Panasonic Announces 3D Camcorders

Panasonic Corp announced consumer camcorders capable of shooting 3D movies July 28, 2010.

The camcorders, "HDC-TM750" and "HDC-TM650," can shoot 3D movies when they are equipped with the VW-CLT1, a separately sold conversion lens unit. Though there are no manufacturer’s suggested retail prices, the expected retail prices of the HDC-TM750, HDC-TM650 and VW-CLT1 are ¥160,000 (approx US$1,847), ¥130,000 and ¥38,000, respectively. They will be released late in August 2010.

Panasonic employed the "side-by-side" method for shooting 3D movies. The camcorders shoot movies for the right and left eyes by using the two lenses of the VW-CLT1. Then, they combine two frames of images (one for the right eye and the other for the left eye) in the horizontal direction and record them as one image.

Therefore, the resolution of a 3D movie that can be recorded and played is less than 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (about 2.07 Mpixels). When a recorded movie is viewed on a 3D TV, images for the right and left eyes are alternately displayed.

3D movies taken by the new camcorders can also be viewed by using other companies’ 3D TVs and recorders that support the side-by-side method. The recording method is compatible with the AVCHD format.

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3-D TV – Japan’s Panasonic and Best-Buy Bundle Up

Panasonic Corp. on Wednesday revealed the price for its first 3-D TV set, confirming that $3,000 is about what it takes to be among the first to watch 3-D movies in the home.

The Japanese company put its first 3-D sets on sale at an event in New York on Wednesday. Panasonic’s suggested retail price is $2,900 for a 50-inch plasma set, one pair of glasses and a 3-D Blu-ray player. An extra pair of glasses costs $150.

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