ViewSonic is jumping into 3D technology this holiday season with a bevy of 3D-enabled products, including its new 3DV5 Pocket 3D HD Camcorder. The idea is not only to help consumers tap into professionally-produced 3D content and games, but also enable consumers to create their own 3D content they can show to friends and family…and, via the Internet, to the entire world.
“3D is without argument a growing trend,” said ViewSonic Americas VP of marketing Adam Hanin, in a statement. “In order for 3D technologies to live up to their true potential, there must be an available offering of content, including self-created content. ViewSonic is providing several new offerings that put ViewSonic anywhere consumers want to create and enjoy 3D, as well as traditional 2D content.”
The 3DV5 features two fixed-focus 5 megapixel fixed focus cameras that can capture 3D content at 720p resolution, as well as standard 2D video—users can switch between the two modes with a button click. Users can preview content on the 3DV5’s integrated 2.4-inch display, as well as view 3D content on standard computer displays using the red/cyan glasses that ship with the 3DV5 camcorder. (Folks who have Nvidia 3D Vision Kit can also view the 3D content using their glasses.) The camera features built-in software for uploading content to YouTube 3D and Facebook.
The 3DV5 features 10 MB of integrated memory as well as an SD/SDHC card slot that can support up to 32 GB of removable content. The camera saves images in MP4 format (JPG for still images), has a 4× digital zoom and a built-in stereo microphone. Users can hook the camera up to an HDTV using a mini HDMI output; the 3DV5 also has USB 2.0 connectivity.
ViewSonic says the 3DV5 is available now for a suggested retail price of $179.99.