Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on January 2010

Given the recent rash of 3D movie releases, it’s no great shock that 3D-capable consumer gadgets should also emerge to target our wallets, with TV sets leading the way. However, we were as surprised as anyone when Panasonic revealed the world’s first 3D high-definition camcorder in early January.

The “Twin-lens Full HD 3D Camcorder” will cost a hefty $21,000 when it goes on sale in the fall, but that’s infinitely cheaper than the typical two-camera rig currently used by James Cameron et al.

Although we don’t have the full details yet, the fact that the new camera records 3D footage straight to SD card, requiring no post-processing, will clearly be a strong selling point. On the downside, we can expect to see even film-school flicks requiring us all to don silly-looking glasses from now on.