Panasonic HDC-SDT750K

Panasonic HDC-SDT750K

Jul 28, 2010

Panasonic presented a first consumer targeted 3D video camcorder. It is small, it is light, it can record progressive video at 60 fps, and the price is not too bad. Let’s take a look.

Contrary to the previous professional 3D camcorder from Panasonic, this one is not true HD 3D. HDC-SDT750K (what a name!) uses a 3D conversion lens for acquiring a two separate image on the same sensor. Good thing about the lens is that interaxial distance gets pretty small. This means that you’ll be able to shoot nice 3D closeups of your dog. This also means that everything beyond 20 meters or so will not look 3D at all.

Using a conversion lens also means no problem with image synchronization. But since the image is recorded by the single sensor, this means halving of the resolution for 3D video. According to the spec, sensor allows you to shoot progressive full HD at 1080p. Fitting two images on the same sensor will give you 1080×960 pixels per eye. Which is not too bad.

About the sensor. Panasonic calls it 3MOS. It sounds very much like 3xCCD sensor with a prism directing red, green and blue light to separate CCD:s. This time it is CMOS, but still separate processing of different colors is a very good thing. Full resolution of the sensor is in fact over 14 megapixels. Unfortunately those extra megapixels will not be utilized for video mode, and will be used only for capturing still images. Which can also be captured in 2D or 3D.

Some extra details:

  • Optical image stabilization
  • AVCHD format for video
  • JPEG for still images
  • Leica Dicomar Lens
  • 3” wide LCD monitor (2D only)
  • Can take still images during video recording
  • Price is 1399$

Couple of videos:

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Official page and specs: http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Cameras-Camcorders/Camcorders/3D-Camcorders/model.HDC-SDT750K.S_11002_7000000000000005702#tabsection

News article on Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/27/panasonic-reveals-hdc-sdt750-3d-camcorder-is-super-proud-of-its/

News article on 3D Vision blog: http://3dvision-blog.com/panasonic-hdc-sdt750-3d-camcorder-using-3d-conversion-lens/

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