ASIA PACIFIC - Sony has added new dimensions to its product line – literally – with the unveiling of its first 3D single-body camcorders for professional applications, for the first time in Asia. The new models include the PMW-TD300 shoulder-mount model, and the previously announced HXR-NX3D1P NXCAM compact camcorder.
The PMW-TD300 features a dual ½-inch Exmor 3 CMOS sensor design with full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution. The camcorder is based on the XDCAM EX recording platform, allowing users to take advantage of a proven solid-state workflow for maximum flexibility.
Left and right eye signals are simultaneously recorded onto separate SxS cards (4 SxS card slots in total, 2 slots for each view). Its shoulder-mount design provides stability in “run and gun” shooting environments, allowing professional shooters to worry less about ergonomics and concentrate more on getting the right shot.
An inter-axial distance of 45mm delivers a wide range of shooting zones to capture quality 3D images, especially for near-side shooting with a 1.2m minimum convergence distance. A newly developed dual-lens system allows for full synchronisation with high accuracy in focusing, zooming and iris adjustment.
The camera is switchable between 2D and 3D modes. The 2D view is recorded onto a single card, with 2D redundancy achieved through parallel recording onto L/R cards.
The ‘ready-to-go’ HXR-NX3D1P’s functions have been designed to offer a new level of mobility, workflow convenience and ease of use, while delivering professional quality output. Double Sony G Lenses and double Exmor R CMOS sensors deliver professional quality 3D shooting, while 1920x1080 full HD left and right images enable realistic HD recording.
It allows for simple adjustments to the left-right disparity to film 3D with the dial on the body and previewing the 3D effect on its glasses-free LCD.
Double full HD recordings are encoded in H.264 MVC (Multi-Views Coding) then packed in a single file. When the file is imported to compatible editing software such as Sony Vegas Pro 10.0d, it can be treated as L and R synchronised images without having to import them twice. Additionally, the included Content Management Utility 2.1 software lets users split the single 3D file into L and R video stream files which can be edited in AVCHD compatible 3D editing software.
The 3D glasses-free 3.5-inch Xtra fine LCD monitor (1229K 2562x480) makes 3D picture control easier, eliminating the need for a shutter or polarised glasses to view the 3D effect. The camcorder also features a 96GB of internal flash memory, which offers up to approximately 7.5 hours of 3D recording (compatible memory sticks and SD cards can also be used).
The HXR-NX3D1P supports a range of recording formats: 60i / 50i / 24p for 3D and 60p, 50p, 60i, 50i, 25p, 24p for 2D then 60i, 50i for SD resolution. The camcorder’s G Lenses allow a 10x long zoom ratio in 3D for more shooting flexibility.
Finally, the HXR-NX3D1P NXCAM Professional 3D Compact Camcorder has been created with the viewing experience in mind. SteadyShot Active Mode 3-way camera shake stabilising technology smoothes up/down, left/right and rolling movement and ensures minimal shake, even during hand-held shooting, to maintain a comfortable viewing experience.
The PMW-TD300 and HXR-NX3D1P will be available in Asia Pacific from December 2011 and July 2011 respectively.
The new models will be showcased at BroadcastAsia 2011, taking place from June 21 – 24, 2011 at Suntec Singapore. These new cameras along with Sony’s full range of broadcast and content production solutions can be found at the Sony booth #4B4-01, Level 4.