Capture Your Holiday Memories in 3D

Capture Your Holiday Memories in 3D

Vivian Kim
Nov 19, 2010

With the holidays coming just around the corner, we can expect a whole lot of family photos and video to be taken. If capturing those holiday memories are important to you, why not take it to another level with 3D? With the growing popularity of 3DTVs, it seems more and more 3D cameras and camcorders are beginning to emerge. Practical or not, these gadgets are sure to make your holiday season a bit more hi-tech. We'll fill you in on which cameras may be worth your while, after the jump.

  • Panasonic HDC-SDT750 ($1,399) - Panasonic has the first consumer 1080/60p HD 3D camcorder. It records in 5.1 surround sound to capture that feeling of being right in the middle of the action. It can also shoot in 24 frames per second, giving your video more of a film effect. If you don't feel like shooting video in 3D, the HDC shoots in 2D as well.
  • Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens for Micro Four Thirds ($249) - If you're lucky enough to already have the Panasonic GF2, GH2 or the new Lumix GF2, you can add this lens to your camera and take your holiday family portraits in 3D. It may seem a little silly since you wouldn't be able to printout a 3D photo or send one to someone without a 3DTV, but shooting photos of a holiday party and watching a 3D slideshow of those photos on your 3DTV would be possible.
  • ViewSonic 3DV5 ($179) - The 3DV5 is a small inexpensive 3D HD camcorder. Like Nintendo's 3DS it doesn't require glasses to view the 2.4-inch screen. If that's too small for you, Viewsonic also sells a $180, 8-inch 3D digital photo frame where you can watch your videos. It's a lot smaller than a full-fledged 3DTV, but it's small enough so you won't need glasses. It can record in 2D and 3D and is priced just right if you're looking to play around with 3D.
  • DXG-5D7V 3D Camcorder ($599) - The DXG is one of the first 3D camcorders to hit the streets. The DXG-5D7V does VGA quality stereoscopic 3D that requires no glasses when viewing its 7 inch screen. You can watch it on a 3DTV, but unfortunately will be stuck with retro tech using red/blue 3D glasses. The camera is pretty pricey for only doing standard-def 3D, but it might be an ideal gift for the person who has everything.
  • Minoru 3D Webcam ($59) - The Minoru boasts itself as being the first 3D webcam. Although the quality is nothing to be blown away by, the webcam is a fun way to get you family around the computer and do some 3D video chatting. With this webcam there's no need for an expensive 3DTV or fancy glasses—it uses old school standard red/blue 3D glasses and the box comes with 5 pairs.
  • Nintendo 3DS ($298) - Nintendo's new 3DS won't be here in time for the holidays, however it's definitely worth mentioning. The 3DS will allow you to record 3D movies/pictures, and view them on the 3DS screen, all without glasses. Plus it's an excellent portable gaming machine.

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