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Consumer 3D Camcorder Tops DXG Lineup

NEW YORK — Consumers wondering
what to watch on their new 3D TVs need
look no further than DXG USA, the value
camcorder manufacturer that unveiled
here last week an expanded line of digital
camcorders, highlighted by one of the industry’s
first consumer models capable of
capturing images in 3D.

The DXG 3DView pocket 3D camcorder,
model DXG-321, will present 3D
images on a special 7-inch LCD media
player screen that does not need glasses
to produce a 3D image as well as on
the new crop of 3D TVs in the market,
which will require glasses to watch the
images captured by the device in 3D.

A package bundle including the video
camera and multiplayer screen will have a
$600 suggested retail when it ships in the
June/July time frame.

The special LCD display is capable of
playing back 3D stereoscopic images recorded
by the DXG-321 without the need
for glasses to see the 3D effect. However,
images recorded by the camcorder will be
playable both on the screen and on most
3D TV displays available from many
manufacturers this year, using both active-
shutter glasses and polarized glasses.

DXG sales and marketing senior VP Paul Goldberg said the company plans to
market several versions of the 3D camcorders,
although the DXG-321 will be the first
to market. It will offer only standard-definition resolution pictures, but will capture
both video and stills in either 3D or 2D.

The camcorder itself uses a vertical pistol-
style design with a flip-out 3.2-inch
3D LCD viewscreen.

The bundled 3D media player will support
up to 800 by 400-pixel resolution
and produces 3D images using parallax
barrier auto-stereoscopic technology. An
HD version of the 3DView camcorder is
expected to follow by the end of the year,
the company said.

Model DXG-321 will be introduced to
the market through retail partners, including
Hammacher Schlemmer, in the
June/July time frame, Goldberg said.

The 3D camcorder, which uses builtin
side-by-side lenses to capture subjects
from two simultaneous perspectives, will
record in standard-defi nition VGA resolution
on SD memory cards in the AVI
movie file format. Still images are captured
in up to 5-megapixel resolution,
also in a choice of 3D or 2D.

To play back images on the included
LCD media player, the SD card must be
removed from the camcorder and inserted
into a slot on the display, the company
said. No HDMI 1.4 output is included
on the camcorder.

Playback on other 3D displays should
be accommodated over composite-video
cables, since the images are in standard-definition resolution, said Jeff Shu, DXG
engineering VP.

DXG is currently discussing distribution
arrangements with specialty photo
dealers, and was said to be working with
3D TV manufacturers, including Vizio,
in offering the camcorder in a bundle
with some 3D TV sets later this year.