Ikonoskop A-Cam3D video camera brings 3D to HD
By Alan Brandon
February 26, 2010
Swedish movie camera maker Ikonoskop has announced its new 3D high-def digital video camera, the A-Cam3D. So far Ikonoskop is not releasing many details about the 3D shooter, but they have released a few teaser specs including 1080p 3D video, RAW images in DNG format, choice of lens mounts, and an if-you-have-to-ask price tag.
Ikonoskop may be better known for their built-to-order A-Cam dII digital movie camera and their A-Cam SP-16 16mm film movie camera. The company was founded in 1999 by filmmakers Göran Olsson and Daniel Jonsäter, who still maintain their headquarters, production, and workshop in Stockholm, Sweden.
The A-Cam3D shoots 1080p full HD. Ikonoskop says it takes two 1920 x 1908 pixel RAW images simultaneously, storing them in Digital Negative (DNG) format. The camera supports 25fps and 30fps recording speeds, and offers a 12-bit color depth.
The A-Cam3D appears to have the same milled aluminum construction as Ikonoskop’s A-Cam dII camera, but with a somewhat bigger chassis to accommodate the second lens and sensor. (The distance between the two optical axes is 3.6in. or 91.5cm.) If the company keeps similar specs as for the 2D version, look for the A-Cam3D to feature 0.4 x 0.25in. (10.6 x 6mm) CCD sensors and mounts for PL, IMS, or C lenses.
It is likely that the A-Cam3D will use Ikonoskop’s proprietary memory cartridge for storage. The company claims that each 80GB aluminum module offers writing speeds exceeding 240MBs. Ikonoskop says that each cartridge holds up to 12 minutes of RAW 1080p 2D footage at 25fps. For 3D video, we would expect that number to drop to 6 minutes.
Ikonoskop says the A-Cam3D will weigh 6.2lbs (2.8kg) including the battery and the memory cartridge. Availability and pricing information have not yet been announced, however the A-Cam dII is priced at US$9500 so expect the A-Cam3D to be more than US$10K.
For details visit ikonoskop.com.
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