Panasonic unveils world’s first 3D camcorder


28 Jul 2010

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Electronics giant Panasonic has a world first with its SDT750 – a consumer camcorder that can shoot 3D video.

First we had 3D movies, then 3D TV sets in the home and Nintendo went three-dimensional for the handheld DS. Will the appetite stretch to home movies?

Panasonic thinks so with the introduction of the first ever consumer 3D camcorder that comes with a 3D conversion lens. When the lens is unattached you can shoot regular 1,080p high-definition video in AVCHD plus you’re getting the 12x optical zoom and Leica Dicomar lens.

The 3D conversion lens records right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously through its two lenses and the result in instantly watchable 3D video.

Obviously, in order to watch the 3D footage, a TV capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, 3D eyewear and HDMI cable connection are needed.

"As a result of research conducted through Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, Panasonic developed a professional 3D system camera and successfully brought high-quality Full HD 3D images to the home for viewing on Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3D televisions," said Chris Rice, senior product manager of imaging with Panasonic Consumer Electronics.

"But now, Panasonic has taken it one step further and developed the world’s first consumer 3D camcorder, the HDC-SDT750 – creating a 3D ecosystem available for consumers in the home.

"Incorporating Panasonic’s professional broadcast technology and bringing it to an easy-to-use consumer model, the SDT750 makes high-quality 3D video content a reality in the home," he added.

The SDT750 camcorder also has 5.1-channel audio recording and a Time Lapse recording feature that can record at one-second, 10-second, 30-second, one-minute and two-minute intervals. Watching grass grow has never been so fascinating. Seriously.