Panasonic's New 3D Lens for Micro Four-Thirds Cameras

Posted by at 9:39 pm on July 27, 2010

Panasonic today announced the development of interchangeable twin-lens, making it possible to shoot 3D with an interchangeable lens system camera.

“This year will be remembered as the ‘First Year of 3D Era’ and Panasonic has already taken the lead by launching 3D-capable VIERA televisions and Blu-ray 3D Disc Players,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With Panasonic’s development of a twin-lens capable of 3D shooting, the company is providing consumers with a way to capture their own 3D content, which they can then enjoy watching in the comforts of their own home. Panasonic is dedicated to evolving the 3D ecosystem, letting consumers create and display lifelike 3D images in their homes.”

Currently, 3D shooting with an interchangeable lens system camera is possible only by using panorama systems or by combining two lenses and two CCDs. However, these systems are not ideal and have difficulty capturing moving objects. Panasonic’s new 3D lens for the LUMIX G Micro System features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses that are then processed with a 3D image processing system.

Panasonic’s one-up claim to Sony’s Sweep Panorama 3D system is that the dual optics of the new 3D lens makes it better suited to capturing moving objects without distortion or time lag between left and right images than Sony’s competing panorama system.

Pricing and Availability

There’s no hint of pricing from Panasonic today, though it states that the lens will reach consumers before the end of the year.

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