Camcorder Shoots 3D Video for 3D TVs


Amidst a new wave of releases of 3D technologies, Panasonic has just announced the HDC-SDT750, the world's first AVCHD 3D camcorder to include a 3D-conversion lens. The camcorder allows you to you capture 3D video that will play back on any 3D TV set.


Known as visual disparity, each of your two eyes sees a slightly different image when you look at something. The brain then uses this visual disparity to perceive spatial depth. The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 uses a detachable 3D-conversion lens, which contains two lenses, to record left- and right-eye images simultaneously. Each image has a resolution of 960 x 1080 pixels. The recorded 3D video can then be played back, via an HDMI connection, on any 3D-capable television. Of course, you need compatible 3D glasses to see the 3D images.


Even without the 3D conversion lens attached, the HDC-SDT750 is a sophisticated 1,080/60p AVCHD camcorder built around a high-sensitivity 3MOS image sensor with an effective 7.59-megapixel resolution (2.53 megapixels x3). The image sensor separates light into the primary colors (red, green and blue) and processes each color separately. The fully automatic camcorder also allows manual adjustments for focus, zoom, iris, shutter speed and white balance.


A 12x optical zoom Leica Dicomar lens (3.45-41.4mm, f1.5-f2.8) captures crisp, bright images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. The wide-angle lens can fit the subject and its surroundings into the frame when shooting at close quarters. An 18x Intelligent Zoom function lets you capture sharp images even when shooting at high zoom rates.


When shooting HD video without the 3D lens attached, an Intelligent Auto function can be set to select the best of six shooting modes automatically: Face Recognition, AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection, Intelligent Contrast Control and Hybrid O.I.S. Hybrid O.I.S. is a new feature that provides accurate hand-shake correction with four-axis blur detection.


A Time Lapse Recording feature lets you record something that moves very slowly, such as a sunset or a flower blooming, and play it back at an accelerated speed. As an example, a 10-minute scene recorded at one-second intervals can be played back in approximately 10 seconds. You can set the recording interval to one second, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute or two minutes, depending on how fast (or slowly) your subject will move. Interval recording can be done with or without the 3D-conversion lens attached.


The HDC-SDT750 features a three-inch LCD touch screen that lets you control most functions without taking your eyes off the subject. Note that the LCD is not capable of displaying 3D images; instead displaying them in 2D. The LCD can automatically adjust its brightness according to ambient lighting conditions.


No shortcuts have been taken with the HDC-SDT750 when it comes to recording audio. A 5.1-channel sound system uses five microphones to record audio that will play back properly on a 5.1-channel home cinema system.


In addition to video, the HDC-SDT750 can also capture still images up to 14.2-megapixel resolution and in 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9 formats. Stills can be captured in 2D or 3D. All content is recorded onto SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.


The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 isn’t shipping until October. But if you click the little “Notify When In Stock” button on the product page, B&H will let you know when you can order one.