Meanwhile, Panasonic has six new camcorders that support the VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens introduced with last year's groundbreaking HDC-SDT750 camcorder. The HDC-HS900, HDC-SD90, HDC-SD800, HDC-SD900, HDC-TM90, and HDC-TM900 are compact high-definition camcorders that shoot 960-by-1080 video with each lens when the separately sold 3D lens is attached. It uses "side by side" technology to display the video in 3D during playback, which stretches the 960-line-wide horizontal resolution of each visual channel across the full 1920-line resolution of a 1080p HDTV screen. This entails a downgrade in resolution when you play back video in 3D.
Theoretically, twin-lens setups can shoot both 3D stills and 3D video, but Panasonic's cameras and camcorders do one or the other (but not both) with their 3D conversion lenses: The G-series cameras take 3D still images with the conversion lens attached, and the camcorders shoot 3D video with their conversion lens attached.
Dual-lens 3D cameras and camcorders: Currently there are four major options for fixed-dual-lens, "3D-first" models. All of them capture traditional 2D images, too, but they're designed primarily as 3D cameras and camcorders.
The most advanced compact camera in the 3D realm is the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 ($500), the company's second-generation 3D snapshooter. The W3 has two 3X optical zoom lenses and two 10-megapixel sensors, plus a lenticular display that lets you see 3D effects without having to wear special glasses. The W3 offers manual controls for each lens, as well as some advanced 3D shooting modes that separate it from single-lens 3D cameras; you can also use manual controls to tweak the 3D effect of its 3.5-inch display. It shoots 3D stills in .MPO format, and 720p 3D video in 3D-AVI format. Playback works well when the camera is connected to a 3D TV via HDMI, but no existing 3D TV natively supports the 3D-AVI format.