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Panasonic Launches Dual Lens Lumix DMC-3D1

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Not content with launching its latest compact system camera, the Lumix GX1, Panasonic has also outted a compact 3D camera, the Lumix DMC-3D1.

Technology companies seem to think that 3D is the way of the future whether the general public want it or not. And so Panazonic’s latest compact camera has 3D image and video capture as its standout feature.

For your money, you’ll get a pair of 25mm ultra wide-angle lenses with 4x optical zoom, sending images to dual 12.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensors. The 3D1 is the world’s smallest dual lens 3D photo and 3D video camera.

In 3D mode, the 3D1 will be able to capture 8 megapixel stills and 1920x1080 3D HD video using side-by-side method. In 2D you’ll be able to capture high definition stills and video at the same time, with up to 12 megapixel stills and 1920x1080i full HD video.

The 3D1 may be able to capture high definition stills and video simultaneously but of even more interest to us is the ability of the lenses to work independently. For example, users can record an entire party scene with one lens while zooming in on and capturing the photo of a specific person with another lens.

The DMC-3D1 will have a burst shooting modes up to 8fps at full resolution, a 3.5in touchscreen and “dramatically clear” low-light images.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 will be available in December and while a UK price has yet to be confirmed, it will go on sale in the US for $499.99.

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