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JVC announces world’s first 3D consumer camcorder


At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, JVC ( announced the world’s first consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full HD, thanks to a new JVC-developed high-speed processor that can produce two simultaneous Full HD images.

The new GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors — one for each lens — to capture three-dimensional images much the same way that human eyes work.  VC’s new high-speed imaging engine simultaneously processes the two Full HD images — left and right images at 1920 x 1080i — within that single chip.  

The newly developed “LR Independent Format” makes the GS-TD1 the world’s first consumer-oriented camcorder capable of 3D shooting in Full HD, according to the folks at JVC.  The company”s new camcorder offers other shooting modes as well, including the widely used “Side-by-Side Format” for AVCHD (3D) and conventional AVCHD (2D) shooting.

The camcorder uses a JVC 3D Twin HD GT Lens, as well as multiple aspherical lenses for image reproduction. The GS-TD1 also features round iris diaphragms that enable bokeh effect (background blurring) shooting of video and stills alike.

Additional highlights include 3D optical 5x zoom, Optical Axis Automatic Stabilization System for disparity control to give depth to 3D images, JVC’s Biphonic technology for 3D sound and Automatic Parallax Adjustment to optimize the 3D-video comfort zone.

The GS-TD1 (pictured) operates like other consumer-friendly camcorders from JVC. A 3.5-inch 3D touch panel LCD monitor displays 3D images without any need for 3D glasses.

JVC’s other new HD Everio with 3D capabilities is the GZ-HM960. Similar to other HD Everio models in size and features, the GZ-HM960 is distinguished by its 2D-to-3D output function, which turns any 2D footage into 3D. Output can be viewed without glasses on the camera’s 3.5-inch 3D LCD monitor, or by connecting the camcorder to an external 3D television. Bluetooth wireless technology enables integration with other devices, such as smartphones, to synch images with Google Maps.

The JVC GZ-TD1 Full HD 3D camcorder will be available in March for US$1,999.95. The HD Everio GZ-HM960 will be available in February for $949.95.

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