During the currently held 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas there are a lot of new 3D-related announcements and showcases for professionals interested in 3D technology and the new compact 3D camcorders announced by JVC and Sony are among them. What is interesting is the fact that for example the new JVC GY-HMZ1 3D ProHD camcorder is actually based on the not long ago announced consumer 3D camcorder – JVC GS-TD1. Of course the professional model has an extended set of features compared to the consumer version, but the basic specs are pretty much the same. The new JVC GY-HMZ1 is expected to be available this fall with a market price of under $2,500 USD, so it will not be significantly more expensive than the consumer model the company already has available in multiple markets worldwide.
Sony is doing pretty much the same thing with their consumer 3D camcorder, the Sony HDR-TD10 that also gets some additional features and is transformed into a pro model and more specifically the Sony HXR-NX3D1. The Sony HXR-NX3D1 professional 3D camcorder is planned to be available in the U.S. this summer, at a suggested list price of around $3,400 USD, which is actually a bit more expensive than the JVC’s expected price. Just like with the new JVC model, what is more important here as well with the new Sony 3D camcorders is that these professional models will be very compact and more affordable compared to the big shoulder-mount professional 3D solutions. This will enable more people to be able to produce stereoscopic 3D video content, something that is really needed to drive the demand for 3D-capable HDTVs and other solutions for viewing 3D content.