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 1920×1080 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
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.