During CES last year 3D TVs had a big showing, but there seemed to be a lack of support from other consumer electronic products. However, things were very much different this year, as there was a huge showing. The Sony 3D Digital and video camera range is not that large at the moment, but during a recent Connected Products Brief that was hosted for Netshelter we got an insight into their vision for 2011 and beyond. So let us review the tech that is available so far.
Sony said that they are the only consumer electronics maker that covers the entire 3D world, from behind the camera to in the home. However, they will need to move at a faster rate this year, as we can only see two 3D digital cameras and one camcorder. These are the Sony HDR-TD10 Full HD video camera and the DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9 Sony Cyber-shot cameras.
The HDR-TD10 from Sony has been a long time coming, but most of you will agree that the wait has been worth it. How cool will it be to take 3D video recording of something and then be able to play it back on your Sony BRAVIA TV with Full 3D support? What makes this device more versatile is how you can switch from 2D to 3D in an instant. You cannot help think that you are looking at a portable Johnny Five from Short Circuit with those two eyes staring at you. More details can be found on the Sony Style website.
The DSC-WX5 is not what you would say a Full 3D camera, as it only takes Multi Angle images to offer 3D-like effects. However, it is still very effective in how it achieves this. You will still need a 3D TV to see the photos come to life.
The Sony TX9 Digital compact camera also employs that same technology, but this is certainly a higher-end product. We have to wonder how much truth there is in Sony’s claim when they say that this model offers “DSLR-like picture quality”? What we do like with the TX9 is the touchscreen, this does make using the camera much easier, although you do need to keep cleaning that screen. More details.
These are just three 3D camera devices that Sony had to offer, and we hope to see many more in 2011. Do you think that 3D will be as big as consumer electronic makers say it will be?