“This new camera will address many of the needs in live 3D production, working in the field as a perfect complement to the HD cameras currently used in 3D rigs by leading production companies and giving creative professionals a more flexible and mobile option for getting the right 3D shot,” said Olivier Bovis, Head of AV Media, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.
The PMW-TD300 uses six 1/2-inch Exmor CMOS sensors (two sets of three) with full HD 1920x1080 resolution. When recording in 3D, left and right eye signals are simultaneously recorded onto separate SxS cards (it has four SxS card slots in total, two slots for each view).
Its shoulder-mount design adds stability in ‘run and gun’ shooting environments, which is important for 3D as jerky shots can cause viewers nausea in 3D.
The TD300 has an inter-axial distance of 45mm, with a 1.2m minimum convergence distance, so it should be useful for interview or documentary shots. A newly developed dual-lens system allows for full synchronisation with high accuracy in focusing, zooming and iris adjustment.
Features include: Intuitive manual convergence control with a dedicated dial; Viewfinder with 3.5-inch colour LCD; HD-SDI out (L/R dual stream, audio and TC embedded); HDMI out (3D/2D) for viewing on consumer 3D displays; Genlock in and timecode in/out for integration with multi-camera systems; and four-channel PCM audio (16-bit, 48 kHz). This is only a preliminary specification as the TD300 won't be available until Autumn.
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By David Fox