Sunday, 20 February 2011

Standing out

On Friday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Panasonic Convention 2011 here in London.

This show is about highlighting the new equipment that will be appearing in the shops over the next few months; and although most of the equipment on show was home entertainment of some sort, TV's, Blu-ray player, Home cinema there was a big selection of cameras and video cameras which held the biggest interest for me.

Over the last couple of years there has been a big upsurge in 3-D films and 3-D televisions, this was noticeable at the show plenty of 3-D TV's on show, including a 150 in one!!!

So what's this to do with the outdoors, I hear you ask. Well Panasonic are introducing cameras and lens that are capable of taking 3-D pictures.

3-D this is nothing new as we have fads of it back in the 50s and cinema has always dabbled in it, I even have some stereoscopic pictures that go back to the 1860s.

Panasonic are not only making lens for their G Micro cameras but also for their video cameras too, which means that amateurs now get the chance to make 3-D movies.

I had a play with both the G2 and the GH2 with the 3-D lens attached and was really surprised at how good the results were, although these were viewed on a 50 in TV.

The 3-D lens for the video cameras also seems to process good video.

Obviously these new lens come at a fairly high price but it is good to see the ability to capture 3-D is coming to the digital amateur market.

1903 stereoscopic print

Thursday, 3 February 2011


“I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!”