Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D camcorder hands-on photos

Panasonic is set to be the first to hit the streets with a consumer 3D camcorder, unveiling the Panasonic HDC-SDT750

Panasonic is set to be the first of the big names to hit the streets with a consumer 3D camcorder. We checked out the HDC-SDT750 in three glorious dimensions by standing next to it and looking at it with our eyes at the launch in Sweden.

The SDT750 is essentially a top of the range 2D camcorder with a 3D converter thrown in. It's a specs boost for the SDT700, with improvements including a 40 per cent reduction in noise and better image stabilisation. It sports a 35mm wide-angle lens and shoots 1,080-pixel high-definition video.

To film in three dimensions, you stick on the 3D converter lens. This has two lenses inside, shooting two sets of hi-def footage that are combined into 3D video by the camcorder's processing engine.

The 3D picture, recorded in AVCHD format, can then be played back on a 3D-capable telly or AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray player, via HDMI. So far, that includes TVs such as the thoroughly excellent Panasonic Viera VT20 and Panasonic Viera S20 .

You can burn 3D video to DVD or Blu-ray, given the right kit. 3D video requires class-6 and class-10 SDHC and SDXC cards, including Panny's own 48GB and 64GB SDXC cards.

Panasonic was the first to unveil a commercial 3D camera unit when it showed off the twin-lens professional-level AG-3DA1 at CES in January. It recently filmed the French Open tennis at Roland Garros and will be available this autumn, albeit with a whopping price tag.

For more adventures in the third dimension, check out our 3D TV round-up .

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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