NAB News: Not wanting to be left standing by its competitors, JVC has announced its own integrated, handheld, professional 3D camcorder, writes Adrian Pennington. However it won’t be launching a shoulder-mounted version any time soon.
Unlike Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 and Sony’s forthcoming compact product, JVC claims its model captures full 1920×1080 resolution for both eyes.
The GY-HMZ1U ProHD 3D camcorder features dual 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors and delivers 34 Mbps AVCHD recording in 3D or 24Mbps in 2D. Video can be recorded with timecode at 60i to provide smooth motion or 24p for more film-like effects.
Priced around $2,000 when it comes to market around IBC time the GY-HMZ1U is equipped with twin F1.2 HD lenses with a 5x optical zoom in 3D and 10x optical zoom in 2D. Video is recorded to SDHC or SDXC media cards or to in-built 80GB memory. It has a lenticular LCD pull out panel for glasses-free viewing.
According to John Kelly, JVC’s general manager in UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, the company has no plans for a shoulder mounted integrated 3D model. “We are taking a watching brief on that space because we are not sure where the market for professional twin lens cameras is heading or what demand there will be.”
JVC was also showing its real-time 2D-3D automated conversion box with new functionality that allows producers to set both negative and positive parallax. Kelly believes it is the only conversion tool with such capability. More details of that story in the TVBEurope 3D newsletter.