The hardest part of being on the bleeding edge is wading through the garbage early adopter products. The 3D TV market has a few successes under its belt, but the severe lack of content is disheartening.
Enter the first wave of consumer 3D recording devices, to solve the content problem.
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is the only camcorder on the market as of February 15th, 2011 that supports 3D. I won’t bore you with the specifications (check Panasonic’s site for that), but the key element of this camera is the company’s VW-CLT1 3D lens adapter. This adapter, which comes with the camera, screws over the primary lens. The face of the adapter is two tiny lenses.. and I do mean tiny. Manual setup is required for proper convergence, but it’s fast and easy to do.
What do I like about the camera? It takes 3D video moderately well. That’s about it.
What do I not like? (mainly applies to 3D mode)
- No still photographs
- No zoom
- No manual focus
- No camera controls
- AVCHD video modes only
- No storage included
So, you are an aspiring 3D videographer or photographer, what are you to do? Is it worth buying one now to be first to support these contracts? The answer, sadly, is a resounding..
If you NEED 3D today, buy the Fuji Finepix Real3D W3 camera. It’s “only” a point and shoot, but you get still photos, zoom and manual camera control. Fuji released a firmware patch that will solve the W3’s achilles heel – short video times. At roughly 1/3 the price of the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, you get a much better camera. Don’t forget to use some of the money you just saved to buy an extra battery!