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The 3D Phones Are Coming

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Phones | Posted on 29-03-2011



3D PhoneForget 3D glasses.

Both the LG Optimus 3D  and HTC EVO 3D have thrown their hats into the ring with the Nintendo 3DS, offering a full 3D effect without needing to wear any 3D glasses.

Both devices can take their own 3D pictures and video with dual stereoscopic 5MP 3D rear cameras and 1.3MP front cameras, and powered by 1.2Ghz processors and 1Gb of RAM.

HD Video recording is at 1080p for 2D, and 720p for 3D.



3D Cameras and printers released

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 21-08-2010

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Fujifilm set to release 3D compact camera and a 3D printer.

The camera features two distinct 10-megapixel CCDs and two Fujinon lenses (3x optical zoom) to create the 3D effect. In a neat trick, if you stick to 2D you can use one for taking a close up and one for a wide angle image – of the same subject at the same time, or you can go for different colour balances or ISO sensitivity.

Back in 3D mode, the camera can take both stills and video in 3D at 720p resolution. You can view content without glasses directly on the display on the rear, or hook up to a 3D TV and see it loom large on the big screen, using the TV’s compatible glasses. Fujifilm claims that thanks to a “parallax control function”, the crosstalk effects that plague some 3D TVs, particularly LCD based ones, will be reduced.

Additionally, there’s an optional 8in digital photo frame viewer that lets you view the images in 3D – also without glasses – which sounds a little like a 3D tablet.

What’s more, images from the camera can also be printed in 3D – or rather leticular prints of up to 9in x 6in, via a printing process that Fujifilm will be available soon in the UK. Lentiuclar prints are generally only effective when viewing from a sweet spot, so we’d be interested to see how effective these are.

Fujifilm said the FinePix Real 3D W3 will be available in major department stores from early September.

Price? a very reasonable £399

First 3D camcorder in UK

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 06-08-2010

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The very first 3D camcorder to be available in the UK, the Aiptek HD 3D, will go on sale tomorrow for £199.99.

While Panasonic announced that its HDC-SDT750 would be the first consumer camcorder, German company Aiptek has beaten it to the punch in the UK, with the small, portable HD 3D.
Clearly, the two are not in the same class, but for fun, instant 3D gimmickry, the Aiptek could fit the bill.
As you would expect for a 3D camera it uses two separate lenses and image sensors and you can watch the footage back on the rear display without the need for glasses – which we imagine makes it the first appearance of a parallax barrier display, beating the Nintendo 3DS and the Sharp 3D phone to the punch.

You can also hook up via HDMI to a 3DTV, but if you don’t have one, the bundled software will also convert images to be watched back in 3D on a PC with a regular screen, but you’ll need to use the supplied anaglyph glasses to view. You can also upload straight to YouTube 3D.
The 5-megapixel camera can also capture in regular 2D, at 720p. The battery will give you 1.5 hours recording, and there’s a memory slot that will accept 32GB SD cards.

The Aiptek HD 3D camera goes on sale tomorrow at £199

First 3D Camcorder

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 29-07-2010

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Panasonic has launched the HDC-SDT750, the world’s first 3D camcorder aimed at consumers.

The camcorder is based on 3MOS technology and uses a 3D conversion lens that captures two images simultaneously. It records at 960 x 1,080 resolution using the AVCHD codec onto SD card at 17Mbps.
3D content can be played back on a TV capable of displaying ‘side-by-side’ 3D images, such as Panasonic’s Viera VT20 series of course.
Audio is captured via five microphones and recorded in 5.1 for use with surround sound systems. By removing the conversion lens, the SDT750 can be used as a conventional camcorder.

The camera ships with HD Writer AE 2.6T PC editing software for burning 3D content to Blu-ray. It’s Windows only software, but a moot point as Macs still don’t offer Blu-ray.
An October release in expected in the US and prices have not been confirmed but are estimated to be around £1,400.