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The Panasonic HDC-Z10000 Twin-Lens 2D/3D Camcorder has dual lenses and twin Full HD 3MOS imagers, and as such it joins a burgeoning class of affordable, single-body 3D-capable handheld camcorders. But it introduces to this category those three-chip imagers and also true convergence adjustment, which alters the angular orientation of the two 10x zoom lenses. This control facilitates fine control over the location of the "image plane" – the plane from which objects seem to either jump or recede as you're watching them on the big screen, or on the Z10000 camcorder's glasses-free 3.2" LCD monitor.
Convergence can be set to adjust automatically, or you can turn a manual dial to make the lenses' sights diverge or move toward parallel. The lenses shoot fairly wide at a 35mm equivalent of 32mm when in 3D mode, which gives more options for placing foreground/background elements in a 3D scene or for shooting indoors. For close-ups, the minimum object distance is also quite impressive for a 3D camera at about 18" in 3D.
The camcorder also puts manual control over focus, zoom, and iris at the operator's fingertips in the form of three rings at the base of the dual lenses. Alternatively, you can operate the camera under iA ("intelligent auto") mode and let the Z10000 choose the optimal shooting mode, turning on face detection, contrast control, and optical image stabilization as needed.
The HDC-Z10000 records to two SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots either sequentially or simultaneously. In 2D mode, the camera captures several flavors of high-definition AVCHD format video, including AVCHD Progressive at 1080p60. Three-dimensional video is recorded as AVCHD 3D, which uses MVC (multiview video coding) compression. (This format has already started to find compatibility with popular nonlinear editing software programs.) With dual XLRs inputs and a five-element built-in microphone, the Z10000 facilitates high-quality capture of two-channel audio or 5.1 surround sound.
Professional-Quality Full HD 2D and Full HD 3D Images
The Double 3MOS System reflects the sum of a number of unique technologies
that Panasonic has accumulated. This advanced imaging system combines two
large-diameter f/1.5 lenses featuring a special Nano Surface Coating technology, with
two independent, high-sensitivity 3MOS sensors (left and right) for superb color and detail
reproduction, and the newly developed Crystal Engine Pro II for high-speed processing.
The result: an entirely new dimension in lifelike imaging
High-Sensitivity 3MOS Sensor
The HDC-Z10000 employs two independent, high-sensitivity 3MOS sensors, left and right, each with a three-sensor configuration. This provides a resolution of 6.57 million effective motion image pixels (2.19 million x 3). With their excellent color reproduction and strong low-light shooting capability, these 3MOS sensors maximize the quality of Full HD 3D and Full HD progressive images
Each sensor offers 6.21 megapixels (effective) when shooting in 3D
Crystal Engine Pro II Chip for Enhanced Resolution and Noise Reduction
The ultra-high-speed Crystal Engine Pro II processes the 4K2K-equivalent pixels that are obtained, and with pixel shift technology, superb Full-HD image quality is achieved even in detailed images. The improved processing capability also provides dramatic noise-reduction effects, to achieve clear, high-quality 2D and 3D images
Bright, High-Performance f/1.5 Lens with Nano Surface Coating
New large-diameter f/1.5 lenses are mounted independently, left and right. A Nano Surface Coating is applied to the front lens surface. These advanced lens systems suppress ghosts and flaring when shooting moving pictures, and let you record bright images with very little noise even in dark places.
The Nano Surface Coating boasts an extremely low reflectance ratio compared with the conventional multi coating, to minimize ghosts. By forming a nano-level, microstructure film with an ultra-low refractive index on the lens surface, the reflection of incident light is greatly reduced over the entire visual light range. This Panasonic black-box technology boosts the optical performance of the HDC-Z10000 to deliver images with stunning clarity
AVCHD Progressive-Compliant 1080p60 Recording
1080p60 recording (1920 x 1080, 60 progressive frames per second) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Fast-moving subjects, such as in sports scenes, are recorded smoothly. The progressive recording of the HDC-Z10000 fully complies with the new AVCHD Progressive standard
Dual XLR Terminals
In addition to the electret condenser microphones that are built into the HDC-Z10000, XLR audio input terminals allow 2-channel input with 48V phantom power supply for external microphones. This facilitates the use of the many high-performance microphones with XLR terminal connections that are available for professional equipment
Linear PCM Recording
The HDC-Z10000 features 48 kHz/16-bit linear PCM recording (2 channels only) and captures original sounds faithfully and accurately. This meets the demand for high sound quality, for example, when recording live music performances and the sounds of nature
5.1-Channel Surround Sound System
The HDC-Z10000 is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more three-dimensional effect. You get a realistic sound space that's a perfect match with the true-to-life HD images
Manual Rings for Focus, Zoom & Iris
Three independent manual rings allow detailed adjustment of the focus, zoom, and iris. You can fine-tune each of these adjustments while viewing the results in the LCD or EVF, so you get the exact images you want quickly and easily
True 3D Convergence Control
The convergence angle between the two lenses is variable inside the optical unit. This moves the convergence point (the reference plane of the 3D image) in a fore-and-aft direction to control the leaping and depth effects of recorded objects, allowing the camcorder to acquire natural-looking 3D images. The convergence point can be set to adjust automatically, or it can be manually adjusted with the convergence dial while viewing the LCD image, which can display the numerical setting of the convergence
Glasses-Free 3D from the 3.5" LCD
The 1,152,000-dot, 3.5" naked-eye 3D LCD lets you check your 3D images without any special eyewear. By using a parallax barrier to control the direction of the light, the LCD enables two images captured from slightly different perspectives to be viewed exclusively by the right and by the left eye. You can check 3D images while shooting, without having to connect a monitor. Naturally, the display can also be switched between 2D and 3D, and it also enables intuitive fingertip-touch operation
The bright 0.45" Live View Finder (LVF) features high-speed response and a superb 1,227,000-dot resolution. The LVF makes it easier to optimize the focus, a crucial consideration for 3D recording. It's also supremely useful in situations that require there to be none of the excess light that LCD screens emit
Independent Control Buttons/Function Memory
Functions that are frequently used for recording, such as O.I.S. ON/OFF, Color Bar ON/OFF, Zebra Pattern Display, 3D Guide Display, Auto/Manual Iris, Auto/Manual Auto Focus, and Auto/Manual White Balance are arranged on the side of the body as separate buttons to enable quick, intuitive operation. In addition, for easy access the most frequently used functions can be allocated to three user buttons on the main unit and four user buttons on the LCD. Any of 20 different functions can be assigned to these buttons
Dual SD Card Slot
The dual SD Memory Card slot offers the option of extended recording or backup recording. When two SD Memory Cards are inserted and the first card reaches full capacity, the system automatically and seamlessly switches to the second card. This allows extended recording without having to worry about interruptions due to a lack of card capacity. Alternatively, during backup recording, the same data is recorded onto both cards for immediate duplicating or archiving purposes in the case of a faulty SD card
Bundled HD Writer XE 1.0 Software
The HDC-Z10000 is bundled with HD Writer XE 1.0 software, which lets you easily cut out MVC format Full HD 3D or 1080p60 2D Full HD images and save them onto a PC. It is also possible to write the images onto a Blu-ray Disc or SD card
In order to play images recorded onto a Blu-ray Disc, a device that is compatible with the AVCHD 3D/Progressive standards is required
One-Touch Still Image Recording
You can record 2D/3D still images (MPO-compliant) at any time, simply by pressing the shutter button. It is also possible to cut out images in all modes while shooting or playing videos. 3D and 2D still images are recorded simultaneously with 2.1 Mp resolution
You can select 2D or 3D recording modes to match the shooting situation. You can shoot AVCHD 3D at either 1080i60, 1080p30, or 1080p24. AVCHD Progressive (1080p60) is a high-quality choice for 2D video, and in 2D you can also shoot 1080p30 or 1080p24 – or 1080i60 at three different quality levels, which can be employed to conserve recording space
Sophisticated Image Tuning
Advanced image tuning functions, such as gamma mode, knee point, detail, detail coring, chroma levels, chroma phase, and master pedestal, can be applied to match the shooting situation. These functions provide excellent expressive control
Custom Scene Function
Up to six sets of camera setting data can be stored within the camera, enabling you to instantly configure settings based on the shooting conditions. For example, if you store regular HD recording settings, cinema-like recording settings, subject recording settings, and landscape recording settings as your customized settings, they can be instantly switched into action with a single touch when the shooting situation changes
Compact, Lightweight Body
The HDC-Z10000 delivers a high level of image quality in a tight package. It is very easy to carry around and offers superb mobility in cramped indoor locations
The new five-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ corrects the kind of roll-direction hand shake that often occurs when shooting while zooming or walking, in addition to horizontal, vertical, yawing, and pitching (four-axis) correction. This optical image stabilization system puts into effect at the wide end the kinds of hybrid corrections that previously worked only for telephoto shooting. This enables the Z10000 to record steady images over the entire zoom range
HYBRID O.I.S. is for 2D shooting only. POWER O.I.S. stabilizes 3D shooting
iA (Intelligent Auto)
The iA function lets the HDC-Z10000 choose the optimal shooting mode automatically with the press of a button. The Intelligent Scene Selector, HYBRID O.I.S.+ (POWER O.I.S. for 3D shooting), Face Detection, and Intelligent Contrast Control automatically operate as needed, so you get high-quality images while the HDC-Z10000 does all the work
Wide-Angle Shooting with 10x Optical Zoom
A wide range of shooting situations are covered by this versatile lens, from 32mm wide-angle shooting (29.8mm for 2D shooting) to 10x optical zooming (12x for 2D shooting, 23x for shooting with Intelligent Zoom). This greatly extends the range of uses, from shooting in tight places to situations where you and the subject are far apart
These focal lengths are 35mm camera equivalents
With Quick Power-On, just switch the power on and the HDC-Z10000 is in standby mode in about 2.0 seconds, ready to shoot when you are. When the LCD is closed, the power automatically switches off. Using Quick Start mode, you simply flip open the LCD and you're ready to shoot in only 0.6 seconds
Depending on the recording conditions, start time may be longer
One-Touch 2D/3D Still Picture Recording
Simply press the shutter button to record a 2D or 3D (MPO-compliant) still image at any time. It is also possible to cut out images in all modes while shooting or playing videos. 3D and 2D still images are recorded simultaneously at 2.1-megapixel resolution
3-megapixel resolution for 2D, 2.1-megapixel resolution for 3D
HDMI Output 1x Type A Outputs 1080p, 1080i, 480p & 576p video and Dolby Digital & Linear PCM audio
Headphone Output 1x stereo mini jack (3.5mm diameter)
USB 2.0 1x USB Mini
AV Multi Output Proprietary connector to component/composite/stereo audio (6x) RCAs
7.2V (battery) / 12V (AC adaptor)
Maximum 16.7W (recording)
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
10-80% (no condensation)
Approx. 5.7 x 7.7 x 13.8" (14.5 x 19.5 x 35.0 cm)
Approx. 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
For HD Writer XE 1.0 software (Windows-only):
OS Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit):
Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate
Windows Vista (32-bit): Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate SP1/SP2
Windows XP (32-bit): SP3
CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or higher
When using playback function and MPEG-2 conversion function, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz or higher
Operation on an upgraded OS is not guaranteed. When 2 or more USB devices are connected to a PC, or when devices are connected though USB hubs or by using extension cables, proper operation is not guaranteed. Operation on an OS other than the one pre-installed is not guaranteed. Not compatible with multi-boot environments or multi-monitor environments. Not guaranteed on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise, or Windows 7 Enterprise. Available with administrator account in Windows XP; available with administrator account or standard account in Windows Vista/Windows 7 (installation and uninstallation require an administrator account).