September 11, 2011

IBC: Panasonic to ship new 3D camera in December

AMSTERDAM — Panasonic ( plans to ship its new 3D twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder in December for a list price of $34,950. The AG-3DP1 offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording, and was initially introduced back at NAB in April.

The camcorder incorporates two pairs of 1/3 type full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS imagers with enhanced sensitivity and a 20-bit digital signal processor, allowing it to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. The camera’s twin-lens optical system allows the convergence point to be adjusted, and functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement are also provided. 


The 3DP1 records in AVC-Intra 100/50 and is 50Hz/60Hz switchable. In AVC-Intra 100/50, it records in 1080 at 59.94i, 29.97pN, 23.98pN, 50i and 25pN and in 720p at 59.94p and 50p, 29.97pN, 23.98pN, 25pN. Variable frame rate functions allow for recording fast and slow motion effects. In 720p mode, a user can choose from 20 variable frame steps between 12 and 60 frames per second. 

The unit’s 3.2-inch LCD screen provides the option to switch from Left, Right or overlay image display allowing users to review depth information without the need for external tools. Its P2-based HD recording media allows for instant recording startup and clip thumbnail view.