The Aiptek 3D camcorder that was previously announced as Aiptek 3D HD i2 is now shipping two days ahead of the announced schedule for the pre-orders. The new name of the Aiptek 3D-capable camcorder is now Aiptek DDD11K 3D HD Camcorder, but there are no other changes besides the name. The Aiptek 3D Photo frame is expected to start shipping on August 15th, so there are no changes there. If you are one of the first to get a hold on an Aiptek DDD11K 3D HD Camcorder then please share some 3D photos and 3D videos that you shoot with it, so that other people can see what can be expected from this quite affordable in price product…
August 13th, 2010 · 24 Comments · Shooting in 3D
June 5th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Shooting in 3D
The Aiptek 3D camcorder is an interesting solution for shooting 2D and 3D photos and videos and it also turns out to be quite affordable too with a price of just $199.99 USD, but we’ll have to wait for August 15th when it is going to be officially available. The portable camcorder comes with two 5-megapixels CMOS image sensors for taking still photos up to 5Mp and should be able to record videos with an HD resolution of 720p… in 2D and 3D mode. On the back there is a 2.4-inch autostereoscopic 3D display which makes it possible to see the 3D content without the need of additional glasses, there is also a button to quickly switch between 2D and 3D mode.
Aiptek 3D i2 is a portable camera with dimensions of 118x72x23 (mm) and weight of only 250 grams (including battery). The built-in battery is good for about 2 hours when fully charged and can be easily recharged over a standard USB connection. You can also use the USB connection to transfer data from the camera to thew computer from its internal memory (no information how big it is), but you’ll be able to expand it with an SD/SDHC card up to 32GB. There is also information about availability of HDMI connector to directly connect the camera to a 3D-ready HDTV and playback the content. The additional software for the camcorder should allow you to upload the stereoscopic 3D videos you made directly to YouTube 3D. And you’ll also be able to watch the recorded content on your PC with the help of anaglyph red-cyan glasses coming with the device even if you don’t have a better solution like 3D Vision, 3D TV or anything else that is better.
The only concern that remains is regarding the quality of the photos and videos that the Aiptek 3D camcorder will be able to produce. Having a small CMOS sensor in this price segment means that the 5Mp photos will most likely be with an average quality, but it should be better for 1280×720 video recording in stereo 3D mode. However we should wait and judge the quality when the product comes out on August 15th, as it might turn out to exceed the expectations and I do hope it does, but just in case don’t set your expectations too high. Meanwhile Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the Aiptek 3D i2 camcorder as well as a separately available Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display which is actually a 7-inch digital photo frame that is also using an autostereoscopic 3D display to show the content you”ve shot with the 3D camcorder. Both products are scheduled for August 15th release and both carry the price of $199.99 USD.
March 3rd, 2010 · 4 Comments · Stereo 3D Events
CeBIT is a tradeshow for the digital industry held each year in Hannover, Germany and you can consider it to be something like the European alternative of CES. CeBIT 2010 is currently being held (March 2nd – March 6th) and there are already some interesting S3D news and products being shown or announced during the expo. So here is in brief some information about the stereoscopic 3D-capable products that might get your attention and that will soon be available commercially, so that they can be bought…
Aiptek is showing probably one of the smallest and cheapest 3D camcorders that will soon be available on the market, it can record videos in stereoscopic 3D format at VGA (640×480) resolution and also take still pictures in S3D. The company also showed a 3D-capable autostereoscopic (no glasses needed) digital picture frame where you can display the 3D photos you’ve taken with the 3D camera. Both products should be available on the market in a few months with a recommended end user price of 199 Euro (roughly $270 USD). Here is a short video of both products in action at CeBIT.
ASUS unveiled a new supposedly 23-inch 3D-capable 120Hz LCD screen named Asus VG236H and also showed their upcoming 27-inch 3D-ready LCD monitor which we’ve already seen at CES – Asus PG276H. Both of them are offer Full HD resolution and support stereoscopic 3D active shutter glasses like Nvidia’s 3D Vision. Visitors can also see the first 3D Vision-ready gaming laptop – the Asus G51J 3D, but that is old news already as it is currently available on the market and you can buy it if you want to.
MSI is currently demonstrating a 24-inch All-In-One PC that uses a 120Hz Full HD panel with LED backlight to offer stereoscopic 3D support when used with active shutter glasses like for example Nvidia’s 3D Vision. But it seems that MSI has taken things even further by providing touch capabilities to the screen, so you’ll get both touch-capable and 3D-ready display with this computer. This seems to be a prototype though as MSI is not talking much about specs, not to mention that there is still not even an official product name for this 3D AIO PC mentioned anywhere. Another interesting thing that can be seen at CeBIT from MSI is their first supposedly 3D-capable gaming notebook – MSI GT660, although details about the stereo 3D support are still a bit vague. MSI seems to be focusing mostly on the audio provided by Dynaudio and the specs of the laptop than to clarify if it really has a 120Hz LCD panel and will support if it will support 3D Vision for example.
NVIDIA is yet again teasing us with working Fermi cards (GeForce GTX480) and with working setups utilizing the upcoming 3D Vision Surround technology which will allow you to play with up to 3 monitors or projectors in stereoscopic 3D mode.
If you see something else related to stereoscopic 3D shown at CeBIT please drop me a line through the contact form of the website to add it here in the list with the other products…
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