Matthew Nelson: Nice features. This beast has got to retail for at least $2500 - $3000.
Is 3D here to stay?
1080 are the horizontal lines which provide the vertical definition, for example the SBS video format used in broadcasts reduces the definition to 960 X1080 for each eye.For 3D glasses free TV., 4K screens are in development to produce full 1080 3D HDThomas
When shooting outdoor it is the same as indoor shooting, the distance to closeby objects is the number one parameter for the lens seperation so when shooting to object closeby then again 30-40mm lens seperation is fine.
Yes, when shooting on top of a hill with the closest tree or lump of stone at 500 m distance then the 3D effect with this camcorder is almost zero but please keep in mind that with such conditions even 65mm lens seperation is far from enough.
Bottom line, shooting 3D is really a matter of choices, you can't have it all with one fixed setup and regarding this all major manufacturers of 3D gear are knowing exactly what they are doing.
That said it is a pity and a big shame that none of them don't have an open and transparant communicating with the market and teach them about the problems and issues of shooting 3D to get more understanding, if they did you would immidiatly understand why 30-40 mm for a 3D camcorder is fine.
Happy 3D shooting,Wim
Hi,I recently made the same point on the 3D photographic forum.I'm a newbie to 3D and I also wondered why lenses on camcorders are most often much more narrowly spaced than standard human eye distance ( negative comments are regularly made by numerous people on various sites when discussing new 3D camcorders releases )I soon noticed that my bloggie 3d camcorder produced excellent 3D when viewed on my TV, deeper 3D than when viewed on a laptop.I found this a really excellent explanation of lens requirement versus distance both when taking and when viewing 3D video/stills.
Joesiv: I like the idea of shooting video and taking still pictures at the same time!
I wonder how small this camera would be, the TZ series used to used folded optics, maybe around that size? Seems like it could be a cool camera.
To finish the previous post. Regarding AVCHD. It allows me to edit my movies on a reasonably priced laptop with an excellent and also reasonably priced editor to produce a final M2Ts or mp4 file for easy viewing on my 3D TV. The final format is 50% squashed SBS 3D HD similar to SKY 3D transmissions. Looks pretty good on a 51" Samsung 3D plasma TV.
I do think manufacturers should explain the IOS to customers.The lenses on the Fuji are spread a little wider than the human eyes are separated and that makes for great distance photography with great depth, but makes for very difficult video.Video needs close action shots in the main and a much narrower spread is needed. A three lens camera would be ideal to cover near and distance shots. L lens ( left ) and the option of two R IOS spread right lenses. ( L with either R1 or R2 option )In the main though a closer IOS is desirable and makes for easier use by the average user.Regarding the Fuji W3 and the new proposed Panasonic's potential for HD videography, the Fuji is only 1280 X 720 and the quality isn't good. The Sony Bloggie 3D is way better, as is the Panasonic SDT750. I have all three camera/camcorders.I will hopefully just need two in the future, the Fuji for stills and the new Panasonic camera for close-up stills and video as it will feature the editable AVCHD format.