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July 27, 2010

Leaked Panasonic 3D camcorder HDC-SDT750 official (also: new TA1 camcorder stick)

Like clockwork, the Panasonic 3D camcorder leaked during the weekend has now been officially announced. In addition to that, Panasonic has also launched something on the other end of the spectrum - a "camcorder stick" to compete with Cisco's Flip and friends.

Panasonic HDC-SDT750: a 3D consumer camcorder
The new Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is a 3D Consumer camcorder, of interest here only because it's the first 3D consumer camcorder, and often features, trends and fads tend to jump off from stills to video and vice-versa. This mini-monster has a 12X Leica Dicomar lens (35-420mm eq), and can record 1080p video, and uses 3MOS sensors (three sensors of 3mp each).

As speculated, 3D is achieved thanks to a 3D conversion lens system (VW-CLT1) that records left and right eye pictures and then combines them to form the 3D image.

Other features include 12-14mp stills (depending on aspect ratio), 3-inch LCD (230K), Time Lapse Recording, 5.1-channel audio, Intelligence Auto with Hybrid OIS, and things like that.

The suggested retail price is $1400 with an estimate release date of October 2010. We do not know if $1400 will be its opening price or not.

We do not know at this point whether the 3D conversion kit is compatible with any of the existing Panasonic camcorders.

More details via the Panasonic press release and also at the Panasonic product page, which includes the detailed technical specifications. More action at Pocket Lint, Quesabesde, et al.

Lots of pictures from the Japanese launch at (under July 28, 2010) [NEW!]

New Panasonic TA-1 camcorder stick
On the other end of the consumer spectrum, Panasonic has joined the "Camcorder Stick" party with the new HM-TA-1, with a price of $170 and estimated August release. It records 1920x1080 video, also supports Apple iFrame, works as a webcam (and with things like Skype), has a 2-inch LCD, weighs 0.25 pounds, records to SD/SDHC/SDXC, walks and chews gum at the same time as well. Stabilization is electronic (not optical) and the lens is a "prime" with the obligatory digital zoom. It will be available in three colors (red, purple and dark grey). For more details, check the Panasonic press release.

The TA-1 is already available for pre-order at Amazon for $170 in the three aforementioned colors.

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