Panasonic HDC-SDT750 camcorder goes 3D


Stereoscopic 3D is a huge issue these days, and many companies have already rolled out full HD 3D-capable TVs at CES earlier this year, where many models have started to penetrate markets worldwide following the January announcement. Well, why wait for your local TV stations to offer 3D channels when you can create and store your own memories in 3D format? Panasonic offers this ability with the HDC-SDT750, which is touted to be the first consumer 3D camcorder in the world. It will be accompanied by a 3D conversion lens which allows you to shoot powerful and true-to-life 3D video content. Of course, just in case you are mulling over the idea of purchasing a 3D-capable TV in the future, you can always buy the Panasonic SDT750 and use it as a regular camcorder at the moment, where it does full 1080p High Definition (HD) in AVCHD without the 3D conversion lens unattached. Expect it to keep you and your audiences happy with a range of powerful features such as a 3MOS system, a Leica Dicomar lens and a 12x optical zoom.

Just what is this 3D conversion lens that we’re talking about? It is a specially designed lens which will record both right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously through its two lenses, which ends up as a video which can be viewed in 3D assuming you have the right equipment to do so. Both right and left images (each with 960 x 1080 pixels) which enter through the lenses are recorded using the side-by-side method. Not only that, the Panasonic SDT750 will come with a Time Lapse Recording feature that plays a scene such as a sunset or a blooming flower at an accelerated speed, which is also rather similar to a fast-forward. When you set the recording interval to 1 second, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute or 2 minutes, you are able to view an otherwise long recording in a reduced time period. Imagine watching a 10-minute sunset scene in approximately 10 seconds – perfect for budding video enthusiasts who want to try their hand at being more creative. Not only that, this interval recording feature also works with the 3D conversion lens attached.

Apart from that, you also get a 5.1-channel audio recording sound system thanks to five microphones, letting the final video record voices from the front, right, left and back which will then be playable over a 5.1-channel home cinema system. With its Focus Microphone function, it is now possible to pick up the sounds from sources in the area in front of the camcorder, without paying attention to whether the lens is focusing on a near or distant object. Expect to bring home the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 from October onwards at a rather affordable $1,399.95 a pop, considering it is breaking new ground here.

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