The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D Camcorder will be in shops before Christmas. The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 will go on sale in Europe in October 2010. Panasonic bosses made the announcement in a 3D-centric press conference at IFA, the technology trade show kicking off today in Berlin.
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 HD camcorder uses a detachable dual-lens setup to capture 3D video footage. Viewed on a compatible 3D HDTV with compatible active-shutter 3D glasses, videos and 14-megapixel stills shot with the camcorder will show a three-dimensional effect. Without the 3D conversion lens, it uses its F1.5, 12X optical zoom Leica lens to capture 1920-by-1080-pixel full HD video at 60 progressive frames per second.
The camcorder packs 3 CMOS sensors and image stabilization. It records MP4 or H.264 video on SD, SDHC and super-high capacity SDXC cards.
Recorded in optimally lighted environments, we saw a little girl blow bubbles right in our faces, a Karate master wield an intimidating broom, and an up close and personal view of a pretzel vendor in action. Since the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is based off of the widely popular HDC-HS700, we already know that the 2D quality will be exceptional. But the 3D demonstration reassured us that quality is still retained with the addition of another dimension.
Remove the lens and it looks like a normal camcorder, and it is in fact based around Panasonic’s range-topping 700 series, with a manual focus ring for 2D mode. There’s been talk online as to whether existing Panasonic camcorders will be able to ‘become’ 3D simply by adding the 3D lens and upgrading the firmware. We spoke to Panasonic’s representative who confirmed it isn’t possible because the HDC-SDT750 has a new image processor. This is also designed to bring enhanced 2D low-light performance, making – according to Panasonic – it’s best 2D camcorder too.