Of all Panasonic's 3D goodies today, the gadget we were most interested in was the HDC-TC750 camcorder with its optional VW-CLT1 3D lens. We grabbed some time with the camcorder after the company's keynote, to see whether the first 3D HD consumer model really lived up to its top billing.
Panasonic's IFA 2010 press conference has just finished here in Berlin, and while we knew that the company would be concentrating heavily on 3D it was still surprising that they spent the whole time talking about their 3D home entertainment strategy. Top billing went to the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 HD camcorder complete with the WV-CLT1 3D adapter lens, but there are also two new Viera 3D plasma HDTV ranges, plus news regarding the company's 3D content plans including games and video-on-demand.
As far as cameras and camcorders go, there seems to be a hard push for the consumer market. Of course, consumers buy things, so if you can shove all your HD recording into a small package, why not market it to the mainstream market, right? Canon doesn't want to forget about the "prosumer," let alone the professional market, and that's exactly why they've brought the XF100 and XF105 into the limelight for a few minutes here. All of the great tech found in a big, shoulder camera, but without all of that big, shoulder mounted necessity.
Fortunately for cameras and camcorders out there, the price tag doesn't necessarily mean you're getting terrible features, if you're not finding yourself paying a month's paycheck in one sitting. For example, while it may not be the most attractive, or have plenty of features that may shove it to the top of the hill, but it's not terrible, either. Plus, it's got a swiveling lens -- how cool is that, right?
Ordro isn't a well-known brand for camcorders around these parts, but the company's new HDV-D350S is looking to grab some headlines by virtue of its integrated pico-projector. The D350S records up to 60fps 1440 x 1080 video or 12-megapixel stills, but also has a removable pico-projector attachment that slots onto a mount on the top of the camera; that can project up to a 60-inch WVGA picture.
We're big fans of Sanyo's Xacti HD camcorder range, and we love bathtime, so the new waterproof Xacti VPC-CA102YL is destined to be a hit here at SlashGear. Capable of recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video, the CA102 can store over 480 minutes of footage in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format onto a 64GB SDXC memory card; alternatively it can take 14.4-megapixel photos.
Panasonic has made good on its promise to unveil a consumer-level 3D camcorder - though we did catch a glimpse of it on Monday - and the HDC-SDT750 certainly looks interesting. In effect a regular Full HD camcorder with a new, image-splitting lens attachment, the SDT750 can shoot 960 x 1080 resolution 3D footage, or - with the lens taken off - 1080/60p HD 2D footage.