If you've seen our review of the, you could be forgiven for thinking that filming your own 3D videos is only possible if you have a spare £1300 to burn. ViewSonic's 3DV5 sets out to prove quite the opposite. At £150, it's a highly affordable way to shoot both photos and videos in three glorious dimensions. But just how glorious are the results?
ViewSonic is probably not a name you'd instantly associate with video-camera equipment. PC monitors: yes. Projectors: maybe. But this is the first time we've seen anything resembling a camcorder from the company. The 3DV5 is in something of a field of its own, since it delivers something that is, at the moment, relatively unique -- 3D.
The closest point of reference, visually speaking, for ViewSonic's video camera is probably theand similar pocket camcorders, which usually employ an upright candybar style, offer simplistic operation and come at a budget price. The 3DV5 is sort of a cruder-looking version of Flip's products -- it even has a built-in USB terminal just like the Ultra.
But where most video devices have a single lens and a single image sensor, the 3DV5 has two of each and films everything twice. Combining both simultaneously recorded images into one provides a three-dimensional effect similar to that used in stereoscopic cinema. You can view your movies and photos in 3D as you film, too, via the 2.4-inch autosterescopic screen on the unit's rear.