A new camera from Sony which film full HD STEREO images. The two images are stored in a single file as separate streams, along with the 5.1 audio. This camera is about £1,000 so making it by far the cheapest camera that can film FULL HD STEREO images. The camera also has a 3D LCD screen that works without glasses, which does look pretty amazing. The drawback of the screen is that you cannot get too close or the 3D effect does not work, and if you are looking at slightly the wrong angle then you see a double image rather than a 3D on. Apart from recording full HD STEREO images this camera has other advantages over the Panasonic 750 - you can zoom the picture in 3D mode and you also have control over the convergence of the image when filming so you can change how close, or far away an object is. The major problem with this camera is how to edit the footage - currently the ONLY program that we have that understands this footage is Sony Vegas Pro 10/11. If we take the 3D file into any other editing program or even use CineForm, then you only see the results from one eye. This means that you can film in STEREO but it is very easy to produce a standard, mono, DVD/Blu-ray in any program which can accept AVCHD files, however, it does create more of a problem for editing. We expect this to change over time, since, at the time of writing this article at the end of October 2011, the camera is actually very new so many programs have not yet had the chance to support it.
At DVC as soon as we heard about this camera we went out and bought one for our own use!