Amateur photographers and movie makers should have little difficulty filling out their wish lists this holiday season. Camera manufacturers, like Sony and Fuji, have recently unveiled a new breed of affordable, easy to use 3-D cameras, all costing less than $1,500. Here are a few good options:
Using only one lens, the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX9 ($400) shoots a blast of up to 100 frames per second as it is moved slowly from side to side. The camera’s software then merges the frames into one brilliant image that can be viewed on a 3-D ready high definition television.
With the Fujifilm FinePix 3D W3 ($500) users can capture still photographs and video with stereo sound. This camera records a continuous video stream for each of its two lenses and then combines the streams into a single movie file using an internal processor.
Looking to add a little oomph to your home movies? With a screw-on lens component and internal sensor that saves multiple video streams into a movie file viewable on a 3-D HDTV, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 high definition camcorder ($1,400) is able to produce Blu-Ray quality video with multi-channel surround sound.