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Aiptek 3D HD i2 Camcorder Comes on August 15th and for $199.99

June 5th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Shooting in 3D

The Aiptek 3D camcorder is an interesting solution for shooting 2D and 3D photos and videos and it also turns out to be quite affordable too with a price of just $199.99 USD, but we’ll have to wait for August 15th when it is going to be officially available. The portable camcorder comes with two 5-megapixels CMOS image sensors for taking still photos up to 5Mp and should be able to record videos with an HD resolution of 720p… in 2D and 3D mode. On the back there is a 2.4-inch autostereoscopic 3D display which makes it possible to see the 3D content without the need of additional glasses, there is also a button to quickly switch between 2D and 3D mode.

Aiptek 3D i2 is a portable camera with dimensions of 118x72x23 (mm) and weight of only 250 grams (including battery). The built-in battery is good for about 2 hours when fully charged and can be easily recharged over a standard USB connection. You can also use the USB connection to transfer data from the camera to thew computer from its internal memory (no information how big it is), but you’ll be able to expand it with an SD/SDHC card up to 32GB. There is also information about availability of HDMI connector to directly connect the camera to a 3D-ready HDTV and playback the content. The additional software for the camcorder should allow you to upload the stereoscopic 3D videos you made directly to YouTube 3D. And you’ll also be able to watch the recorded content on your PC with the help of anaglyph red-cyan glasses coming with the device even if you don’t have a better solution like 3D Vision, 3D TV or anything else that is better.

The only concern that remains is regarding the quality of the photos and videos that the Aiptek 3D camcorder will be able to produce. Having a small CMOS sensor in this price segment means that the 5Mp photos will most likely be with an average quality, but it should be better for 1280×720 video recording in stereo 3D mode. However we should wait and judge the quality when the product comes out on August 15th, as it might turn out to exceed the expectations and I do hope it does, but just in case don’t set your expectations too high. Meanwhile Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the Aiptek 3D i2 camcorder as well as a separately available Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display which is actually a 7-inch digital photo frame that is also using an autostereoscopic 3D display to show the content you”ve shot with the 3D camcorder. Both products are scheduled for August 15th release and both carry the price of $199.99 USD.

The Aiptek 3D HD i2 High Definition 720p 3D Camcorder at Amazon
The Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display (3D Photoframe) at Amazon

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MousKitos // Jun 6, 2010 at 00:04

    I think it’s a Bad Design :-(

    I think that the distance between two optiques is not enought :-(

    The minimum is 6,5 cm ;-)

    So the 3D effect will not enought be good…

    But thanks for this news :-)


  • 2 Bloody // Jun 6, 2010 at 00:10

    Well, you are not exactly right… if you want to replicate the results you get when viewing normally with your eyes around 6 cm parallel is the choice. But since you cannot converge the lenses like you can with your eyes this means that shooting close objects becomes an issue. And considering the camera’s width is 72 millimeters, the lenses are probably somewhere between 5 and 6 cm apart form each other, so it is actually very good distance for normal use, not suitable for macro or wider shots like outdoor panoramas though.

  • 3 David G. // Jun 6, 2010 at 05:04

    The image quality will indeed be average, but I’ll probably pick up the Aiptek since having a smaller inter-axial distance is indeed very useful for smaller objects. I have shot good-quality images on the Fujifilm Real 3D W1, but even then you have to keep things like flowers or food at a healthy distance (Fujifilm recommends a minimum 3.3 ft. distance). Having smaller inter-axial distances is great if your main subject is a something like a flower or a human close-up, and you aren’t worried about objects that are 20 feet away. The key with these compact/point-and-shoot style cameras is to shoot with low ISO and with plenty of light.

    BTW, the Fujifilm doesn’t adjust focus or allow zooming while taking video, so if the Aiptek does this it will be a huge step up on the video end.

  • 4 salsa // Jun 6, 2010 at 05:05

    For shooting 3D, using the human eye interaxial distance usually produces undesirable effects– the parallax is too extreme to resolve the stereo effect for both near and far subjects. For the types of pictures people will be taking with these– portraits or group shots with distant backgrounds– under 5cm is just fine.

  • 5 Bloody // Jun 6, 2010 at 12:50

    The Fujifilm Real 3D W1 has an interaxial distance of 77 millimeters, so it is harder to take closeup shots of objects or of very distant ones. That is precisely why Fuji has built the advanced 3D modes that are using just a single lens and require you to move the camera body, just like you will do with a non-3D camera when taking 3D picture with a single lens. However the Fuji does help a bit by actually overlaying the first image so you have visual advice when taking the second photo.

    I suppose that Aiptek will also have some sort of mode implemented to compensate for the fact that lenses are fixed and you cannot control the interaxial distance. Then again in-camera manual paralax control just like on the Fuji will also be good, but we still don’t know if the Aiptek 3D camcorder will have these.

  • 6 Andre // Jun 6, 2010 at 18:58

    I am in the market for a 3D camera, do I aim at fujipix or look at a low cost option such as the one above. All photo’s are for non- professional use but obviously a keepsake

  • 7 Johnny // Jun 9, 2010 at 19:32

    Is it true that the recording videos in 3D will be side-by-side, meaning that recorded videos will have 640×720 per eye? I once read this and I wish there was a better video resolution. Still I consider buying this one.

  • 8 Bloody // Jun 9, 2010 at 19:43

    The information currently available is that the camera will record in 720p in Side by Side format, but it is not yet very clear if this means 1280×720 half resolution (squashed) or 256×720 full resolution 720p. Considering the price of the product however it is most likely that it will be 640×720 resolution per eye, instead of full 1280×720 resolution for each of the eyes…

  • 9 3D-camcorder Love // Jul 31, 2010 at 09:09

    I agree, I am skeptical about the image quality. But it is a low cost way to get a 3D camcorder that will tide me over until better technology is here . . . at a more reasonable price. This new tech will grow fast!

  • 10 Frank Eivind Rundholt // Oct 28, 2010 at 00:36

    I’ve been using the Aiptek 3D i2 camera for a couple of weeks now and think it’s fun to play with. At the price it comes at, it’s good. There are some artifacts in the video, but I can live with that. And it records 640 x 720 for each eye. The stillpictures in 3D are great. It’s an OK entry level 3D camera.

  • 11 james braselton // Dec 26, 2010 at 00:02

    hi there best camcorder ever i like how i could finaly get into 3d on a buget i got my aiptek i2 3d camcorder for 2010 christmax soo haveing only hours of play time i like it alto and real 3d too

  • 12 james braselton // Jan 1, 2011 at 08:47

    hi there got my aiptek i2 3d ccorder for christmax day wich means by march 27 at 9:00 am i would have had 3 months 2 days advantage of nintendo 3ds 3d camera and 3d video wich comes standard on a nintendo 3ds soo i will end up with 2 3d camcorders the aiptek i2 3d camcorder and the nintendo 3ds camcorder plus 3ds is a portable 3d movie player the realease date by web sites saying nintendo 3ds march 27 at 9:00 am

  • 13 Ahmad // Jun 5, 2011 at 22:11

    hmmm this is good but one ting problem the is not Full HD to Video or photo. For at i wanna the photo and video file to some use on my computer and pull on Youtube or look in my computer for to Full HD not the Ready HD.

    i hate HD ready just best Full HD

    HD full is 1920 x 1080……………

    have nice day.

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