A 3D camcorder is a camcorder that is capable of recording 3D video.
3D HD pocket camcorder
A 3D pocket camcorder is similar in size to a compact camera. Many 3D camcorders can record stereo sound and are provided with image stabilization.
The first 3D pocket camcorder is the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1. It has two lenses but only one processor so can be slow when processing 3D.
The Aiptek3D i2 has two lenses and two sensors. The 3D images may be seen in the parallax-barrier LCD panel without glasses. When the device is plugged into an external TV or monitor, the monitor must be able to turn a side-by-side video stream into a stereoscopic display.
In late 2011, Panasonic has announced the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1, its first 3D compact digital video camera. It similar with Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3, the successor of 3D W1, but less the W3's lenticular screen that allows photos and videos to be viewed in 3D on the camera itself without the need for glasses. Video are recorded in 1080p video stream with only one sensor which should be divided in a half each to the left and the right of the picture, so the effective resolution is 960x1080 pixels, near HD resolution at 1280x720 pixels and certainly not Full HD resolution at 1920x1080 pixels.
With shape (not size) as standard camcorder and not similar with other 3D HD pocket camcorders with camera shape, Vivitar Vivicam DVR 790HD 3D can be bought with price about $70. Distance between the two lenses in Vivitar is shorter than the rivals (camera shape). It shoots in HD 1280x720/25p and captures 5MP digital still images fix-focus with 4x digital zoom. Has HDMI output for HDTV and provided with 3D glasses. The 3D camcorder is also provided with YouTube Express which will converts and uploads the videos and photos to YouTube.
The LG Optimus 3D P920 is an Android smartphone, but it can be categorized as a 3D HD pocket camcorder. It has two stereoscopic 5 megapixel lenses and can take 3D video in 720p and 2D video in 1080p.
3D Full HD pocket camcorder
At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony introduced the Bloggie 3D MHS-FS3 camcorder with dual lenses and dual sensors that can record video in 3D HD at 1080p with stereo audio. It can also take 3D stills. It is compatible with 3D TVs, and can display on non-3D TVs as 3D with classic red-blue images visible with the traditional 3D glasses.
3D standard camcorder
A 3D standard camcorder is similar in size to a conventional camcorder with an enlarged lens. The larger lenses provide better images than a 3D pocket camcorder.
Panasonic's HDC-SDT750 was the first consumer oriented standard-sized 3D HD camcorder. It has an HD camcorder body with a dual-lens 3D attachment. In contrast to later 3D camcorders, the HDC-SDT750 is incapable of optical zoom operation in 3D mode. At Consumer Electronic Show 2011, Panasonic launched five 3D-ready camcorders: HDC-TM900, HS900, SD900, HDC-SD800 and HDC-SD90. The previous four models use 3 sensors, which each sensor handling a different colour. And the latest model use only one sensor, but offering a 28 mm wide angle lens, 21x optical zoom (stretched to 40x with combination of digital zoom), Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization and 1080/50p. All the five camcordes offer compatibility with their existing 3D adapter, the VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens, which uses also on HDC-SDT750.
Sony claims its HDR-TD10E is the world's first 'Double Full HD' 3D camcorder. It has dual lenses, dual sensors and dual processors. It has 10x optical zoom, and the 3D image is viewable on its LCD panel without glasses.
JVC's first 3D camcorder is the JVC GS-TD1 which has two lenses and two sensors. It can record 3D HD video in 1080p with stereo audio and has 5x optical zoom and the 3D image is viewable on its LCD panel without glasses.