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Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 3D Camera is Now Available

February 5th, 2012 · 9 Comments · Shooting in 3D


Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 3D camera is what is considered as the first actual alternative in the form of a portable digital camera of the very popular among 3D users Fujifilm Real 3D W1/W3 compact digital cameras is now available on the market and you can get it for $499 USD. The Lumix DMC-3D1 camera comes equipped with dual 12-megapixel sensors capable of capturing stereo 3D photos with a maximum resolution of 3264×2448 (8 Megapixels with 4:3 aspect) or 3264×1840 (6 Megapixels with 16:9 aspect ratio) as well as 3D video with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution (Side by Side with half horizontal resolution, 60i for the NTSC model and 50i for the PAL model). The camera also comes with 4x optical zoom, optical stabilization system, 3.5-inch touchscreen display that is unfortunately not autostereoscopic 3D capable, but there is a HDMI 1.4 output for direct connection to a 3D-capable display.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 3D camera’s interaxial distance should be very close to 3 centimeters or around 1.2 inches based on the officially announced camera size and the photos of the device, but the exact distance between the two lenses of the camera still hasn’t been officially announced. This is about half of the interaxial distance that the Fujifilm 3D cameras have, meaning that the Panasonic’s product should be more suitable for closer photography in 3D mode. The fact that the Lumix DMC-3D1 does not feature an autostereoscopic 3D display that can be used for direct previewing of the images and video you’ve shot in 3D mode is a serious drawback in the useability of the device in stereo 3D mode as well. If you were so eager to get one of these and try it out, you are welcome to confirm the exact interaxial distance as well as to share your feedback from the product and even some sample 3D photos and 3D videos you have recorded…

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 3D Still and Video Camera is now available for purchase….

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Panasonic Announced the DMC-3D1 3D-capable Digital Still Camera

November 7th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Shooting in 3D


Back in September during the IFA trade show in Germany Panasonic has shown a prototype of an upcoming 3D-capable digital still camera and now they have officially announced the product that will be called Panasonic LUMIX DMC-3D1. The Lumix DMC-3D1 camera will come equipped with dual 12-megapixel sensors (1/2.3-type High Sensitivity Mos Sensors) capable of capturing stereo 3D photos with a maximum resolution of 3264×2448 (8 Megapixels with 4:3 aspect) or 3264×1840 (6 Megapixels with 16:9 aspect ratio) as well as 3D video with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution (Side by Side (apparently half horizontal resolution), 60i for the NTSC model and 50i for the PAL model). The camera also comes with 4x optical zoom, the company’s MEGA O.I.S. optical stabilization system, 3.5-inch touchscreen display, HDMI 1.4 (mini-HDMI) output for direct connection to a 3D-capable display, stereo microphone. So it seems that Fujifilm will finally have some serious competition for their W1/W3 3D digital still cameras and maybe it is about time for them to also have let’s say a new W5 model for examle with more up to date specs…





You can notice that there are very few buttons on the camera’s body, meaning that pretty much all the extra controls are made via the touchscreen display at the back of the camera, where the only physical button is a 2D/3D mode switch. On the top of the camera there are are some more physical buttons: the on/off camera switch, the shutter and zoom and a separate recording button for video capture. So the usability of the camera will be depending a lot on how good is the touchscreen implementation as well as the display of the device as you will be using it a lot. What Panasonic have missed to mention in all the information they have made available about the new Lumix DMC-3D1 3D digital still camera is the interaxial distance. Fortunately I can pretty much assume that it should be very close to 3 centimeters or around 1.2 inches based on the officially announced camera size and the photos of the device. As expected the interaxial distance will be more than twice less as compared to the 75 millimeter distance that the Fuji W3 camera has, meaning that the Panasonic will be better suited for shooting closer objects in 3D, but for more distant ones you will be getting “flatter” results. The new Panasonic Lumix 3D1 3D-capable digital still camera should be available in December 2011 with a recommended end user price of about $500 USD.

For more information about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 digital still camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 3D Still and Video Camera is available for pre-order….

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Digital Cameras With 3D Photo Mode Coming, But Not 3D Cameras

August 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Shooting in 3D


I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but lately there are a lot of new digital cameras that are getting their 3D treatment in the form of a 3D photo mode that works much the same mode as Sony’s 3D Sweep Panorama mode. Sony is the first company to add to a lot of its digital cameras this features that allows you to take 3D photos even though the camera has just one lens and sensor, by just moving the camera horizontally and taking multiple pictures out of which the camera software automatically makes a 3D photo. And now they are even bringing that feature to the latest Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones, but that is to be expected when they already have the software developed and working quite well, so why not integrate it into more devices and say that they also have 3D features. But that is not the problem, the problem is that there are no new real 3D digital cameras coming out on the market, so it is pretty much still up to Fujifilm and their W3 camera to hold the position of the real 3D digital camera for a while more.

If you’ve been looking in the news in the last few days you’ve probably noticed that there are some new digital cameras being introduced from different companies that all have the 3D Photo mode, although they are normal 2D cameras. And I’m not talking about products from some unknown companies, but about pretty much all big names that already have or will soon have this software 3D Photo mode that should be able to automatically make 3D photos out of multiple 2D pictures taken with the camera. Aside from Sony who already have their 3D photo mode in multiple digital cameras, there is also Panasonic with a few models already on the market such as the Lumix ZS10/TZ20/FX78/FX77 and others or the latest Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. Then there is also Nikon that recently announced their Nikon S100 digital camera with 3D Photo mode as well as Olympus with their SZ-10 or the upcoming PEN E-PM1 Mini that also gets a 3D Mode. Now, the only one missing here from the top names is Canon, so is it a matter of time before they also start adding such a 3D Photo mode to their compact digital cameras or maybe they are late, because they want to have a real 3D camera on the market. So if you are looking or a real 3D digital camera at the moment, then you better go for Fujifilm Real 3D W3 instead of considering getting any of these that only have a software 3D Photo mode to make 3D photographs. Just have in mind that these 3D Photo modes are more limited and are not usable for shooting moving objects and you are not able of course to take 3D videos as you can with a real 3D digital camera that has two lenses and sensors.

You can get the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera for about $300 USD…

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