After the recent information that Sony will be delaying the release of their first 3D consumer camcorder – the Sony HDR-TD10 due to the situation in Japan, the company started offering their smaller 3D Bloggie MHS-FS3 portable camera in USA. This is actually the first real dual-lens 3D consumer product that Sony is releasing on the market, so now let us see how good did they manage to make it. Everyone that gets the 3D Bloggie is welcome to share some 3D photos as well as 3D videos recorded with it…
The interaxial distance of the two lens at the back of the 3D Bloggie is about 20 millimeters or about 0.78 inches which should actually be Ok for the sensor size (1/4 type CMOS sensor) that this portable 3D camcorder uses, after all it is made more for close-up photos and videos. The recommended distance by Sony between the camera and the subject of approximately 1.2 m to 5.0 m (approximately 3 feet 11 1/4 inches to 16 feet 4 7/8 inches). One thing that you should not forget when shooting in 3D mode with the 3D Bloggie camera is that you should hold it horizontally (landscape orientation) due to the way the two lenses on the back are positioned.
When shooting 3D photos or 3D videos you will be limited to 1920×1080 resolution (30p for videos) which is about 2Mp, you cannot take 3D pictures or 3D videos in other resolutions, although when in 2D mode you can use the full 5Mp resolution of the camera and have additional options. When shooting in 3D mode you will also not be able to use the Face detection function, use the Digital Zoom, the Anti-blur mode or 360 degree recording with the additional 360 video lens, so you are a bit limited as compared to when taking 2D photos or 2D videos. With a single charge of the device you should be able to record 3D video for about 40 to 60 minutes, the playback on a single charge should be providing you with up to 120 minutes. When recording video continuously you can do it for about 29 minutes when it will automatically stop recording as well as when the file size reaches 2GB size (whatever comes first).
The display of the 3D Bloggie camera is an autostereoscopic one, meaning you can watch 3D without needing special glasses, there is a button that allows you to switch between 2D and 3D mode. So you can not only take 3D photos and 3D videos with it, but also preview them with the camera or connect it to a bigger screen 3D HDTV and play them back on it through mini-HDMI connection. If you try to play a 3D image on a non 3D-ready HDTV, then you will be shown just a 2D version of the photo (the left view). The camera comes with a 3D Adjust function that helps you control the parallax of 3D photos in order to correct small composition issues where the depth is not at the level you wanted it to be.
The recording in 3D is done in Side-by-Side format, JPEG for the 2D photos and MPO for the 3D and MP4 (1920x1080p MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) for the videos. And apparently you will also be able to use the 3D Bloggie as a web camera if you connect it to your desktop or a laptop computer, not only in 2D mode, but in 3D mode as well. In this case the video size will be limited to 640×480 resolution and only the video will be transmitted from the camera to the computer through the USB connection, so for audio you will need an additional microphone.