3D video is the new technology buzzword for 2010. Having released 3D TVs and 3D blu-ray players, Panasonic is first with a consumer 3D camcorder – the Panasonic HDC-SDT750. It has a 3D conversion lens that enables the camcorder to shoot 3D video content. In addition to shooting 3D, the HDC-SDT750 can record in full 1080p hi-def when the 3D conversion lens is unattached.
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Design & Features
The HDC-SDT750 is an extension of the Panasonic 700 series line of camcorders with almost the same basic features. It has a detachable 3D conversion lens that protrudes about 3.8″ on the front. The awkward looking lens takes some getting used to. The specially-designed 3D conversion lens records right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously through its two lenses, thus resulting in video that can be viewed in 3D. The right and left images are recorded at a resolution of 960 x 1080 pixels which should look fine on standard 3D TVs.
Even without the 3D conversion lens attached, the HDC-SDT750K functions as a high-performance full HD camcorder. The lens system is derived from the top of the range HDC-HS700K. It features the advanced 3MOS system, a high quality Leica Dicomar lens and a 12x optical zoom. The high-sensitivity 3MOS System provides an effective motion image pixel count of 7.59 Megapixels (2,530,000 pixels x 3), with further-evolved NR (noise-reduction) technology achieving bright images with minimal noise when shooting under low light conditions.
The useful manual control ring first seen in the 700 series is also included in this model. The manual ring provides convenient, fingertip control of the focus, zoom, exposure, shutter speed and white balance settings.
The HDC-SDT750 records at 1080/60p full hi-definition video resolution which produces sharp images and deep colors in stunning detail. It also has a Time Lapse Recording feature, which plays a scene such as a sunset or a blooming flower at an accelerated speed, making the slow change in the scene appear as if it were taking place in a very short time. You can thus view a long recording in a reduced time period. This is done by setting the recording interval to 1 second, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute or 2 minutes.
“The camera is very lightweight and fits in your hand easily. The 3D lens does make it a little longer than you might be used to but it doesn’t cause any issues for shooting. Overall I give the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 a solid 8 out of 10. You can’t get the negative parallax needed to have the images jump off the screen due to the fixed lens but the 12.4mm stereo base gives you a very pleasant easy on the eyes 3D video. The image is recorded and played back in the 3D standard side by side. You do lose some resolution in order to record side by side 3D since the image is split in half by the 3D lens converter. What essentially happens is that you are recording two images on one 1920×1080 image.
The camera uses SD, SDHC or the new SDXC cards which has a storage capacity of up to 2TB. The images are recorded in AVCHD which is an MPEG 4 AVC/H.264 format. The H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video offers excellent compression with crystal clear playback quality.
My recommendation, at the suggested list price of $1399.95 this is a real value for the money. You not only get a great 3D camera but a fantastic 2D consumer camera.” – 3Dguy (USA)
To accompany the detailed video output, the SDT750 comes with a 5.1-channel audio recording that uses five highly-directional microphones. The Focus Microphone function picks up the sounds from subjects in the area in front of the camcorder, regardless of whether the lens is focusing on a near or distant object. It also allows footage recorded in 3D to be enjoyed with lifelike and dynamic sounds.
Like the top of the line 700 series camcorders, the SDT750 also comes with the Intelligent Auto (iA) function. It is great feature that makes it extremely easy to use. When the 3D lens is not attached and iA is engaged, the SDT750 automatically selects the most suitable shooting mode with the press of a button. While shooting HD video, the iA function offers the following six functions: Face Recognition, the new HYBRID O.I.S., AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control. HYBRID O.I.S. is a new feature that provides extremely accurate hand-shake correction with its four-axis blur detection resulting in steady images while zooming or shooting on the move.
Panasonic has not forgotten that you need to show off your video recordings. Panasonic has included the HD Writer AE 2.6T editing software, which allows you to easily edit recorded 3D images, and save them onto PCs or Blu-ray/DVD discs. HD Writer AE 2.6T features a “Smart Wizard” that starts as soon as the SDT750 is connected to the USB port of the computer, which gives simple on-screen guidance. The software also enables easy uploading and sharing online without the need for any cumbersome processes, so that even an inexperienced user can post video clips on the web. When uploading 3D images from a PC onto the web, they must first be converted into 2D images. This is a Windows only application. Mac OS X users will need to use iMovie’09 for editing.
- Auto Power LCD automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the shooting environment for comfortable use in a variety of different lighting situations.
- Large 3.0” touch-screen LCD allows icons to be easily operated by touching them with a fingertip. On the LCD, recorded 3D images are displayed only as the 2D images that were recorded with the left lens.
- Eco Mode automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes, reducing wasteful energy use and saving battery power.
- Pre-Rec allows for the camcorder to continuously record three seconds of content into internal memory. Then, when the record button is pressed, the three seconds immediately prior will have been recorded.
More user reviews:
• “I really LOVE this camera. Lay people will instantly want to make 3D films for low budget projects but find a lot of things that they cannot do…but I’m getting some great shots with it. My green screens are immaculate and the resolution is splendid….HOWEVER….my only problem I have is capturing MTS files without having to filter them through a dozen programs.
The camera is awesome….I’m hoping that Panasonic will develop a camera (or separate lens…hint, hint) for conventional 3D viewing without the need for a 3D television.” – R.Lewis (IN,USA)
• “This is a great start, into the consumer 3D world image. Panasonic has always tried to be ahead in the upcoming camcorder technology and this time they are putting their ingenuity to the test. Even though 3D movies had been around for many years, Panasonic is making it possible that this technology reaches to the general public, great news, for the few in love with 3D image! This is among the first generation of its kind, perhaps we should wait a bit longer, for future and improved 3D camcorder generations.
As everything in this world this Camcorder is NOT for everyone, some will love it and some will hate it, this is what I found out.
Who may be a good candidate for this Camcorder? Those who would like to upgrade their old equipment and have plenty of money to spare to amuse their friends and family with a 3D image.
This is what you will be needing before getting into this technology: You will need to have a HD 3D TV, 3D Glasses, HDMI 1.4 Version, a 3D Blu-ray player, A High End PC (i7 8GB RAM) capable of burning Blu-rays and lots of patience with the Editing Software, because the one included is the HD Writer AE 2.6T which is a very basic one, as they usually provide.” – MasterAudio (USA)
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