Earlier this year when JVC has announced during NAB 2011 their JVC GY-HMZ1 3D ProHD Camcorder the company has stated that it should be available on the market with a price of less than $2500 USD, but now that the 3D camcorder is actually available the price looks even more attractive. The JVC GY-HMZ1U ProHD 3D camcorder has an official list price of $1995 USD, but you can actually purchase it with a price closer to $1700 USD (if you live in the US that is). The new JVC GY-HMZ1 3D ProHD camcorder is actually based on the not long ago announced consumer 3D camcorder – JVC GS-TD1, with pretty much the only difference being the fact that the HMZ1 version has support for 24p 3D recording mode as well as dual XLR microphone inputs. JVC has also announced that the consumer GS-TD1 model will be getting a software update by the end of the year, so it may also get 24p 3D mode available at that time. But since the new JVC GY-HMZ1 3D ProHD camcorder is not much more expensive you may also get that feature even now to make your life easier when editing and exporting the 3D video recorded with the camcorder. The only problem with the JVC GY-HMZ1 3D ProHD camcorder is the fact that since it is considered a professional product it may take more time to appear on some smaller markets or not become available at all, even if the consumer JVC GS-TD1 model is present there.
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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.