Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Panasonic HDC-Z10000 3D camcorder announced

Following on from the over $20,000 AG-3DA1 Integrated Twin-Lens 3D Camcorder [wow, now $15,999.95!] Panasonic has now announced the HDC-Z10000 which, if nothing else, looks a little more "professional" than the AG-3DA1, which had a very plastic-toy like appearance. No price for the HDC-Z10000 has been announced, but PCWorld's suggestion that it will be a higher-end rival to the Sony HDR-TD10 is a safe one. I suspect it will be closer to $10,000 than $1,500.

Notable features:
  • Fully compatible with the AVCHD 3D/Progressive standard. AVCHD 3D, which uses MVC (Multiview Video Coding) to record and playback 3D images via the Frame Sequential Method, and AVCHD Progressive for progressive formats.
  • Recording modes from AVCHD 3D (1080/60i, 1080/24p, and 1080/30p*2), AVCHD Progressive (1080/60p), and AVCHD (1080/24p, 1080/30p*2 and 1080/60i PH/HA/HE mode).
  • The closest 3D video macro setting for a twin-lens 3D camcorder at approximately 17.8 inches.
  • A 1,152,000-dot, 3.5-inch LCD that appears 3D to the naked eye – no 3D eyewear needed.
  • A Double 3MOS System featuring two high-sensitivity 3MOS sensors (with an effective pixel count of 6.57 megapixels each).
  • New F1.5 lenses with Nano Surface Coating, greatly reducing the light reflection and thus reducing ghosting in order to produce crisp, clear image rendering.
  • A 32mm wide-angle lens with a 10x optical zoom while shooting in 3D or 12x optical zoom while shooting in 2D.
  • Three independent rings for adjusting the zoom, focus, and iris control.
  • Built-in microphones for recording Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound/2-channel stereo.
  • Two XLR audio inputs with a 48-V phantom power supply for external microphone use.
A dedicated dial lets the user finely adjust 3D convergence (parallax). Frequently-needed features, such as O.I.S. ON/OFF, Color Bar ON/OFF, Zebra Pattern Display, 3D Guide Display, Auto/Manual Iris, Auto/Manual Auto Focus, and Auto/Manual White Balance are available on the side of the body as separate buttons for quick, intuitive access.

The Panasonic HDC-Z10000 will be available in black and the pricing and availability will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping.

DPReview: Panasonic creates HDC-Z10000 AVCHD 2.0 compatible 3D HD camcorder
PCWorld: Panasonic Makes Big 3D Push With High-End Z10000 Camcorder

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