Panasonic announces the Lumix DMC-3D1: dual lenses, 12 megapixel camera
What do you get when you add 1 quarter ‘dual lenses’, 1 half ’12 megapixel sensors’ and a dash of Panasonic Lumix? Well you get a freshly cooked Lumix DMC-3D1 camera of course! Despite the fact probably less than 1% of the population shoot pictures in 3D, much less own a 3D camera (or video camera), Panasonic is hoping to change all that with the 3D1, a simple 3D shooter with a decent 12 megapixel sensor and oddly a $500 price tag, which won’t quite send people running to pick this up.
So for $500, you get two (dual lenses so two for one) 25-100mm (4x zoom) optical zoom lenses (30-120mm in 3D mode), and 12.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensors. And yes, stereoscopic 3D video is included here as is the norm these days (and the video is recorded in 1080i, simultaneously for 3D). Of course, this works as a normal 2D camera as well (for those of you concerned about a 3D only camera being useless). Other than that, the 3D1 comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, and a 8 fps burst mode. Panasonic even claim the camera takes dramatically clear” low-light images, even at high-ISOs.
The Lumix DMC-3D1 camera will hit stores next month, just in time for your Christmas Shopping!