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.
Conclusion: If you are in the market for a high-end 3D camcorder, you only have three options at the moment: the JVC GS-TD1, the Sony HDR-TD10, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (and other Panasonic models that can use the VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens). There are also a few ultracompact models that shoot 3D, as well as a number of digital cameras, but the three models mentioned above are the only high-end HD camcorders aimed at consumers that allow 3D recording.
Conclusion: We have to give JVC props for taking a huge step forward in home video, leaping from 2D to 3D. If you get the chance to see some sample footage on a quality 3D HDTV you’ll be impressed—big time—as were we. The stills are another story but for us it’s a sideshow to a major move in consumer electronics. The Everio GS-TD1 may not be generating the buzz of that other 3D device but you should definitely take notice.
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: Until now, shooting home video in 3D has seemed an afterthought, achieved via optional lenses with limited functionality. JVC’s new flagship GS-TD1 changes is the most advanced 3D consumer camcorder we’ve seen to date.
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: 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: 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