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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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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Here is something interesting coming from iWATCH3D from an event in JVC’s London headquarters where they presented the upcoming JVC GS-TD1 3D consumer camcorder. Michael has managed to paly a bit with the 3D camcorder to get some good hands-on impression and also to record some sample 3D footage that you can see online here on YouTube 3D or download the video from the links bellow with a higher quality. I’m just going to quite the pros and cons that he has summarized in his short overview and you can read the full hands-on impressions on his website.
Here are some of the nice things on the JVC GS-TD1 3D:
– F1.2 lens has got to be the biggest plus. I didn’t yet see any super low light done by it, but from the indoor shots I’ve done, it certainly didn’t show too much disturbing noise artefacts. Makes it capable of nice Bokeh shots, not really DSLR league but enough to make your depth bracket be isolated from the background.
– Manual controls. I’ve seen the settings that I would want to set myself to manual when shooting at normal pace. Focus, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, audio input/output levels, parallax can all be set before pressing record.
– 3.5″ 3D LCD screen. Yes 3D on it looks Ok, but what I liked best was to swivel the articulating screen to an angle that I saw the 3D stops working but the two streams overlay so I can monitor parallax values and adjust my position to the subject for best 3D.
– Ability to shoot 3D time lapses is something that I just didn’t get enough time to check out but I bet it will look good.
– 3D MPO photos in 1080 resolution… not as good as Fuji’s W3, most probably, but it’s there and occasionally why not make a 3D picture?
And what can be further improved in the JVC GS-TD1 3D:
– At the wide end of the lens it’s 35mm equivalent is only 42mm which some could say make them look home-video-ish. It’s the same lens that they’ve used in the other new 2D top end consumer camcorder the HM960 but to have a compact size 3D camcorder they used two smaller 1/4.1″ CMOS sensors, compared to HM960s 1/2.3″ that makes it have a wide end of 29.5mm (35mm equivalent).
– Interlaced recording. Personally I’m not a fan of it in either 2D or 3D. Even the best deinterlacing software will not cope well with fast motion/action/panning etc. Especially in 3D you want sharp images for the brain to get more info to be able to recreate the best 3D effect.
– CMOS’ famous rolling shutter. It’s there but considerably less painful than for example my Canon 550d’s (T2i). So a good job by JVC, but in a perfect world, for 3D specifically, again I’d prefer global shutter.
– Electronic image stabilizer. An optical would have been better, mainly as it’s a consumer product and it’s designed to be handheld.
Michael compares the JVC with the Fujifilm W3 and his custom dual Canon 550D (T2i) 3D recording rig and you should also have in mind that the JVC GS-TD1 3D camcorder is a consumer product and not a professional one. And JVC’s product will probably have a serious competition with Sony’s upcoming HDR-TD10E 3D camcorder and hopefully we’ll soon start seeing more information and demo footage from Sony’s product as well. Personally I’m interested in both and will try to get them for testing if possible, because I’m planning to purchase one of these two models for shooting 3D video as any stereo 3D enthusiast interested in 3D video recording on a non-professional level probably is also interested in them…
– Download the JVC GS-TD1 3D Sample – mirror 1
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