Panasonic’s small wonder – the DMC-3D1

Compressed twin lenses are the secret behind Panasonic’s announcement that it has produced the smallest 3D compact camera ever.

The Japanese corporation has just announced the DMC-3D1, which is expected to be on sale in the UK in December and which offers both 3D photo capabilities, along with 3D video recording.


So how does it do it? Well the secret lies in the fact that the camera giant uses a compressed twin lens system that offers folded optics. The two lenses are 25mm wide angle types, which have a 4x zoom, along with a 12-megapixel MOS sensor (which can only be used in 2D mode – for 3D you’ll be working with 8 megapixels). The sensor is noise reducing, allowing for sharper image capture.

When it comes to shooting video, you’ll have at your disposal an 8-megapixel version that can capture Full HD 1080p video at 8fps.

Control can be handled using the 3.5inch Smart Touch screen (the screen doesn’t allow you to view 3D images or video though)

If you’re not that bothered about 3D capabilities (and we’re still as yet not sure how interested the great British buying public is in this) there are other benefits to having two lenses – for instance, you could be shooting video with one lens, while using the other for taking still shots (handy at a wedding or party for capturing candid still portraits). Or you can catch a wide-angle image, while zooming in on a specific detail.

Panasonic is also claiming that battery life will be just as good as that on a standard 2D snapper.

No UK price has been confirmed as yet, although the Panasonic DMC-3D1 will be going on sale in the US for around $500.