Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

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/ Updated: 8 November 2011, 1:09 pm AEDT

In brief

3D, wherefore art thou? According to the manufacturers, 2011 was supposed to be the year that 3D permeated our living rooms, with TVs, camcorders and even mobile phones getting in on the third dimension. So far, this prophecy has failed to come true, and we're sure that Aussies aren't the only ones who have seen 3D cameras relegated to the bargain basement bins of history.

Still, there's plenty of time to be proven wrong, as Panasonic launches its first 3D compact camera that was announced earlier this year at IFA in Berlin. It has two lenses, much like the other compact that you may be familiar with from Fujifilm , and two 12-megapixel MOS sensors behind each lens. 3D images are taken at 8-megapixel resolution, and 3D movies are recorded at 1080i. 2D images can be captured in 12 megapixels.

There's a 3.5-inch touchscreen at the back, which looks appealing, except that from the spec sheet it doesn't look like it's lenticular. This means that you won't be able to review 3D images after they are taken on the screen; instead, you will need to transfer them to a computer with the appropriate software, or view them on a compatible 3D TV.

No pricing has been announced, although, if the US retail price is to be believed, we're in for an expensive treat come early 2012 when it is released locally — US$500.

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