3D Gets Focus In Camcorders, High-End Projectors

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NEW YORK — The 3D TV phenomenon is getting attention from hardware makers across the board, if the two product introductions last week from DXG and Runco are any indication.

Both companies put 3D front and center, with DXG introducing a 3D pocket camcorder/media player bundle and Runco adding two projectors to its high-end Signature Series, both of which will be 3D compatible.

DXG has introduced a 3D pocket camcorder and 3D 7-inch media player bundle.

The bundle, which DXG said allows for “easy filming and playback of 3D video and pictures with no glasses required,” is available now for pre-sale at


for $599. Shipments are set for Aug. 6.

The DXG-5D7V 3D pocket camcorder comes in a compact pistol-grip design and flexible playback options, the company said. Users can view, record and play back 3D video or photos directly on the 3.2- inch LCD camcorder display, on the included 3D 7-inch media player, or directly on a 3D TV. Supporting up to 16GB high-capacity SD cards, it can record in 3D and take 3D 5-megapixel still images, as well as capture 2D video and pictures, the company said.

Other features include 128MB built-in memory, a 3.2-inch LCD display, VGA standard 3D dual-lens technology and H.264 AVI file format, 5-megapixel resolution and JPEG format for still pictures, 3D-video-conversion software, HDMI interface and cable, and USB A/V cable for connecting to the TV or computer.

The DXG 3D media player features a 7-inch LCD display, and glasses are not required to see video and photos recorded in 3D, the company said.

The touchscreen keys and remote control of the media player not only allow users to view 3D and 2D videos and photos, but also let users control the built-in MP3 music player, alarm clock and calendar.

On the other end of the CE spectrum is Runco’s SC-50d and SC-60d which are part of its Signature Cinema highend luxury projection line and are highlighted as being 3D-ready.

Runco’s SC-50d and SC-60d are 3Dready and will support multiple formats, including Active3D using active-shutter glasses or passive-glassed-based solutions, the company said.

In coming months, additional 3D capability will be available from Runco that will be completely compatible with implementations of the SC-50d and SC- 60d, the company said.

Both projectors can reproduce Hollywood’s 2.35:1 CinemaScope standard and are available with Runco’s Cine- Wide with AutoScope technology. The SC-50d and SC-60d feature a 1080p HD native resolution 3-chip system and 16:9 native aspect ratio to match all digital programming including switching aspect ratios for both 2D and 3D content for all media, including broadcast, film, sports and gaming, Runco said.

Not for the mass market, Runco’s Signature Cinema SC-50d and SC-60d will be available in fall with a suggested retail of $88,995 and $98,995, respectively. Optional lens, CineWide, CineWide with AutoScope, and 3D accessories are additional costs.


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