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.
Conclusion: If you're in the market for 3D camcorder, the JVC Everio GS-TD1 should definitely top the list. Unfortunately, as well as being the best, it's also one of the most expensive, with a price tag well in excess of a thousand pounds.
Pros: Sure, you'll still be able to shoot regular 2D and HD content on the JVC Everio GS-TD1, but JVC has thrown all its weight behind the 3D technology on this compact camcorder. To get the best 3D imagines, JVC has packed in pretty much two of everything – from the 3.32-megapixel CMOS sensors, to the dual lenses. The design of the JVC Everio GS-TD1 means that it's capable of capturing two high-definition video streams at the same time, and the result is staggering. 3D ima...
Cons: The JVC Everio GS-TD1 doesn't really have any major flaws. It records regular high-definition footage well, and is even better when it comes to Full HD 3D videos. The only downside is the price, which unfortunately puts the JVC Everio GS-TD1 out of reach of most regular consumers.
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.