The French company Camsorts has chosen the CES show this year to present their new 3D-capable action camera that is going under the name Fusion 3D (if you’ve been there and seen it live you are welcome to share your feedback). The interesting thing about the device is that it is going to be providing a dual sensor Full HD 3D camera in a single package with a fixed interaxial distance. Camsports has not yet officially announced what will be the interaxial distance of the Fusion 3D camera, however the interaxial should be roughly about 3 centimeters, judging from the official pictures of the device. You should know that the camera itself is not going to directly produce the output in a single file, instead it will be recording in two separate streams in two different SD cards, so you will have to join them in the post production. This may sound a bit inconvenient at first, but apparently the idea behind this design is to be able to offer a non 3D recording mode as well with the option to use the two sensors for recording with different settings. Both sensors should be well synchronized no matter if you use them in 2D or 3D mode, and when not in stereo 3D recording mode you should be able to use different resolutions, exposure, color temperature, white balance or even apparently shutter speed.
And now a bit about technical specifications, the Fusion 3D camera should be offering a 135°wide-angle Full HD recording in either 1920×1080 with 25 or 30 fps or 1280×720 in 25/30/50/60 fps modes (not too sure if it is interlaced or progressive as there is contradicting information). The Fusion 3D camera will apparently use a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor and should also be able to record photos in 5Mp resolution (not yet clear if this will also support 3D or only in 2D mode) and the videos are recorded in MOV file container (hopefully with H.264 compression). As mentioned, the camera records two separate streams on two different SD flash cards with two 4GB cards included with the product and up to 32 GB cards supported. The dimensions of the Camsports Fusion 3D camera are: 13 cm in length, 7 cm in width, 2.5 cm in depth and the weight is 230 grams with the battery included (should last you for 60 minutes of use). The device will not be waterproof apparently and waterproof case should be offered as an accessory should you need to make it more resistant to not so good environmental conditions, something that is quite common in action sports.
The new 3D-capable Fusion 3D action camera should become available on the market in the spring this year with a recommended price of $599 USD and that is something that might be a bit of a setback at first, but it also depends on the level of quality and performance that it will be offering as compared to other already available alternatives such as GoPro’s 3D HERO system using GoPro Hero/Hero 2 cameras for example. So be on the lookout for first reviews and/or sample 2D and 3D footage recorded with that new camera when they start becoming available online, hopefully very soon.