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HDC-Z10000 Twin-Lens 2D/3D Camcorder

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The Panasonic HDC-Z10000 Twin-Lens 2D/3D Camcorder has dual lenses and twin Full HD 3MOS imagers and as such it joins a burgeoning class of affordable, single-body 3D-capable handheld camcorders. But it introduces to this category those three-chip imagers and also true convergence adjustment, which alters the angular orientation of the two 10x zoom lenses. This control facilitates fine control over the location of the "image plane" - the plane from which objects seem to either jump or recede as you're watching them on the big screen, or on the Z10000 camcorder's glasses-free 3.2" LCD monitor.

Convergence can be set to adjust automatically, or you can turn a manual dial to make the lenses' sights diverge or move toward parallel. The lenses shoot fairly wide at a 35mm equivalent of 32mm when in 3D mode, which gives more options for placing foreground/background elements in a 3D scene or for shooting indoors. For close-ups, the minimum object distance is also quite impressive for a 3D camera at about 18" in 3D. The camcorder also puts manual control over focus, zoom and iris at the operator's fingertips in the form of three rings at the base of the dual lenses. Alternatively, you can operate the camera under iA ("intelligent auto") mode and let the Z10000 choose the optimal shooting mode, turning on face detection, contrast control and optical image stabilization as needed.

The HDC-Z10000 records to two SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots either sequentially or simultaneously. In 2D mode, the camera captures several flavors of high-definition AVCHD format video, including AVCHD Progressive at 1080p60. Three-dimensional video is recorded as AVCHD 3D, which uses MVC (multiview video coding) compression. (This format has already started to find compatibility with popular nonlinear editing software programs.) With dual XLRs inputs and a five-element built-in microphone, the Z10000 facilitates high-quality capture of two-channel audio or 5.1 surround sound.

  • Professional-Quality Full HD 2D and Full HD 3D Images - The Double 3MOS System reflects the sum of a number of unique technologies that Panasonic has accumulated
  • High-Sensitivity 3MOS Sensor - The HDC-Z10000 employs two independent, high-sensitivity 3MOS sensors, left and right, each with a three-sensor configuration
  • Crystal Engine Pro II Chip for Enhanced Resolution and Noise Reduction - The ultra-high-speed Crystal Engine Pro II processes the 4K2K-equivalent pixels that are obtained and with pixel shift technology, superb Full-HD image quality is achieved even in detailed images
  • Bright, High-Performance f/1.5 Lens with Nano Surface Coating - Large-diameter f/1.5 lenses are mounted independently, left and right. A Nano Surface Coating is applied to the front lens surface
  • AVCHD Progressive-Compliant 1080p60 Recording - 1080p60 recording (1920 x 1080, 60 progressive frames per second) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Fast-moving subjects, such as in sports scenes, are recorded smoothly
  • Dual XLR Terminals - In addition to the electret condenser microphones that are built into the HDC-Z10000, XLR audio input terminals allow 2-channel input with 48V phantom power supply for external microphones
  • Linear PCM Recording - The HDC-Z10000 features 48 kHz/16-bit linear PCM recording (2 channels only) and captures original sounds faithfully and accurately. This meets the demand for high sound quality, for example, when recording live music performances and the sounds of nature
  • 5.1-Channel Surround Sound System - The HDC-Z10000 is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more three-dimensional effect
  • Manual Rings for Focus, Zoom & Iris - Three independent manual rings allow detailed adjustment of the focus, zoom and iris. You can fine-tune each of these adjustments while viewing the results in the LCD or EVF, so you get the exact images you want quickly and easily
  • True 3D Convergence Control - The convergence angle between the two lenses is variable inside the optical unit. This moves the convergence point (the reference plane of the 3D image) in a fore-and-aft direction to control the leaping and depth effects of recorded objects
  • Glasses-Free 3D from the 3.5" LCD - The 1,152,000-dot, 3.5" naked-eye 3D LCD lets you check your 3D images without any special eyewear. By using a parallax barrier to control the direction of the light, the LCD enables two images captured from slightly different perspectives
  • Color Viewfinder - The bright 0.45" Live View Finder (LVF) features high-speed response and a superb 1,227,000-dot resolution. The LVF makes it easier to optimize the focus, a crucial consideration for 3D recording
  • Independent Control Buttons/Function Memory - Functions that are frequently used for recording, such as O.I.S. ON/OFF, Color Bar ON/OFF, Zebra Pattern Display, 3D Guide Display, Auto/Manual Iris, Auto/Manual Auto Focus and Auto/Manual White Balance
  • Dual SD Card Slot - The dual SD Memory Card slot offers the option of extended recording or backup recording. When two SD Memory Cards are inserted and the first card reaches full capacity, the system automatically and seamlessly switches to the second card
  • Bundled HD Writer XE 1.0 Software - The HDC-Z10000 is bundled with HD Writer XE 1.0 software, which lets you easily cut out MVC format Full HD 3D or 1080p60 2D Full HD images and save them onto a PC
  • One-Touch Still Image Recording - You can record 2D/3D still images (MPO-compliant) at any time, simply by pressing the shutter button. It is also possible to cut out images in all modes while shooting or playing videos. 3D and 2D still images are recorded simultaneously with 2.1 Mp resolution
  • Multi-Format Recording - You can select 2D or 3D recording modes to match the shooting situation. You can shoot AVCHD 3D at either 1080i60, 1080p30, or 1080p24
  • Sophisticated Image Tuning - Advanced image tuning functions, such as gamma mode, knee point, detail, detail coring, chroma levels, chroma phase and master pedestal, can be applied to match the shooting situation. These functions provide excellent expressive control
  • Custom Scene Function - Up to six sets of camera setting data can be stored within the camera, enabling you to instantly configure settings based on the shooting conditions
  • Compact, Lightweight Body - The HDC-Z10000 delivers a high level of image quality in a tight package. It is very easy to carry around and offers superb mobility in cramped indoor locations
  • HYBRID O.I.S.+ - The new five-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ corrects the kind of roll-direction hand shake that often occurs when shooting while zooming or walking, in addition to horizontal, vertical, yawing and pitching (four-axis) correction
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) - The iA function lets the HDC-Z10000 choose the optimal shooting mode automatically with the press of a button
  • Wide-Angle Shooting with 10x Optical Zoom - A wide range of shooting situations are covered by this versatile lens, from 32mm wide-angle shooting (29.8mm for 2D shooting) to 10x optical zooming (12x for 2D shooting, 23x for shooting with Intelligent Zoom)
  • Quick Start-Up - With Quick Power-On, just switch the power on and the HDC-Z10000 is in standby mode in about 2.0 seconds, ready to shoot when you are. When the LCD is closed, the power automatically switches off
  • One-Touch 2D/3D Still Picture Recording - Simply press the shutter button to record a 2D or 3D (MPO-compliant) still image at any time. It is also possible to cut out images in all modes while shooting or playing videos

Essential Accessories

  • Litepanels - Micro LED on Camera Light
  • Purosol - 1oz. Optical Lens Cleaning Kit
  • CGA-D54 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • IR Remote with Lithium Metal Battery
  • Component AV Cable (AV Multi)
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • HD Writer XE 1.0 Software
  • Warranty
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