HDC-Z10000 Professional 3D Camcorder: Not Just for the Pro

November 8, 2011, By George Lang

Panasonic, the originator of 3D camcorder technology, brings us the well-appointed HDC-Z10000; and, considering the starting price for industry-standard professional 3D camcorders is about $15,000, the $3000 price tag for the HDC-Z10000 seems remarkably enticing (CNET). The price, by itself, will not bring pro-3D camcorder technology to the masses; however, the serious amateur movie-making buff or filmography student will find this device an attractive inroad to previously financially unreachable goals.

Delivery for the 3D camcorder is set for late in the upcoming holiday season. Despite limited accessibility to the product, early reviewers have been overwhelmingly positive about its potential.


Panasonic HDC-Z10000 Professional 3D Camcorder

XDC-Z10000 positives include optical image stabilization (OIS), a vast improvement over electronic image stabilization (EIS). This anti-shaking technology is provided in all three dimensions, making it ideal for those with uncontrollably shaky cam-hands. For the audiophiles among us, Panasonic has delivered on digital 5.1 surround sound with XLR inputs for remote microphone recording.

At the heart of the HDC-Z10000 lies Panasonic’s award-winning 3MOS imaging technology for brilliant, clear, and colorful pictures. It boasts an industry-leading macro capability for filming from under 18” from the subject.  To add to the accolades, Panasonic has received an excellent referral from none other than Greenpeace for its environmentally-friendly efforts.

The HDC-Z10000 has user-friendly automation built into virtually every function, helping to make it a consumer-attractive product; but it is also replete with virtually every professional customization feature that is manually imaginable, making it an excellent option for professionals.

The camcorder has no internal memory but offers two SD card slots. The slots are designed to recognize the very latest in SD formats, including 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB SDHC and SDXC cards. The memory cards switch seamlessly during recording and are capable of many hours of high definition 3D recording. “3D shooting modes comprise 1080/50i, 1080/24p and 1080/25p frame-sequential AVCHD. In 2D, you have the option of 1080/50p, 1080/50i, 1080/24p and 1080/25p. There are no 1080/60 options.” (CNET)

Panasonic has been a Japanese industry leader for nearly 100 years (since it was known as the Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.). Its Technics brand brought it near the pinnacle of high-end audio after the middle of the 20th century. After creating 3D camcorder technology in the new millennium, it fell behind Sony in the following of standardization formats. With the HDC-Z10000, Panasonic is back with a vengeance and is poised to retake the lead. The camcorder is an excellent choice for those semi-pros who want the versatility of a professional 3D camcorder, as well as less-adept consumers who want to take professional movies, in a user-friendly operational mode.

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