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The 3D camcorder I've been waiting for
I was waiting for years for a high definition consumer camcorder. When the Sony HDR-TD10 came onto the market I was excited. My tests in-store showed it to be a capable machine with excellent 3D separation despite the closeness of the two lenses to each other. I was tempted to buy it on the spot except it was missing one important feature - the ability to take 3D still photos. The Sony HDR-TD10 takes still 2D photos, so I didn't understand why it couldn't take 3D still photos. That missing feature, and the price of two and a half thousand dolla...rs were the deal-breaker. So I looked next at the Panasonic HDC-SDT750. The display model in the store had about one minute of battery life, and they were not about to dig around and find a power supply for me. It seemed okay, but I was worried about the 3D module being something that is tacked onto the front of what appears to be a normal 2D camcorder. Then along came the JVC GS-TD1. I had trouble finding anywhere on the north side of Sydney that had a display model I could check. I ended up at Bing Lee at Hornsby where the sales rep allowed me plenty of time to play with the display model camcorder. He even fetched the power supply, as the battery wasn't charged. The JVC GS-TD1 feels good in the hand and is well balanced. The fold-out LCD display also automatically turns on the camcorder when it's opened. The display shows the 3D video as it's being taken, but when the display is showing 3D, the resolution and brightness of the display is halved. When I am in bright daylight, I sometimes change the display to show 2D even though I'm recording 3D, because the 3D display isn't bright enough in bright daylight. The LCD display is a touchscreen, so get used to cleaning fingerprints off the display, as fingerprints also reduce visibility of the screen in bright daylight.
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