Sony unleashes Full HD 3D camcorder
While the Sony Bloggie 3D (MHS-FS3) is aimed at the pocket camcorder family man, Sony has also addressed those looking for something a bit more professional and we’ve dived in to get a feel for what you can expect.
The HDR-TD10E claims to be the world’s first “Double Full HD” 3D consumer camcorder.
The camcorder employs an integrated dual lens system, which includes two of each key component - double Sony G Lenses, double “Exmor R” CMOS sensors, and double “BIONZ” image processors.
The dual recording system allows for 3D content to be played back in Full HD 2D automatically on non-3D displays, while 3D footage can be played back without glasses on the camcorder’s crisp Xtra Fine 3.5-inch 3D LCD touchscreen display.
You can also play Full HD 3D videos on any 3D capable HDTV.
In addition to other innovative features, 10x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot (Active Mode) and iAUTO are offered in 3D mode. Providing 64GB of flash memory, the HDR-TD10E will be available in April 2011 and cost you a pretty $1500.
In the hand the TD10 is a bit of a monster, the two lenses peering at you like it's the bastard love child of Johnny 5 and Wallee. It's certainly much wider than a regular camcorder to give space for both the imaging pathways, but it's difficult to assess exactly how much of an issue that would be as the sample we saw was tethered to the Sony bench.
The screen allows for glasses-free viewing of your 3D movies, but as is the case with other 3D displays we've seen, you'll need to get the angle right and be in the sweet spot or you lose the clarity.
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