Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-3D1 digital 3D camera

Editor’s Note: The following article is excerpted from PC Advisor.

Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-3D1 digital camera, which features twin lenses offering the ability to capture high-resolution 3D images and video.

The two 25mm lens units, which feature 4x optical zoom, ensure users can capture 8-megapixel still images and 1920 x 1080 video footage in 3D or 2D images at 12.1 megapixels and HD video, by simply using a dedicated switch on the rear of the device. 3D content can be played back on a 3D TV or Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder that

supports the AVCHD format, either by inserting the memory card from the camera into the TV/Blu-ray player, or by connecting the digital camera via HDMI. Furthermore, the twin lenses also allow users to capture images and videos from different angles simultaneously.

The camera also benefits from a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, along with Panasonic's Megal OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology to reduce blur caused by hand shake, macro mode and the Intelligent Handheld Nightshot function that lets users capture video at night without the need for a tripod.

Measuring 4.25 x 2.30 x 0.95 inches and weighing less than half a pound with the battery, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 also features a self-timer, digital red eye-removal and use of the zoom during video capture. The built-in memory of 70MB can be expanded with an SD memory card.

Panasonic also says the lithium Ion battery offers around 200 shots from a full charge. A built-in flash and stereo microphone complete the digital camera.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 will be available from December this year for $500.

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