We decided to take a look at Sony’s goods before the press conference actually started. What, it was right there! Believe me, guys, if you like 3D, you’d like this booth. We’ll spend some more time there later, too, but in the meantime I just wanted to put up some quick shots and impressions of their new 3D cameras.
First one we ran into was the HDR-TD10, a camcorder that does 3D 1080p video. They hadn’t given out the glasses for this thing yet, so we couldn’t see how exact the 3D space was, but it isn’t that much larger than a regular camcorder. Heavier, certainly, and wider, but it’s not a beast like Panasonic’s is, and there’s no need for a big attachment. It had a nice 3.5″ autostereoscopic 3D preview screen, and looked to be fully functional. It should have 64GB inside, which will be handy when storing double-1080p 3D streams.
Unfortunately it was a bit crowded around there and the camera was on a short tether, so I couldn’t get much out of it. The TD10 will cost $1500, and will be available in April.
Next up is the Bloggie 3D. This got leaked yesterday, and here I am today, holding one in my hot little hand. It’s quite small, very much the size of a normal pocket cam, or even smaller. The cameras were stuck in demo mode, so we couldn’t test them out, but there’s the normal record/d-pad and three chromey buttons above it, presumably for playback, trash, and menu or something. The lenses are mounted vertically, which is odd, and I suppose you’ll have to hold it sideways to shoot.
Nice little thing. I can’t tell if the lenses are fixed-focus or not, though. That would pretty much blow the 3D bit, wouldn’t it? The Bloggie 3D will be available in April for $250.
Last, there was this little guy, a camera that somehow takes 3D images with only one lens, and has the capability to put together “3D panoramas” by sweeping it across the scene.
We should have pricing and specs on these in a few minutes, so check back.