Sony Corp announced a variety of products featuring 3D capability at a press conference that took place on the day before the 2011 International CES.
Among them, Sony introduced two types of 3D camcorders by saying that people will shoot 3D video more casually in the future.
One is a 3D-compatible version of the "Bloggie" low-priced camcorder, which is expected to be used for taking pictures and movies for blogs and image sharing Websites. The low-priced camcorder comes with two cameras and can shoot 3D video. It is equipped with a 2.4-inch 3D display that can be viewed with the naked eye. The company plans to release it in March 2011 at a price of US$250.
Another 3D camcorder is the "HDR-TD10," a 3D-compatible version of the traditional Handycam series. Equipped with a lens, CMOS sensor and an image processor for each of the movies for the right and left eyes, it can shoot full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) 3D video for each of the eyes. It is scheduled to be released in April 2011 at a price of about US$1,500.
Furthermore, Sony announced what it claims is the world's first camcorder equipped with a projector. It will come in three models, and the most inexpensive model is priced at US$700. The company will start releasing them in March 2011.
3D TV viewable with naked eye, 3D HMD unveiled
At the press conference, Sony exhibited prototypes of its 3D TVs viewable with the naked eye. They are a 56-inch LCD TV with a pixel count of "4k x 2k," a 46-inch LCD TV with a resolution of 1080p and a 24.5-inch OLED TV. In addition, the company showcased a portable optical disc player equipped with a prototyped 10.1-inch 3D display viewable with the naked eye.
This time, Sony also unveiled a prototype of its 3D-compatible head-mounted display (HMD), which uses OLED displays for the right and left eyes. The company has not yet decided the release date of the HMD.
Furthermore, Sony announced 3D-compatible digital cameras and notebook PCs. Sony's digital cameras can take 3D still images by using a monocular lens. To take 3D pictures, users swing their cameras while pressing down the shutter button ("3D Swing Panorama" function).
In addition to this function, some of the new 3D digital cameras (those equipped with a CMOS sensor) have a function to take 3D pictures just by releasing the shutter, a Sony staffer said.
Among the new 3D digital cameras, the "DSC-TX100V" features an advanced video shooting capability. It can shoot 1080p high-definition video at a rate of 60fps. It has a 3.5-inch OLED display and a back-illuminated CMOS sensor with pixel a count of 16.2 million. The price of the DSC-TX100V is US$380.