The popularity of 3D technology has been evident throughout the Computex technology show in Taipei, with many 3DTVs, 3D Blu-ray and 3D cameras announced. DXG showed off an impressive 3D camcorder, but the gadget is expected to be extremely expensive.
The DVX-5D7, which can record natively in 3D, doesn’t require the use of custom 3D glasses – a feature many early generation 3D camcorders have been unable to tackle. The lesser known tech company from Taiwan also is including a 3.2-inch display, HDMI ports, SDHC memory, and a five-million pixel image sensor.
The camcorder is able to record in 2D and 3D, with VGA used for 3D recording, while “half HD” is used for 2D video. The small camera is about the same size as the human hand, and is DXG’s latest effort to launch a new 3D camcorder for a market that still isn’t interested.
“To be honest, it is difficult to offer a low price because of the high development costs,” a DXG official said during the show.
DXG plans to sell the camcorder under its own brand name, and also expressed interest in offering it to OEM partners. Mass production of the camera is expected to begin this August, but an exact price still hasn’t been released.
Elsewhere in the industry, Fujifilm was demonstrating a 3D still camera at CES, Sony has expressed interest in developing 3D cameras and Sharp is working on 3D video cameras for use in smartphones and other portable electronics. Expect similar announcements during major trade shows for the next two years, as manufacturers look to provide digital cameras and camcorders that are able to capture 3D imagery.
In the short term, expensive pricing will be the major issue that prevents large scale early adoption of the DXG DVX-FD7 and other 3D cameras.