Yesterday I’ve shared some stereo 3D photos shot with the LG Optimus 3D P920 smartphone and here is a compilation of multiple stereo 3D clips recorded with the same device. The LG Optimus 3D can record stereoscopic 3D video in 720p squashed Side by Side format (the two frames are fitted in a single 1280×720 frame) although in 2D mode it is able to record video in Full HD resolution. Due to the use of half horizontal resolution when recording video, there is some loss of sharpness and detail, although on the smartphone’s autostereoscopic 3D display this is hardly noticeable. However if you connect the device to a big 3D-capable HDTV over the HDMI 1.4 interface you will notice it. Still the resulting video is quite decent, although as usual there is more to be desired. You can see the embedded sample that is available on YouTube 3D or download the video from the link below, the sample video is with corrected aspect ratio of 16:9 for each frame, there is nothing else being modified. In the video you will notice that, like with the photos, direct sunlight or reflections from strong light are a bit problematic for shooting in 3D, there is one short moment when there is a quick glitch in the automatic white balance adjustment. You will also notice that due to the smaller interaxial distance, the scenes with objects going into the distance the stereoscopic 3D effect of volume is starting to disappear, but the 3D camera on the LG Optimus 3D is intended for shooting close objects and scenes and not landscapes or panoramas. Up next is the full review of the 3D functionality of the phone and meanwhile you can leave your comments about the 3D sample video.
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Here is a short 5 minute video clip that combines multiple short test videos in 3D recorded with the Aiptek i2 3D camera. This little sub $200 USD consumer product can provide quite decent results for both 3D photos and 3D videos, provided that you don’t have too high expectations from it. You will have to deal with some of the specific requirements for recording good 3D content as well, but you should quickly be able to get a hold of these by playing with the device. For example the camcorder suffers from the CMOS rolling shutter issue and you should not pan with it quickly or shoot while moving as there is no stabilization, but you can shoot moving objects if the camera is stable and not moving. The low light performance is quite decent, unless of course you have no external light at all… for example you can shoot indoors with low light and still get decent results or even outside on the street in the night with just some street lights etc. You can watch the test 3D footage on the embedded YouTube 3D video above with a pair of anaglyph glasses or download a better quality Side by Side version from the links below to watch with 3D Vision for example. I’ve already uploaded and shared some test 3D Photos shot with the Aiptek i2 camera on the 3DVisionLive web portal. And the full Aiptek i2 review will be coming shortly…