Panasonic Expands Non-TV 3D Lineup

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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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