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Panasonic AG-3DA1 Integrated Twin-lens 3D Camera Recorder
|The Integrated Twin-Lens 3D Camera Recorder Accelerates 3D Video Production
Real-life 3D images are expected to find widespread application in fields ranging from movies and TV broadcasts to industrial and educational uses. In response to the rapidly growing
needs for 3D image production, Panasonic now offers a revolutionary solution: AG-3DA1 the integrated twin-lens FULL HD 3D camera recorder. The AG-3DA1 features a camera section with two integrated
lens systems that are configured to resemble the human eyes, and a recorder section that records left-channel and right-channel full-HD images using the high-quality PH mode of the file-based
AVCHD format. With the same approximate weight and size of a 2D camera recorder, the AG-3DA1 is easy to handle. It's also quick to operate, as it doesn't require any adjustment of the left and right
lens alignment such as vertical gap, size difference, rotation and luminance difference.
The AG-3DA1 frees the user from the kind of complex, cumbersome
procedures of a conventional rig-type 3D camera system. Data files recorded onto a memory card are readily processed using a nonlinear editing system. With its excellent mobility , flexibility and low
cost operation, the AG-3DA1 opens the door to 3D image production
Schematic of the AG-3DA1:
The AG-3DA1 left-channel and right-channel optical sections, image sensors, signal processing circuits and recording section are precisely synchronized. The AG-3DA1 outputs
left-eye and right-eye full-HD image signals as simultaneous HD-SDI video and also records to the SD/SDHC memory cards in the AVCHD format.
|Twin Lens System
The high-precision HD twin lens system allows easy acquisition of natural looking 3D images
The Integrated Structure Revolutionizes Mobility for Nimble Camera
The AG-3DA1 Conventional rig-type 3D camera systems are large and heavy because they mount two existing cameras onto a robust frame. They also require a
separate recording system and power supply unit, which makes the cable connection complex and restricts the location and the type of camera work. As a result, the scenes that can be acquired with a
rig-type 3D camera system are limited. The compact body of the AG-3DA1 integrated twin-lens FULL HD 3D camera recorder weighs only 2.4 kg (5.3lb). AG-3DA1 offers the same portability and mobility as
a conventional 2D camera recorder for flexible image acquisition. The AG-3DA1 enhances camera work for all kinds of 3D image production.
The Twin-Lens System Sets You Free From
Complex Camera Adjustments for 3D Images
To achieve natural-looking 3D images, you need to pay close attention to the following key points for left- and right-eye
images: (1) Vertical deviation, (2) Angle deviation, (3) Difference in brightness and color, (4) Rotation error, (5) Correct adjustment of the convergence, (6) Appropriate image composition. With a
conventional rig-type 3D camera system using two separate cameras, these adjustments have to be made precisely for each and every scene. The two integrated optical systems of the AG-3DA1 eliminate
the need for manual adjustments of (1) through (4), because they're performed entirely inside the camera recorder.* The optical systems are assembled with high precision, and the lenses, image sensors
and signal processing circuits for the left and right systems are accurately synchronized (see the diagram on the previous page). The AG-3DA1 lets you concentrate only on the convergence adjustment and
*Fine adjustments of the vertical position, focus and iris are also possible.
HD Twin-Lens with No Adjustment for Image Acquisition
AG-3DA1 The distance
between the two lens axes is approximately the same as the distance between the human eyes, to provide easy-to-view, natural-looking 3D images. The HD twin-lens system is set with a distance of about 60
mm (2.3 inches) between the two lenses. The lens axes, viewing angle, rotation, and gradation are pre-adjusted before the components are precisely assembled. This eliminates the need for
lens adjustment before shooting. Camera operations such as focusing, zooming and iris adjustment are also synchronized for the left and right lenses.
The new twin HD lenses were designed exclusively for FULL HD 3D image acquisition. They boast low chroma aberration and high resolution, and deliver superb color reproduction, detailed nuances
and crisp 3D images even in dark scenes - with minimal flare and ghosting. A built-in 5.6x (approx.) optical zoom function, which extends from 47.1 mm (35 mm equivalent) wide angle to 264 mm (35 mm
equivalent) telephoto, covers a wide viewing angle that is well matched to 3D content production.
Convergence Point Adjustment Function
AG-3DA1 The convergence
angle between the two lenses is varied 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, and acquires natural-looking 3D images. The AG-3DA1 convergence point can be adjusted easily by using the CONV (convergence) dial* while viewing the L/R-MIX image
on the LCD monitor.
*The dial function is switchable between CONV (convergence) adjustment and IRIS (iris) adjustment.
Display Functions Assist 3D Image
The LCD monitor and viewfinder of the AG-3DA1 both display a variety of information to
assist 3D image shooting and ensure superb 3D effects.
• 3D Guide: This displays numerical values for the distance range of the subject to achieve better 3D effects while viewing.
Natural-looking 3D images can be captured by using the displayed information as a guide. This function offers two modes: Guide Display 1 mode assumes playback on screens that are 196 cm/ 77
inches or smaller, and Guide Display 2 mode is designed for a screen size of 508 cm/ 200 inches.
• Convergence Point: This displays the numerical value of the
convergence point together with the 3D Guide to assist adjustments.
• L/R-MIX Monitor Image Selector: The image display on the LCD monitor and viewfinder can be selected from three modes: Left
Lens (no mode indication), Right Lens (R-IMAGE) and Left/Right Mix (MIX).
*When the subject is located outside the distance range indicated by the 3D Guide, it may result in a double image or an unnatural
image without proper 3D effects.
Dual 3MOS for High-Quality FULL HD 3D
The AG-3DA1 is equipped with two 1/4.1 type 2.07-megapixel (approx.) 3MOS units for left- and right-eye images. Full-pixel full-HD left- and right-eye images
are accurately synchronized to create FULL HD 3D images.
|6-Mode Gamma includes "Cine-like" mode
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam, Panasonic has equipped
the AG-3DA1 with advanced gamma functions that address six different shooting scenarios and enhance your creative abilities.
AG-3DA1 Gamma Modes
||Suitable for HD recording
||Works to flatten out a high contrast scene
||Expands the tone of dark parts and makes a brighter image the contrast softens
||Makes the contrast sharper than LOW
||The Cine-Like mode shifted to prioritize dynamic range
||The Cine-Like mode shifted to prioritize contrast
Image with VIDEO
Image with CINE-LIKE GAMMA
Advanced Image Adjustments Built-In
• Matrix Tables: Enable quicker color settings for each scene, with three modes:
NORM1, NORM2 and CINE-LIKE.
• Knee point settings: Low, Mid and High
• Adjustable H detail level, V detail level, and detail coring
• Adjustable chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and
High Image Quality Color Viewfinder and LCD
The AG-3DA1's color EVF uses a 1.14 cm/0.45 inches approx. 1,226,000 dots-equivalent (852 x 480 x
3 [RGB] ) LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) display panel. This system delivers bright, detailed, high-resolution images and a high response speed. The AG-3DA1's LCD monitor is a 8.13 cm/3.2 inches
panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. With approx. 921,000 dots (1920 x 480), it boasts high resolution.
Focus Assist Functions
The AG-3DA1 has a focus
ring for manual focusing, much like a conventional 2D camera recorder. As a focus assist function, a focus bar is displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder. The AG-3DA1 also features a PUSH
AUTO button that temporarily activates the auto focus function.
Simplified Waveform and Vectorscope Display
The AG-3DA1 has waveform
and vectorscope display functions of the captured video signal on the LCD monitor.
* for only Left channel signal in camera mode.
|Two User Buttons
The AG-3A1 allows four functions (listed below) to be assigned to two user buttons. Assigned functions can be accessed at the touch of a
||Displays the right-eye image on the LCD monitor and viewfinder.
||Overlays the left-eye image and right-eye image on the LCD monitor and viewfinder.
||Records a shot mark.
||Pressing this button does not activate any function.
Other Professional Camera Features
• White balance: Two memories (A/B) and Preset (3200K or 5600K).
• Mode check: Displays a list of the camera settings on the
viewfinder and monitor.
• Zebra: Select any two levels from among 50% to 105%.
• Color bar and 1 kHz test-tone output.
• Tally lamps: Provided on the unit's front and rear.
Superb Mobility for Low-Angle Shots
Lightweight camera body weighs 2.4 kg (5.3 lb.) approximately. The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom control
(with three speeds). This design assures easy shooting even at low angles. The excellent mobility of the AG-3DA1 allows flexible camera angles that are not possible with other 3D cameras.
|File-Based Recording to Two Memory Cards
Using the two Left/Right memory card slots, the AG-3DA1 records left-channel and
right-channel full-HD images simultaneously to two SD/SDHC Memory Cards. The solid-state memory card ensures high reliability and withstands operating temperatures of ?25°C to 85°C
(-13°F to 185°F). This enables use in harsh temperatures and fluctuating humidity. It is also free of dropouts and head clogging. With memory cards, there is no need to search for a blank
space to record. Data is automatically recorded in an available space. This eliminates accidental overwriting of existing data. After shooting, recorded clips can be previewed or deleted
immediately. After recording, data can be uploaded to editing software without digitizing. SD/SDHC Memory Cards are inexpensive and can be easily purchased in local markets.
* Use SDHC/SD Memory Cards of Class 4 or higher.
SDXC cards cannot be used.
HD Multi-format Recording
Multi-format HD recording in the AG-3DA1 responds to a host of 3D content production needs and worldwide applications. It supports the following HD video formats. The
maximum recording time is approximately 180 minutes in each mode (when two 32 GB SDHC cards are mounted in the Left/Right slots).
AG-3DA1 series Recording Format
|• 59.94Hz mode:
||1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native*), 720/60p
|• 50Hz mode:
||1080/50i, 1080/25p (over 50i), 720/50p
* In Native mode, the AG-3DA1 records only active frames.
AVCHD PH Mode for FULL HD 3D Recording
The AG-3DA1 records in AVCHD PH mode, based on MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile, which is the latest video
compression technology. With more than twice the compression efficiency of MPEG-2 (such as in HDV), AVCHD provides both high image quality and a low data rate. PH mode was developed by
Panasonic exclusively for AVCCAM professional video production. Boasting 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps), which is the maximum bit rate for the AVCHD format, the AG-3DA1 records 1920 x 1080 full-pixel HD
images. The multi-slice feature of the PH mode also helps to speed up processing by nonlinear editors that are equipped with multi-core CPUs, by using parallel processing to take full
advantage of the CPU power.
When a flash causes large contrast differences and reduces correlation of consecutive image, HDV shows considerable block noise, while AVCHD in the PH mode minimize break-up.
|Versatile Solid-State Recording Functions
• Thumbnail View for easy playback or deletion of clips displayed on
the LCD monitor
• Shot mark: Allows convenient OK and NG marking, and can be added to each clip during or after recording.
• Rec check: You can check the end of the most recently
recorded clip with one-touch ease.
Clip Metadata Function
In AG-3DA1 You can create a metadata upload file (produced with AVCCAM Viewer software) containing information such as clip name, the name of the camera operator, the recording
location, and text memos on an SD/SDHC card, and load it as clip metadata. This information will be very useful when it comes to editing the project and quickly finding the right clip to place on the timeline.
Professional-Level Audio Input
The AG-3DA1 is equipped with two audio input channels for digital audio (Dolby Digital)
recording. The AG-3DA1 also comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and with XLR-type audio input terminals (2 channels, mic/line switchable, 48 V compatible) on the rear panel. You can
switch audio channels 1 and 2 separately to either line or front mic input. Large level adjustment dials are easy to operate and offer high visibility.
SMPTE Time Code Generator/Reader
The built-in SMPTE time-code generator/reader lets you select the Drop Frame/Non-Drop Frame and Free Run/Rec Run modes, preset and
regenerate. User bits are also provided.
HD SDI Simultaneous Output with Sync-Rec Function
HD SDI Left/Right terminals on the AG-3DA1 allow camera-through or
playback left-channel/right-channel FULL HD 3D image output (simultaneous). AG-3DA1 enables 3D images to be monitored on a BT-3DL2550 3D Video Monitor. When the external recorders/recorder
are/is connected, line recording of camera-through FULL HD 3D video signals is also possible
|HD SDI Simultaneous Output with Sync-Rec Function
AG-3DA1 HD SDI Left/Right terminals on the AG-3DA1 allow camera-through or
playback left-channel/right-channel FULL HD 3D image output (simultaneous). This enables 3D images to be monitored on a BT-3DL2550 3D Video Monitor. When the external recorders/recorder
are/is connected, line recording of camera-through FULL HD 3D video signals is also possible.
HDMI 3D Output
The AG-3DA1 features an HDMI output terminal that outputs FULL HD 3D video signals for viewing on 3D VIERA and Panasonic 3D plasma displays. This terminal outputs camera-through signals or
left-channel/right-channel FULL HD 3D playback signals.
*1: HDMI output and HD SDI output cannot be used simultaneously.
3D Compatible Camera
The AG-3DA1 camera remote terminal allows remote adjustment of the convergence point in addition to the focus, iris, zoom and REC start/stop.
||DC 7.2 V (when the battery is used)/7.9 V (when the AC adapter is used)
||17 W (recording)
||0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
||10 % to 80 % (No condensation)
||Approx. 2.4 kg (5.3 lb) (excluding battery)
|Dimensions (W x H x D):
||158 mm × 187 mm × 474 mm, excluding the projecting part
(6-1/4 inches × 7-3/8 inches × 18-11/16 inches)
||1/4.1 type MOS solid-state image sensing device × 3 × 2
||Effective picture elements: Approx. 2,070,000 pixels × 3 (16:9) × 2
||Motorized 5.6 x zoom, F1.8 (WIDE) to F2.4 (TELE)
Focal Length (f=4.2 mm to 23.5 mm)
(35 mm equivalent: 47.1 mm to 264 mm), 16:9
|Optical Color Separation:
|Optical Axis Interval :
||Approx. 60 mm
|Minimum Shooting Distance:
||Approx.1.2 m (47-1/4 inches) (all zoom range)
||0 to +24 dB (variable in 1 dB steps)
|Color Temperature Settings:
||3200 K/5600 K preset, Ach, Bch
|Shutter Speed [set to 59.9 Hz]:
60i, 60p mode: 1/60 sec., 1/100 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec.
30p mode: 1/30 sec., 1/50 sec., 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250
24p mode: 1/24 sec., 1/50 sec., 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec.
60i, 60p mode: 1/60.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
30p mode: 1/30.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
24p mode: 1/24.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
|Shutter Speed [set to 50 Hz]:
50i, 50p mode: 1/50 sec., 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec.
25p mode: 1/25 sec., 1/50 sec., 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250
50i, 50p mode: 1/50.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
25p mode: 1/25.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
||SD Memory Card: 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB (FAT12 and FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB,
32 GB (FAT32)
||AVCHD PH mode
[set to 59.9 Hz]
1080/60i*2, 1080/30p*2 (over 60i*2)
1080/24p*2 (native*3), 720/60p*2
[set to 50 Hz]
1080/50i, 1080/25p (over 50i), 720/50p
||Approx. 21 Mbps (VBR/PH mode)
||Approx. 180 min. (rough
with a Panasonic SDHC 32 GB Memory Card is used
|SD Memory Card slot:
||2 slots (for left/right)
|SD Memory Card:
||Maximum number of clips to be recorded continuously: 200 clips
(when formatting and recording continues without removing the
Maximum number of clips to be played back: 200 clips
(up to 200 clips can be displayed)
||HDMI type A connector × 1, HDMI
3D compatible (not compatible with VIERA Link)
[set to 59.94 Hz]:
1080/60i*2 (Frame Packing)
1080/24p*2 (Frame Packing)
720/60p*2 (Frame Packing)
1080/60i*2, 720/60p*2, 480/60p*2
[set to 50 Hz]:
1080/50i (Frame Packing)
720/50p (Frame Packing)
1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50p
|HD SDI Output:
||BNC × 2 (HD SDI 1/2 for L/R), 0.8 V [p-p], 75 Ω
[set to 59.94 Hz]:
1080/60i*2, 1080/24PsF*2, 720/60p*2
[set to 50 Hz]:
||Recording/playback: Dolby Digital/2 channels
||PH mode: 384 kbps
||XLR 3-pin × 2 (INPUT 1, INPUT 2), High Impedance
LINE: 0 dBu, MIC: ?50 dBu/?60 dBu (selectable in menu)
||2 channels (Linear PCM)
||Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) × 1
||20 mm (round) × 1
||Super mini jack (2.5 mm diameter) × 1 (ZOOM, REC S/S)
Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) × 1 (FOCUS, IRIS)
Super mini jack (2.5 mm diameter) × 1 (CONV.)
||81.3 mm (3.2 inches), approx. 921,000 pixels, 16:9,
LCD color monitor
||11.4 mm (0.45 inches), approx. 1,226,000 pixels, 16:9,
LCD color viewfinder
||AC adapter with AC power supply
Battery (5400 mAh × 1),
Battery charger with AC power supply cable,
Microphone holder with adapter and screws,
Eye cup, Lens cap, Input terminal cover × 2,
Screw spacer, CD-ROM (contents repair software)