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5.0 out of 5 stars The best by far!, 16 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1E-K 3D Compact Digital Camera (5x Optical Zoom) 3.5 inch LCD (Camera)
If your looking for a 3D camera that produces stunning photographs and full HD video in 'Real' 3D then this is definitely the one to get.
Having owned a 3D TV for a few months now, I decided to look into purchasing a 3D camera for a forthcoming holiday and belatedly stumbled upon this little gem.
A twin lens camera is a must as this gives true 3D rather than converted/simulated 3D that a single lens camera gives.
Unfortunately as this is a fairly new consumer technology there's very limited choice and I was all set to buy the Fuji W3 not even realising that Panasonic made this beauty until I saw comparison videos on Youtube!
Now the Panasonic may currently cost nearly twice as much as the Fuji but you really are getting a more modern and superior camera in EVERY way so if your budget can stretch that far then you wont be disappointed.
I've only owned this camera for a week now having bought from Magicdiscounts here on Amazon market place (best price/genuine UK stock and delivered free next day) but already I've taken some truly remarkable photo's that really pop out of my LG TV's screen that draw admiring gasps of 'Wow!!!' from everyone thats seen them, this camera really is that good!
I'm by no means a professional photographer more a keen amateur but I can't see my (rather expensive) DSLR getting much use from now on as to me 3D is the only way to go and viewing the results on the BIG screen is the most satisfying way to view them.
The touch screen on the back is nice and responsive to use and also nice and bright allowing for easy viewing even on sunny days.
It has face recognition and anti shake which really is a bonus for when you're shooting 3D video footage on the move.
Whilst the camera has a built in memory its more a token gesture as you will only be able to take 8 photo's and zero video before it's full so you will need (as I did) to make an advanced purchase of a class 10 (important) SDHC card which are commonly available.
Make sure it's a class 10 though as the high speed of this card makes for smoother shooting of HD video and faster read/write times for your photos. I find 16 Gig is about the best size and value to go for and you can pick one up for around £10.
I've also purchased a couple of spare batteries as this camera is quite thirsty as it has to effectively power 2 of everything,sensors/lenses etc.
Be careful when buying spare batteries though as Panasonic try to ensure you purchase their products only by giving the camera inbuilt detection software that identifies 3rd party items, so make sure that the 3rd party battery (which coincidently will cost around a 3rd of the price) comes with the required inbuilt chip to override this and remain undetected.
Mine cost just over £7 each and has a higher mAh (1500 instead of Panasonics 895) which means a single charge will last almost twice as long before running out and because they have the chip my camera accepts them no problem.
When you take a photo the camera not only shoots a 3D image in the form of an MPO file but also shoots a 2D JPEG at the same time. This is very handy as I had visions of having to take 2 shots of my chosen subject, one in 3D and then another in 2D which would have been time consuming but luckily this isn't necessary.
This camera also allows you to take a still image from video footage you shoot merely by pausing playback and tapping the screen at your desired moment which again negates any choice of wether to shoot in still or HD video mode.
You'll need to learn how to take photo's in 3D as there are different requirements to 2D photography but it all adds to the fun and so far I find for best results to shoot from low down pointing slightly upwards and diagonally will give the best depth.
One last thing I discovered which I'd like to pass on to you guys is....
On the display at the back Panasonic include a red warning 3D symbol with a circle round it and a line through it which appears if the camera deems you are too close to the subject for good 3D. I was disappointed at first because you have to be quite a distance (3-4ft) for the warning light to go out but I quickly learned to take this more as a guide rather than a command cause as long as the camera focuses and you don't get stupidly close then the 3D photo's still come out fine!
Yep this new technology still has a long way to go before it's perfect but if you want great 3D video and Photo's to view on the BIG screen then BUY THIS CAMERA you wont be disappointed.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2012 03:26:22 BDT
Bellaly says:
Hi great feedback and thorough review, thanks for taking the time to give this review you've certainly convinced me, I'm interested in the batteries you bought can you reply with a model number or link for those - much appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2012 21:25:46 BDT
Dave says:
Hi there sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I presume you will have already bought and be enjoying your camera by now but just in case you still need the link for the batteries here it is...
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