April 11, 2011

Panasonic AG-3DP1 3D P2 camera

Panasonic introduced a new shoulder-mount 3D twin-lens P2 HD camcorder at NAB. The AG-3DP1 offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, full HD AVC-Intra recording to P2 cards.

“Less than a year ago, Panasonic simplified and lowered the cost-of-entry to high-quality 3D production with the AG-3DA1, the industry’s first fully- integrated, 3D camera recorder,” said Joe Facchini, VP of Sales and Product Marketing, Panasonic Solutions Company. “Now, the shoulder-mount AG-3DP1 offers a larger imager, 10-bit colour depth, AVC-Intra recording to P2 media, and EFP-style shooting, to expand the universe of affordable 3D production for live events, sports, documentaries and independent films.”

The 3DP1 uses two sets of 1/3-inch, full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3MOS imagers with enhanced sensitivity and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire native 1920x1080 images. As with the 3DA1, the 3DP1 incorporates stereoscopic adjustment controls making for ease of use. The twin-lens system also allows the convergence point to be adjusted.

Functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement are also provided. Conventional 3D camera systems require these adjustments to be made by means of a PC or an external video processor, but the integrated camcorders automatically recalibrate.

The 3DP1 records in AVC-Intra at 100 or 50Mbps, and is 50Hz/60Hz switchable. It records in 1080 at 59.94i, 29.97pN, 23.98pN, 50i and 25pN and in 720 at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97pN, 23.98pN and 25pN. It also has variable frame rate recording for fast and slow motion effects. In 720p mode, users can choose from 20 variable frame steps between 12 and 60 frames per second.

The 3DP1 will have dual zoom lenses (likely to be about 17x) and can record for up to 80 minutes on two 64GB P2 cards in AVC-Intra 100 1080/24pN. It has dual HD SDI outs, HDMI (3D compatible) out, and two XLR audio connectors, plus Genlock and timecode inputs for multi-camera operation. It also has a remote terminal for focus iris, zoom, REC start/stop and convergence point. Its 3.2-inch LCD can display Left, Right or overlay images.

As it uses P2 it can take advantage of recording features such as instant recording start-up, clip thumbnail view for immediate access to video content on all cards, and a time-saving recording modes, including continuous recording and interval recording.

It should be available this Autumn.

Related post: Sony TD300 XDCAM 3D camcorder

By David Fox

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