JVC announces 3D HD camcorder

JVC announced what it claimed is the world's first consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full HD.

The firm outed the camera at CES, just a day after rival Sony announced its own HD 3D camcorder. D'Oh.

The Japanese firm said it has developed a 'high-speed processor' that can produce two simultaneous Full HD images.

The GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors - one for each lens - to capture three-dimensional images. JVC's new high-speed imaging engine simultaneously processes the two Full HD images - left and right images at 1920 x 1080i - its self-made chip, Falconbrid.

JVC says the newly developed "LR Independent Format" makes the GS-TD1 the world's first consumer-oriented camcorder capable of 3D shooting in Full HD. JVC's new camcorder offers other shooting modes as well, including the widely used "Side-by-Side Format" for AVCHD (3D) and conventional AVCHD (2D) shooting.

Expect to pay an arm and a leg or two when this thing hits the shops. But then if you think you need a 3D HD camcorder in your bedroom, you're probably easily fleeced.