Monday, August 2, 2010

Panasonic introduces first camcorder that takes 3D – the HD SDT750

Japan’s Panasonic has launched the world’s first 3D consumer camcorder it claims, with a special 3D conversion lens which creates two signals simultaneously. When the 3D Conversion lens is not attached the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 shoots full 1080p HD.

This is really an existing HD camera being converted to 3D by adding this specially-designed 3D conversion lens . The two lenses each use 960 by 1080 pixels, so around half full HD for each eye.

The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 will be available in the US from October with a suggested retail price of $1,400.

Chris Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic said “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.”

The system also has something called a Time Lapse Recording feature, so you can record things like a rising sun or a flower growing and then watch the results at an accelerated speed. What it does it takes a frame every 1 second or every 10 or 30 seconds. It can even leave it as long as 2 minutes. So when a scene is recorded at the 1-second interval setting, a 10-minute sunset scene can be played back in 10 seconds, and is also available when the 3D conversion lens is attached.

The Panasonic SDT750 offers a 5.1-channel audio recording sound system that uses five microphones, so when voices are recorded from the front, right, left and back are played on a 5.1-channel home cinema system, users are surrounded by clear, detailed sound that makes them feel as if they are right in the middle of the action.

Playback using a Panasonic VIERA 3D TV is done by connecting the 3D camcorder to the television simply using an HDMI cable.

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