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3D lens converter for Panasonic MFT cameras

Micro four-third cameras to be able to shoot in 3D

3D lens for Panasonic Lumix G Micro System

Panasonic has announced a 3D lens converter that will enable compatible micro four-third (MFT) cameras to shoot in 3D.

The 3D lens converter is expected to launch before the end of 2010, however it is not clear whether it will work with existing micro four-third cameras (with or without a firmware upgrade) or yet-to-be announced micro four-third cameras.

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The 3D lens converter accessory has two optical systems within the diameter of a regular MFT lens mount, and allows compatible cameras to create stereo images for the left and the right eye.

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The stereo images are then converted into a single file using the camera’s 3D image processor, and the resulting 3D file, be it a video or still picture file, can then be played back on a 3D TV. This can be done either via an HDMI connection from the camera to the TV, or by inserting the camera’s SD memory card into a 3D Blu-ray player.

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Word on pricing and launch date has not yet been confirmed, however Which? expects to see this 3D accessory in action at the 2010 Photokina show in September, when we hope to bring you more news.

Panasonic has also announced the world’s first consumer-level 3D camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750.

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