a decision with all the variables you have to consider.
Good Luck with Your Decison!