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More JVC GS-TD1 3D Camcorder First Impressions and a Sample Video

February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Shooting in 3D

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…

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JVC is Also Announcing a Full HD 3D Consumer Camcorder at CES

January 7th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Shooting in 3D

For CES JVC is also joining with a consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full HD, thanks to a new JVC-developed high-speed processor that can produce two simultaneous Full HD images. The new JVC GS-TD1 3D camcorder uses two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors – one for each lens – to capture three-dimensional images and the high-speed imaging engine simultaneously processes the two Full HD images – left and right at 1920x1080i resolution each. JVC’s new camcorder offers recording in “LR Independent Format” as well as the widely used “Side-by-Side Format” for AVCHD (3D) and conventional AVCHD (2D) shooting. The camcorder uses a JVC 3D Twin HD GT Lens and also features round iris diaphragms that enable beautiful bokeh effect (background blurring) shooting of video and stills alike.

Additional highlights include 3D optical 5x zoom, Optical Axis Automatic Stabilization System for disparity control to give depth to 3D images, JVC’s BIPHONIC technology for dynamic 3D sound and Automatic Parallax Adjustment to optimize the 3D-video comfort zone. JVC GS-TD1 has a 3.5″ 3D touch panel LCD monitor that can display 3D images without the need for 3D glasses (autostereoscopic 3D display), making it easy to check 3D images while shooting and watch 3D playback in the field. The JVC GZ-TD1 Full HD 3D camcorder will be available in March for $1,999.95. And thus I already have a competitor for the place of the upcoming Sony 3D camera that I already liked from first look, as JVC will be soon offering putting a quite similar and very competitive product. Again as with Sony, here nobody is mentioning what will be the interaxial distance, but I suppose that JVC has settled fro around 6 to 6.5 centimeters.

JVC also introduced a new HD Everio camcorder with 3D capabilities – the JVC GZ-HM960. This model is not a dual lens and sensors camera, it is similar to other HD Everio models in size and features, but what differentiates the GZ-HM960 is its 2D-to-3D output function that can convert any 2D footage into 3D. And the output can be viewed without glasses directly on the camera;s 3.5-inch 3D LCD monitor (autostereoscopic 3D display), or by connecting the camcorder to an external 3D HDTV. The JVC HD Everio GZ-HM960 will be available in February for $949.95. The 2D to 3D conversion feature on that camera is not what I’d prefer to have instead of a true 3D camera, but it can be attractive for some users that want to get stereo 3D content in the easy way by continuing to shoot exactly the same way they did up until now in 2D. Still this camera from JVC will be the first one to offer such functionality built in.

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