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Panasonic is Working on Compact Twin-Lens 3D Digital Camera

September 2nd, 2011 · 10 Comments · Shooting in 3D

Panasonic used this year’s IFA trade show to announce and show an interesting prototype of a device they are working on, a twin-lens compact 3D digital camera that will go under the company’s LUMIX product line. The Panasonic Lumix 3D camera may as well turn out to be the closest competitor to Fujifilm’s 3D digital cameras that are already available for quite a while now, but we are probably going to have to wait at least a few months before the Lumix 3D camera hits the market. Still it is good news for everyone that is interested in a compact 3D-capable digital camera, as having more devices on the market with different features is a good thing, right? And although Panasonic is still not releasing a lot of details about the capabilities of the device, they let out a few pieces of information. One very important thing however was left out – the interaxial distance between the to lenses of the camera, but judging from the photos of the device it seems to be something in between 3 and 4 centimeters (1.2 – 1.6 inches). So the distance will for sure be shorter than what we already have on the Fuji 3D camera, meaning more flexibility for closer 3D photos and videos and more flatness when you want to capture more distant objects.

According to Panasonic their compact 3D camera will be capable of taking 3D still photos (most likely in MPO format) and 3D HD video (recorded in Side by Side AVCHD format). It is using 4x zoom lenses with folding optics and optical stabilization for achieving better results when shooting both still photos and video. There is no information available yet about the display of the camera, but it will most likely be an autostereoscopic 3D solution as this makes the most sense. And of course the camera will feature HDMI 1.4 support for connecting and playing the 3D content to a large screen 3D-capable HDTV. If you are visiting the IFA trade show you may go and also visit the Panasonic booth at Messe Berlin, Hall 5.2 where the new 3D digital camera prototype should be on display (until September 7th). And if you do so you and find some other interesting details about the Lumix 3D camera, then feel free to share them in the comments below…

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