Aiptek i2 shoots 3D video on a budget

It costs US$260 where some other 3D camcorders are well over $1,000

Aiptek has introduced the i2, a pocket-sized twin lens camcorder that can record 3D video, at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

To see a video report of the i2, click here.

The video camera shoots 2D video in 720p and 3D video at half that resolution. It can also take 3D photographs.

There are a few options for viewing the video. Consumers can watch the video on a 3D-enabled television or use the included software to convert the video and watch it on any television along with red and blue 3D glasses.

"You also have a small, 3D display on the backside of the camera, so while you're filming you can already see the 3D effect," said Kian Badrnejad, a spokesman for Aiptek.

The 2.4-inch screen isn’t quite the same as watching a fully equipped 3D TV but it gives an idea of how the final video will look.

The i2 records to an SD memory card up to 32 GB. The camcorder is available now for 200€ or US$260.

Consumer electronics vendors are aggressively pushing 3D televisions here at IFA, but adoption will ultimately depend on the content created for them. Panasonic showed off 3D cameras for consumers and professionals, but they're expensive; the consumer version is US$1,400.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.

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