With the advent and growing popularity of 3D TVs, it was only a matter of time before camera manufacturers came out with cameras that can take 3D pictures. The Lumix DMC-3D1 by Panasonic is one such point-and-shoot camera. It comes with two 12 megapixel sensors with 25 mm ultra-wide angle lenses and 4x optical zoom.
The two sensors can either work independently or together. When working together, they can shoot 8 megapixel 3D stills or 1920×1080 60i 3D video. If you only need 2D, you can shoot 12 megapixel still photographs with one sensor while the other sensor can record 1920×1280 full HD video. You can shoot a still picture even as the camera is recording video.
The separation of sensors means that you can get higher resolution still images, as against conventional camcorders and cameras where still photography is often constrained by video recording settings. A toggle switch placed at the rear of the camera allows the user to select between 2D and 3D modes easily.
Panasonic’s quad-CPU Venus Engine helps with intelligent noise reduction and other post-processing finessing. The Lumix DMC-3D1 supports both MP4 and AVCHD formats. A 3.5” touchscreen gives the user the interface with which to control the camera.
3D photos are saved in a jpeg file and an accompanying MPO format. It may be some time before social networks support MPO formats, so you may not immediately be able to upload your 3D pictures onto your favourite social network.