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Panasonic Expands Non-TV 3D Lineup

8/02/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Panasonic,
illustrating the breadth
of its 3D expertise, added a 3D
camcorder and a 3D Blu-ray
deck last week.

The 3D camcorder, the HDCSDT750,
comes with a 3D-conversion
lens that needs to be attached
to shoot 3D video.

According to Panasonic, the
3D-conversion lens records
right-eye and lefteye
images simultaneously
through
its two lenses, thus
resulting in video
that can be viewed in
3D. The right and left images
(each with 960 by 1080 pixels)
that enter through the lenses
are recorded using the side-byside
method.

The HDC-3DT750 can
also record full 1080p HD in
AVCHD and boasts a 3MOS
system, a Leica Dicomar lens
and a 12x optical zoom.

Other features include a
Time Lapse Recording feature;
a 5.1-channel
audio-recording
sound system
that uses five microphones;
a manual ring that enables
fingertip control of the focus,
zoom, exposure, shutter speed
and white-balance settings; and
the company’s Intelligent Auto
function that’s designed to automatically
select the most
suitable shooting mode.

It also has a 3-inch touchscreen
LCD. Suggested retail
is $1,399. The HDC-SDT750
will be available in October.

The digital interchangeable twinlens
announced by Panasonic is engineered
to lets users shoot 3D with an
interchangeable-lens-system camera.
According to a company spokesperson,
a model number has not yet been determined,
but an announcement from
Panasonic indicated it would be part of
the Lumix G Micro System lineup.

The lens has two optical systems installed
within the diameter of the lens
mount, creating stereo images from the
left and right lenses that are then processed
with a 3D image processing system,
Panasonic said, adding that they
compact lens will “allow instant 3D
shooting, without distortion or time
lag between left and right images —
even when shooting moving objects.”

Pricing and availability weren’t given,
although the spokesperson said the
lens would be available this year.

Panasonic also expanded its FullHD
3D Blu-ray Disc player line, adding a
model that drops a few features in favor
of pricing.

The DMP-BDT100 will be available
this month, and although pricing wasn’t
given, a spokesman for Panasonic said
the BDT100 eliminates a few details in
favor of pricing when compared with
the other models in the line: DMPBDT300
and DMP-BDT350.

The BDT100 has one HDMI output,
whereas the BDT350 has two,
and it also does not have Digital Living
Network Alliance (DLNA). While it is
Wi-Fi-ready, the dongle is sold separately
unlike being included with the BDT350.

The BDT100 is able to produce Full-
HD 3D images to compatible HD
displays, and it’s also designed to upconvert
standard-definition to 1080p.

It also has Viera Cast Internet functionality
for streaming Netflix, Amazon
VOD, Twitter and YouTube videos;
wireless LAN capability; and integrated
SD and USB slots.

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