Conclusion: As a camcorder, it may lack some of the finer things you would expect on a top of the range device (EVF, flash, automatic lens cover) but as a 3D camcorder, it is currently without equal. Things may change with the imminent arrival of the Sony HDR-TD10 though.
Excerpt: It shoots in 3D, courtesy of twin 3.3 megapixel sensors, and stores it all on a massive 64GB of built in flash storage. But is it any good? We take it out for a spin: see what we made of it in the clip above.
Excerpt: You’ve probably heard so much about 3D that you’re red-green-blue in the face, especially with the introduction of Nintendo’s 3DS and 3D HDTV bubbling along in the background. Getting lost in the hype is JVC’s first Full HD 3D camcorder that’s loaded with 64GB of flash memory and is light years ahead of low-cost 3D movie makers currently available (think Sony Bloggie 3D ). Now let’s determine if the GS-TD1 is worth its hefty list price.
Pros: Records high-quality Full HD 3D video (MP4 MVC), 3.5-inch auto-stereoscopic touch panel LCD, Touch GUI works well, 64GB onboard flash memory, also accepts SDXC cards
Cons: Expensive, Poor still quality especially indoors, Definitely need a larger, spare battery
Excerpt: The wonder attached to 3D has perhaps dissipated somewhat with the appearance of a number of poor movies, overpriced TVs and constant barrage of marketing. Perhaps the timing of JVC’s GS TD1 isn’t exactly perfect in this case, but if the results are lifelike there’s no reason for negative press to unduly taint it. See also Group test: what's the best digital camcorder?
Excerpt: A couple of issues back, we delved deeply into 3D, and the oft-raised topic of the lack of available 3D material to watch. While the 3D Blu-ray movie scene is gradually improving, the quickest way to convince any 3D sceptic is to give them a 3D stills or movie camera and let them make some homespun 3D. It’s exceedingly addictive. While you can only watch Avatar through silly glasses so many times before glazing over, the ability to make your own 3D is something else.
Excerpt: Until now, Panasonic has been a lonely champion for homemade 3D, offering a range of camcorders compatible with its VW-CLT1 3D accessory lens. We looked at the brand’s HDC-SD900 recently and were suitably impressed, although like all the 3D capable models in Panasonic’s line-up the SD900 is first and foremost a 2D shooter.
Pros: Excellent, border free 3D video, 3D still imaging, autostereoscopic 3.5inch touchscreen monitor, versatile shooting and framing options
Cons: Unconventional balance takes some getting used to, expensive if you don’t intend to make full use of the 3D, Full HD 3D MVC format is a non-starter for prosumer editors
Summary: JVC have just topped off their popular Everio camcorder range with a strange-looking beast. The twin lenses may be rather reminiscent of Wall-E, but they are the secret behind its effortlessly brilliant 3D capture. The TD1 uses twin lenses and sensors, which means you get the advantage of all the standard features of a camcorder, unlike the 3D beamsplitter conversion kit for the current Panasonic cameras.