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Sony HDR-TD10E

Wednesday 31 August 2011


Rating of 4

The basics

We've seen a host of 3D camcorders appearing over the past few months, making it easy to record your own movies and take advantage of the latest 3D TVs, laptops and even smartphones. The Sony HDR-TD10E is the world's first full high-definition 3D camcorder – read on to find out if it lives up to expectations.

The good

As with other 3D camcorders – such as JVC's GS-TD1 – the Sony HDR-TD10E delivers vibrant 3D images via two of most things. There are a couple of lenses, and a couple of sensors, and the camcorder can record two images simultaneously. This allows full 3D movies to be shot, also taking advantage of Full HD technology. The Sony HDR-TD10E isn't just about shooting in 3D either. The 3.5-inch display – which is also a touchscreen panel – offers full 3D playback, bringing your movies to life without having to wait until you get home. There's no need to use 3D glasses either, which is handy. The screen doesn't have to be used in 3D mode – if you're getting a headache from filming, it's easy to switch it back to 2D again, letting you get the best of both worlds. Features on the Sony HDR-TD10E include a 10x optical zoom, letting you get up close to the action, and it's a big step up from the JVC's 5x zoom. You'll definitely appreciate the Sony HDR-TD10E when it comes to playback on a proper screen, however. With high-definition 3D content displayed on a 3DTV, images are gloriously lifelike, and really do jump out at you.

The bad

There's nothing exciting about the design of the Sony HDR-TD10E. It's compact and square, and although this makes it easy to pack away when you've finished filming, it's not a particularly ergonomic camcorder to use.

The bottom line

The Sony HDR-TD10E is well worth a look if you're in the market for a Full HD 3D camcorder. Features like the 10x optical zoom make it a versatile solution, and it's also incredibly capable when it comes to 3D footage. Just don't expect it to come cheap.
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Caroline sim

I am looking forward to buy this camera next week. I love gadgets. Nice review on blogs.

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This camera has beautyfull picture aspecial on a 3D tv really suprising. But as so often with sony it does has some unneccasary min points. Like the software for editing, what is the point of buying an expensive camera with beautyfull Full HD 3D picture when you can not make a nice movie out of it, the software Sony profide with this camera is pretty useless its a pitty and this kind of thoughtlesnes might make camera's like this wont make it to a bigger market. When does the production department of sony start to learn

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I would love one of these. I have been introduced to the 3D movie scene using the Sony 3D Bloggie. It too takes excellent 3D pictures but it only cost me £99.00 delivered. Anyway, I have used Cyberlink Director 10 and it does a reasonable job of editing the footage. It's not a capable as Pinnacle (for 2D) but it does offer 3D titles & transitions. I'm still not able to make a 3D Blu-Ray disc but have managed an MKV stereoscopic file playable on my Samsung 3D TV via hard drive.

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