A new 3D high definition consumer camcorder is about to be released by JVC, which combines a couple of proprietary lenses, a pair of CMOS sensors and a newly developed imaging engine to simultaneously record both left and right 1920 x 1080i resolution images. The GS-TD1 benefits from 5x optical zoom while recording in 3D mode, optical image stabilization, onboard solid state storage and a glasses-free 3D touch panel display.

JVC's latest Everio camcorder addition combines two 3.32 megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensors with JVC 3D TWIN HD GT F1.2 lenses, which is said to effectively offer two different 3D HD cameras in one camcorder body. The company has developed a new high-speed imaging engine called FALCONBRID that can simultaneously handle two 1920 x 1080i full HD images on a single chip. There's auto parallax adjustment, optical axis auto image stabilization, and each camcorder will come shipped with Everio MediaBrowser 3D Edition for management, editing and sharing of content.

The GS-TD1 also supports other shooting modes, including the widely used "Side-by-Side Format" for both 3D and 2D AVCHD shooting. The unit will also snap 3D digital still images, with each of the proprietary lenses benefiting from extra-low-dispersion glass that's said to result in crisp, high contrast images. The camcorder also features round iris diaphragms to enable a background blurring (bokeh) effect.

Movies and images can be stored on 64GB of internal Flash memory, with expansion and/or portability possible via an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, and can be reviewed in-camera on the 3.5-inch glasses-free 3D touch panel LCD monitor. The company has also included its own BIPHONIC sound processing technology for claimed dynamic 3D audio.

The GS-TD1 is set for release in March at a cost of US$1,999.95.

It will be interesting to see if this release, along with others from Panasonic and Sony, will give the broader 3D market a much-needed boost.

Have a look at JVC showing off the new camcorder at CES 2011: