Panasonic has unveiled the HDC-SDT750, the world’s first consumer-level 3D camcorder.
The camcorder shoots 1080p high-definition 2D video, but comes with a 3D converter lens so users can create 3D movies at home.
Panasonic 3D camcorder
In 3D use, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 captures two video files, one for the left eye and one for the right eye, these separate videos each have a 960×1080 resolution.
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The camcorder overlays the two videos to create a single AVCHD file, and when connected to a 3D TV through an HDMI connection, creates a 3D picture to be viewed using active shutter 3D glasses.
The AVCHD files, which the camcorder writes to an SD memory card, can also be plugged into a 3D Blu-ray player and then played back on a 3D TV.
5.1 surround sound
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 has a 12x optical zoom and five microphones, each pointing in a different position, so audio can be captured in 5.1 – meaning that a realistic surround sound can be created when watched back on a TV connected to a home cinema kit.
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The HDC-SDT750 comes with HD Writer AE 2.6T PC editing software to allow users to edit their 3D footage and then save it to a 3D Blu-ray player. The 3D camcorder is also capable of time lapse recording, in 3D or 2D mode, that allows users to capture slow-paced video sped up. This technique is often used in nature programmes to show the slow process of a lower blooming in only a few seconds.
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 has a 3-inch 2D LCD, which shows the camera operator what the left eye of the camera is seeing.
Panasonic has confirmed that the 3D camcorder will be available in the UK in September, and it is expected to be sold for around £1,400. Which? should see the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 at the 2010 Photokina camera show in Cologne, September, when we’ll bring you a first look hands on video review..
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Panasonic has also announced a 3D lens converter for the company’s future line up of G series micro four third cameras.
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