3D video cameras mean you can create your own cinema style blockbuster at home, but finding the right camera for your needs can be difficult. Follow these tips to buying the right 3D camera for you.
3D is the future, and technology whizz kids around the world have brought the 3D experience not just to our homes, but into our hands, so we can create something magical and out of this world – or into this world depending on how you look at it.
Knowing what to look for when buying a 3D camera can be confusing as they are new to the consumer market and there are a limited number available to purchase.
Follow these points to help you know what to look for when buying a 3D video camera.
How does 3D work?
Viewing a film or picture in 3D is an illusion on the brain, as the device takes two separate images and merges them to make your brain believe it is viewing three dimensions.
New 3D camcorders automatically recalibrate without external equipment so you can immediately capture 3D images. Some devices are so small they can fit into the palm of your hand. The cameras use a special 3D conversion lens to record in 3D.
The visual disparity naturally produced by the slightly different images the right and left eye produce is artificially produced for 3D images, so the brain interprets depth in the picture.
3D cameras will use these different lenses to record right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously, so consumers can record what they want and view it back in 3D in their own living room on their home entertainment systems.
Buying a 3D Video Camera
A 3D video camera lets you record in 3D. The main capabilities you should expect on the camera are sensors, and either standard or High Definition (HD) resolution – the latter would give you better quality, and a high frame rate of at least 15 frames per second.
The typical capabilities you would expect in a standard video camera are also what you will be looking for in a 3D video camera.
To capture in 3D however you should be looking at a camera with a good resolution and ample optical zoom so you can take close ups even when it is hard to get close to the target. 3D video cameras specifically need good sensors and lenses to detect the picture and film in 3D, some models use up to five lenses, while 5.1 channel recording is preferred for sound.
Panasonic 3D Camcorder HDC-SDT750
The Panasonic 3D Camcorder HDC-SDT750 is the first consumer 3D camcorder to emerge on the market.
This camcorder shoots 1080p high definition 2D video, as well as 3D video with its converter lens so users can do both and are not just limited to 3D.
The two separate videos captured by the lens uses a resolution of 960×1080 for the 3D effect.
Other features include the 3MOS System with improved Noise Reduction (NR) capabilities, so the camera can record in dimly lit sets with better quality results.
The optical image stabiliser system helps the camera record clear HD images whatever the environment, and the Intelligent Auto (iA) function is also included.
Sony 3D Camcorders
The 3D Handycam camcorder HDR-TD10 from Sony is the world’s first 3D camcorder to record in double full HD.The dual lens includes double Exmor R CMOS sensors, and double BIONZ image processors, so 3D content can be played in HD 2D on non-3D displays, while 3D footage can be viewed on any 3D capable HDTV with glasses.
The camcorder itself has a 3.5 inch touch screen LCD which can play the 3D footage without the need for glasses to experience the effect.
3D Pocket Video Cameras
Sony has also created the world’s first HD 3D pocket camera, named Bloggie 3D (MHS-FS3).
This camera can capture HD 3D video and also HD 2D video or 5.1 megapixel photos. It uses two lenses to capture the 3D effect but comes in a portable and more affordable device.
This camera is a good choice if you want to try your hand at recording in 3D as its price means you can have a play around, and you are probably more likely to use it more often due to its portable size.
The main consideration when buying a 3D camcorder is to consider if you intend shooting a lot of video in 3D, or if it is just another feature you are looking for in a video camera.
You should also consider whether you have a television or computer that will let you view the videos in 3D, otherwise you will only be able to view your handy work in 3D on the actual device.
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