So you are interested in treating yourself with a 3D video camera! But which one should you choose? With this 3D camcorder review, that is exactly what we want to try and answer.

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Which 3D Video Camera suits you best?

Before we go into fine details, you need to know that there are mainly 4 types (based on our classification). They are as follows.

 Pocket models

 3D compatible video cameras

 Devoted 3D camcorders

Professional 3D video cameras

 Aiptek 3D HD Video Camera  Panasonic 3D compatible video camera  Sony 3D camcorder  Professional 3D video camera

If you already know which kind you want, please click on the relevant image and you will be taken to a page that reviews and compares the available models in that particular 3D video camera category. If you don’t know which kind you want yet, keep reading and we will try to guide you through your decision making!

Which type of 3D camcorder do we recommend most?

There is no straightforward answer to that question. We can give you a conditional answer though i.e. if you belong to this category, then this type probably suits you best.

A pocket 3D video camera is best, if you….

  1. Don’t want to spend a lot of money (the Aiptek 3D HD 720p camcorder is priced at less than $150. We have provided an Aiptek 3D HD camcorder review elsewhere and you’re welcome to check it out!)Aiptek 3D video camera
  2. Are looking for a small sized camcorder that fits in your purse/backpack/pocket
  3. Prefer a highly portable and easy to carry camera that easily fits in your palm
  4. Want something for rough use e.g. sports events, to be used in the playground
  5. Want to predominantly use it outdoors under good lighting conditions
  6. Are not looking to record Full HD 3D video
  7. Are not fussy about it not having a built-in memory

A Panasonic 3D compatible camcorder is best, if you…

  1. Want your 3D camcorder to record high quality 2D video as well3D video camera
  2. Don’t mind carrying the extra baggage of the 3D conversion lens (these camcorders are NOT devoted/dedicated 3D video cameras. They are very good 2D camcorders, and when you attach a Panasonic 3D conversion lens, it will also shoot 3D video. However, the 3D picture quality is not as good as that recorded using a dedicated 3D camcorder)
  3. Don’t mind it not having optical zoom while recording in 3D (you will have up to 40X optical zoom on some of the models, however this optical zooming function only works with 2D video recording)
  4. Don’t mind it not having Double Full HD (3D camcorders such as the Sony HDR-TD10 and JVC GS-TD1 are capable of shooting what’s known as Double Full HD because each of the two lenses (corresponding to the left and right eyes) have their own sensor and processor which helps generate this Double Full HD quality 3D video)
  5. Don’t mind it not featuring a 3D glasses-free 3D LCD display – that’s right some of these models come with auto-stereoscopic 3D LCD displays where you can appreciate the 3D effect right away even without connecting it to a 3D TV
  6. Want to spend no more than $800 – $1,000 on your camcorder

In summary, a 3D compatible video camera such as the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (or any other 3D compatible Panasonic camcorder) will suit you best if you predominantly want a HIGH QUALITY 2D camcorder that also shoots 3D video. As you can see from the above short list, their 3D features are NOT outstanding. Yet they will be sufficient for most people’s 3D needs.

However, if you already have a decent 2D camcorder and want a good quality 3D camcorder regardless of its 2D functions, then you need a ‘devoted’ 3D video camera.

A devoted 3D video camera is ideal for you, if you…

  1. Are prepared to spend over $1,000Sony 3D video camera
  2. Want nothing less than the best quality consumer level video camera available in the market
  3. Are not necessarily looking for the best 2D camcorder in your 3D camcorder (these will also shoot SUPER good 2D videos. However if you predominantly want the 2D features more than the 3D features, some of the Panasonic 3D compatible video cameras may suit you better)
  4. Want optical zoom in 3D mode (you have a 5X option or 10X option)
  5. Want Double Full HD (1920 x 1080) 3D video (why settle for single or half when you can get a double right?)
  6. Want to manually control features such as exposure and focus when recording in 3D

You can read Sony HDR-TD10 3D video camera review and decide for yourself if it’s the right one for you!

You need a professional 3D video camcorder if you…

Don’t fit in to any of the above categories! These professional ones can be up to 5 pounds in weight and are not for the average videographer. There are a few models available from Sony and other brands and we will provide a professional 3D camcorder review in the near future.

Hope this review was helpful to you and you have at least been able to decide which type of 3D video camera you need (out of our 4 hypothetical categories). Once you have made that decision, your next step is to decide which model you want to buy and you should find that information on this page.

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Welcome to the JVC GS-TD1 3D Camcorder Review. The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 may have been the world’s first 3D video camera. However, the JVC GS-TD1 wins the honors for being the 1st 3D camcorder with Full HD. The JVC GS-TD1 receives honors for being the 1st consumer-oriented 3D video camera with optical zoom (in 3D mode) as well. The release of the camcorder was announced on January 6th, 2011 and released to the market in March 2011.

JVC GS-TD1 is a Full HD 3D video camera with 5X optical zoom

The GS-TD1 came with two major features the HDC-SDT750 lacked.

  1. Optical zoom in 3D mode – with the Panasonic SDT750, the optical zoom could only be used in the 2D mode. The GS-TD1 automatically adjusts the parallax level while zooming so that the 3D depth looks natural.
  2. Full HD resolution (1920 X 1080) – the GS-TD1 also has a pair of 3.3 MP CMOS sensors, one for each lens. In contrast, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 only had one common sensor for both lenses limiting its maximum resolution in the 3D mode to 960 X 1080.

NOTE: The Sony HDR-TD10 improved on both above features by taking the resolution up to ‘Double Full HD’ and improving the optical zoom up to 10X. For more information please read our Sony HDR-TD10 3D video camera review.

JVC GS-TD1 3D camcorder review – other noteworthy features

JVC GS-TD1 3D camcorder reviewNo 3D conversion lens to worry about with this JVC GS-TD1

Unlike in the case of the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, the JVC 3D TWIN HD GT lens is built-in.

3D still images

Neither the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 nor the Sony HDR-TD10 are capable of taking still 3D pictures. In contrast, this JVC 3D camcorder lets you take up to 2 Megapixel (1920×1080) resolution 3D photos. The GS-TD1 also offers ’3D High-Speed Motor Drive Shooting’. This means that you can shoot up to 12 still images at approx. 12 frames per second (fps) in the 3D mode. Smile meter and Smile Touch are also available in 3D mode.

The JVC GS-TD1 has optical stabilization in 3D mode

Optical Axis Automatic Stabilization System for disparity control gives depth to 3D images.

3D playback on the LCD screen

Similar to the Sony 3D video camera, the GS-TD1 has a 3.5 inch LCD display which is able to playback 3D video and you won’t need 3D glasses to watch the three dimensional video on this LCD screen (aka glasses-free 3D). The LCD panel achieves this by using a parallax barrier to split up the left and right images so that our brains are able to see the illusion of 3 dimensions!

Manual controls during 3D recording

Among the major 3D camcorders available, the JVC GS-TD1 offers the largest selection of manual controls in 3D mode. They are listed below.

  • up to 5X Optical zoom – mentioned earlier (up to 10X in 2D mode)
  • Focus – using the touch-screen or the adjustment dial at the back
  • Exposure – again using the touch-screen or the control dial
  • Aperture priority (f/1.2 to f/5.6)
  • Shutter speed (1/2 to 1/4000 seconds)

Scenic modes in 3D

Recording in dim-light

Very good recording under low light conditions thanks to ‘Super LoLux’ mode with F1.2 Super Bright Lenses. That is approximately twice as brighter as conventional camera lenses.

Other features of the JVC GS-TD1

  1. 3D audio features – JVC’s BIPHONIC Technology; wind cancelling; 2 channel stereo mic
  2. 64GB built-in memory
  3. Outputs/inputs – HDMI® Output (Mini), USB port, AV-output and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (up to 64GB)
  4. 3D time-lapse recording
  5. Everio MediaBrowser 3D for Windows – allows simple 3D movie editing and easy upload to YouTube™ and Facebook (HD Compatible). Also lets you playback 3D videos on your computer (if you don’t have a 3D TV)
  6. Two 3D recording modes
    1. 1920×1080 Full HD resolution using the L/R Independent Format
    2. Side-by-Side Format – allows you to burn 3D videos to AVCHD DVD or Blu ray discs

Go here for more on the JVC GS-TD1

Hope this brief JVC GS-TD1 3D video camera review was helpful. Expect a comprehensive comparison between the JVC GS-TD1 and the Sony HRD-TD1 and Panasonic HDC-SDT750 soon. The official page can be found on http://everio.jvc.com/gs-td1/

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3D video cameraThe Sony HDR-TD10 is one of the hottest 3D video camera models available in today’s market. Why do we say that? Keep reading to find out.

The Main Features of the Sony HDR-TD10 3D Video Camera

The features listed below makes this Sony 3D camcorder the best devoted 3D video camera available in today’s market.

No  3D lens attachments on the Sony HDR-TD10

One of the main benefits of the Sony HDR-TD10 video camera is that you don’t need to attach a 3D conversion lens to record 3D video in contrast to some of the 3D video cameras by Panasonic for example. You can still record regular 2D video thanks to the 2D/3D switch at the back of the camcorder.

The Sony HDR-TD10 has up to 10X Optical Zoom in 3D mode

3D video cameraThat’s a first! Yes, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 may be the world’s first 3D video camera, but the Sony HDR-TD10 is the world’s first 3D camcorder with optical zoom while recording in 3D mode. The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (and many other 3D compatible Panasonic camcorders) do have built-in optical zoom; however you cannot use it when you’re recording video in 3D. This is a clear advantage of this Sony camcorder over the Panasonic range of 3D cameras.

Just like optical zoom in 3D mode, the optical image stabilization also works in 3D video recording mode!

Double Full HD resolution

First there was HD, then there was Full HD and now it’s Double Full HD! WTH? Well it’s not that complicated… “Double Full HD” is what you get when you have two lenses recording Full HD. As you know, recording in 3D requires two lenses to mimic the left and right eyes and essentially all 3D video cameras should have a pair of lenses, yes that includes even pocket 3D video cameras like the Aiptek 720p 3D HD video camera. In case of this Sony 3D video camera, both lenses are capable of recording at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, thus the phrase ‘Double Full HD’. By the way, the Sony HDRTD10 is not the only one that can record ‘Double Full HD’ video clips. The the JVC GS-TD1 is the other model that boasts this capability right now (just like its 5X optical zoom in 3D).

This Sony 3D camcorder comes with dual CMOS sensors

This double is also part of the “Double Full HD” resolution we talked about earlier. Some of the earlier models were equipped with only one sensor in spite of the two lenses. However, Sony has been able to squeeze in two “Exmor R” CMOS sensors, one for each wide angle Sony G lens.

Dual processors – another double!

Sony 3D video cameraWhat was seen with the two lenses and sensed with the two CMOS sensors now has to be processed. Again, some of the earlier 3D camcorders came with just one processor while modern ones like the Sony HDR-TD10 comes with two powerful “BIONZ” image processors in spite of its ultra compact size. It is these features that enable the HDR-TD10 to ‘see’, ‘sense’, and ‘process’ two Full HD video clips simultaneously which will be overlapped in order to produce the illusion of the 3 dimensions.

3D glasses-free auto-stereoscopic 3.5” 3D LCD touch panel display

That’s correct! You can watch 3D videos you just shot directly on the LCD touch panel display without having to put on 3D polarized glasses. This is NOT a first from Sony HDR-TD10 as this feature was available on the Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1. With its “Parallax Barrier System”,  the LCD display was able to produce the ‘visual disparity’ of left and right eyes enabling you to appreciate the 3D effects without the need to wear 3D glasses.

Manual controls of the Sony HDR-TD10 3D video camera – exposure and focus in 3D mode

There are many other noteworthy manual controls (e.g. shutter speed, aperture), however, they only work with the 2D mode.

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5.1-channel surround-sound audio, zoom mic and wind noise cancelling

The Sony HDR-TD10 Full HD 3D handycam has some cool audio features as well. You can either record in 5.1-channel surround sound audio or just the regular 2-channel stereo. The choice is yours. Just like the Panasonic 3D camcorders that we reviewed, the Sony HDR-TD10 also features a zoom mic and wind noise cancelling.

Internal and Expandable memory are also commendable!

64GB internal flash memory optionally expandable with a SD/SDHC/SDHXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo.

Availability of compatible 3D editing software

Another feature that should not be left out is that the 3D movies you shoot with the HDR-TD10 can be edited (in 3D) using software such as Vegas Pro 10. This is a professional HD video editing software that allows editing of 3D video as well as creating Blu-Ray discs.

What is it that makes the Sony HDR-TD10 our top recommended 3D video camera?

  1. Double Full HD – the 2 CMOS sensors + the 2 BIONZ image processors
  2. 10X optical zooming in 3D video recording mode
  3. Optical image stabilization in 3D mode
  4. 3D glasses-free 3.5” 3D LCD display
  5. Manual control of focus and exposure in 3D mode
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The Sony HDR-TD10 beats its competition hands down as far as above features are concerned. If you already have a regular video camera (2D video camera) and looking to record 3D video clips, this is what you need. However, if your camcorder is outdated and you want your new video camera to shoot predominantly 2D video, and also want a little 3D as a side-project, then there are other video cameras that have better 2D features than the Sony HDR-TD10. If the latter is what you would rather have, you should probably get yourself one of these Panasonic 3D video cameras rather than this Sony 3D camcorder.

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