As you might recall, we included an article a few weeks back about 3D video technology. Panasonic has been at the leading edge of offering 3D televisions and glasses for consumers. Now it seems, they’re also introducing a consumer 3D digital camcorder. It’s called the HDC-SDT750 and it comes with a detachable 3D conversion lens. The dual-lens 3D attachment mounts onto the HDC-SDT750 and serves up 12x optical zoom from its Leica lenses. With the 3D conversion lens attached, it shoots 960 x 1080 video with each lens. The camera records two sets of footage (one for the left-eye, and one for the right-eye) and can be exported digitally to be viewed on a compatible 3D HDTV with compatible active shutter 3D glasses. Another cool feature is you can take 14-megapixel still images with the camcorder which show a 3-Dimensional effect.
Panasonic has already been offering the HDC-SDT750 with a regular 2D lens attached. According to Panasonic, there are a few differences when using the 3D lens attachment. For one, the maximum aperture setting drops to F3.5, and the control ring is limited to white-balance adjustments. The price for this setup will be $1400, and is set for release this October, 2010.
Sorry if it seems like I’m shamelessly plugging Panasonic products, but I’m just excited that they’ve taken the initiative to bring this very exciting development in video down to the consumer. I’m fairly confident those childhood futuristic dreams of wearing virtual reality headsets and navigating our favorite shows are truly catching up with the present. The economy might be crap, but the innovations in entertainment have never been more intriguing. Speaking of the economy, if this new Panasonic sounds a bit pricey for your budget, then stay tuned for next week’s article about how to create your own 3D images using a conventional 2D camera.