Panasonic unveils LUMIX 3D1 compact camera with twin-lens design

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Panasonic has announced its LUMIX 3D1 point-and-shoot camera, featuring a couple of 25mm ultra-wide angle lenses that allow users to shoot both stills and videos in 3D

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Panasonic has announced a new addition to its LUMIX family, the 3D1 compact camera. It's a point-and-shoot snapper featuring a couple of 25mm ultra-wide-angle lenses, that allow users to shoot both stills and videos in 3D. The twin-lens system can also shoot 2D stills and videos simultaneously.

The LUMIX 3D1 captures 3D photos at 8-megapixel resolution and 3D videos at 1,920 x 1,080 high quality HD. Without the 3D effect, the 3D1 offers up to 12.1-megapixel resolution photos and full HD videos. Utilizing two separate mechanisms for image capturing, the camera allows users to snap 9-megapixel 2D stills while recording 2D full HD videos without interruption. A dedicated switch allows users to change between 2D and 3D modes.

Featuring a sliding cover, the LUMIX 3D1's lenses both feature a 4x optical zoom (for photos and videos). Processing of the images is provided by a 12-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor combined with Venus Engine, featuring quad-CPUs for "processing large amount of full HD data at high speed," Panasonic states.

The LUMIX 3D1 is equipped with a set of features called iA (Intelligent Auto), which include: MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer), AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Handheld Nightshot.

Videos are saved in AVCHD or MP4 format, while still images are recorded as JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3) files. They are stored on SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards and can be viewed on a 3.5-inch TFT LCD touchscreen. Connectivity options include AV output, mini HDMI and USB 2.0.

Available starting in December, the LUMIX 3D1 will retail for US$499.99.

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