JVC launches 3D camcorder

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JVC’s GS-TD1 will be the world’s first full HD 3D consumer camcorder available when it launches this month. It will also be joined by a model that can convert 2D video to 3D.

First announced at the Las Vegas-based CES tech show, the GS-TD1 boasts dual 3.32-megapixel CMOS sensors that enable it to take full HD 3D videos by processing two 1920x1080i images simultaneously. The camcorder also sports a 3.5in screen that can display 3D images without the need for glasses, using the same Parallax barrier technology used by the Nintendo 3DS.

The GS-TD1 offers a 5x optical zoom in 3D mode, while a 10x zoom can be used when recording in 2D. It has 64GB of built-in memory which can be topped up using the SD card slot. Seamless recording means that when the internal memory is full, the camcorder will switch automatically to the SD card, and will also play back footage seamlessly in the same way. Along with a 3D time lapse mode, the camcorder is also capable of taking 3D stills, while JVC’s Biphonic technology enables 3D sound from the dual mircrophones.

Also new from JVC is the GZ-HM960, which records in 2D and converts to 3D for playback on an high-def TV. The device also sports the same glasses-free 3D screen as the GS-TD1. The compact camcorder is equipped with 16GB of Flash memory, which can be expanded via the SD card slot. What’s more, the GZ-HM960 boasts JVC’s K2 audio technology which is designed to restore lost audio from compressed files.

The GS-TD1 will cost around £1,499, while the GZ-HM960 will have a price tag of around £799.

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