New Panasonic HDC-Z10000 3D camcorder sports a 3D LCD -- no glasses required

Panasonic announces its latest consumer camcorder that shoots both 2D and 3D video.

One of the top reasons 3D devices haven't become as popular as the electronics industry would hope is that people just don't like those silly glasses. In fact, according to market research firm The NPD Group, aversion to 3D glasses was a bigger barrier to purchase of 3D products than high price.  Well, it looks like Panasonic is out to win the hearts and minds of 3D glasses haters everywhere: The Panasonic HDC-Z10000 consumer 3D camcorder announced today sports a 3.5-inch, 1,152,000-dot LCD that displays video in 3D without requiring special glasses.

According to Panasonic, the specialized LCD uses a parallax barrier to control the direction of the light coming from the LCD so that each of your eyes sees a separate image, creating a 3D effect (similar to the effect you get from one of those 3D postcards with lenticular printing). (It also sounds similar to the LCD on the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 3D camera.) Additionally, the camcorder sports a bright 1,227,000-dot, 0.45-inch electronic view finder.

The HDC-Z10000 is compatible with the recently announced AVCHD 3D/Progressive standard, co-developed by Panasonic and Sony, and shoots full HD video in both 2D and 3D (the LCD can be switched between 2D and 3D modes).  Unlike its lower-end predecessor, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, the HDC-Z10000 has an integrated dual lens rather than a conversion lens and utilizes two of Panasonic's high-sensitivity 6.57-megapixel 3MOS sensors, allowing the camcorder to record two separate images simultaneously for the right and left eyes.

Other specs and features include:

  • Two 32-320mm, f/1.5-f/2.7 10x optical zoom lenses (29.8-368.8mm, f/1.5-f/2.8 12x zoom when shooting 2D)
  • Nano Surface Coating on lenses for reduced light reflection and ghosting
  • AVCHD 3D (1080/60i, 1080/24p, and 1080/30p), AVCHD Progressive (1080/60p), and AVCHD (1080/ 24p, 1080/30p and 1080/60i PH/HA/HE) modes
  • 3D video macro setting (17.8 inches)
  • Optical image stabilization systems for both 2D and 3D shooting
  • Separate adjustment rings for zoom, focus, and iris control
  • Built-in microphones (Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound/2-channel stereo)
  • Two XLR audio inputs (with 48-V phantom power supply for external microphone)
  • Dual SD memory card slots
  • 2.1-megapixel 2D and 3D still image recording (while recording video)

As per usual with Panasonic, pricing and availability will not be announced until 30 days before the product ships.