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Old Dec 31, 2011, 4:03 PM   #1
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Default Aiptek 3D IH3 - 1080/30P 3D camcorder

Aiptek is offering for sale the first 3D 1080P camcorder. $280. Store says it ships in 3-5 days.
No manual available online, yet and the the specifications lack detail.

Dual 5MP image sensors. Digital zoom, not optical. Fictional zooms of 10X in 2D mode, only 4X in 3D mode. Does not have enough pixels to even do a real 2X zoom in 1080P mode. Lens is probably a fixed focus lens. Stereo mic but does it have a stereo microphone input? And what is the sample rate and codec? Claims 30P but will it sustain 30P frame rate without skips or slowing down due to low light? No mention of an image stabilizer. 3D parallax LCD display. NP60 LiIon battery. USB 2.0 and MiniHDMI. No displayport, VGA, composite video, or component video out. If they had used displayport you could get adapters to any of these. No mention of whether you can control whether or not the on screen display overlays on HDMI while recording or even if the HDMI port is active during recording or setup. No mention of whether USB supports USB High Speed, USB PTP/MTP, PTP/MTP camera control, USB OTG/host mode (for connecting hard drive, keyboard, USB sound cards, GPS receiver, etc.), or USB Video Class (for webcam use). Does charge from USB. No mention of GPS or geotagging. No IEEE-1396. Camcorder form factor, unlike their previous 3D camcorder. "Exposure control: auto" - so no manual exposure control? Minimum focus distance is 1M - no macro focus. Uses SDHC media up to 32GB, no SDXC and no mention of speed class required. No mention of video modes lower than 720P or any high frame rate modes. Does claim 720/60P in text but doesn't mention this in specifications.

No mention of intra-frame only video compression option. No mention of timecode/genlock inputs. White balance specs ("Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten") suggest you can't set the white balance using a grey card.

There is no mention of MP3 playing, let alone OGG Vorbis, FLAC, or AAC.

Limited to slightly less than 30minutes for each recording, though they claim you can record up to 16 hours (2D or 3D?) of 1080P on a 32GB SDHC card.

Interpupilary distance is not specified and looks pretty narrow; i.e. does not match the human eye spacing.

They say in a couple places that the "embedded software" or "built-in software" supports youtube uploading but there is no apparent internet connectivity. Embedded software is not the same as bundled software. Elsewhere, they admit it is only the bundled software. There is no description of what operating systems the software runs on - probably windoze only. No Linux. No FreeBSD. No Mac OSX. No android.

Someone has posted a sample video (converted to red/green stereo):
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 5:52 AM   #2
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Cool,but these cameras are so slow in coming out and yesterday, they should be up to fullhd50p 3d by now.
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