Yesterday, it was announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 may have 3D capabilities. This comes right after a weekend where "OZ the Great and Powerful," the latest in a long line of expensive 3D movies, had a historic opening. In fact, it did so well that the original "Wizard of Oz" is now being converted into 3D. What has happened since this column doubted 3D less than one week ago?
On Saturday, I was on a photo shoot project where a 3D image of NY apartment buildings was in the backdrop. When I first saw the image, I thought the set design team had built a panorama. However, when I got closer to the image, I realized it was all on one layer. I am unable to show you a picture of the image, but can say that it proved what a great future 3D printing has.
Yesterday, I was given Sony's 3D HDR-TD20V Handycam to play with. It shoots 1080i (not p) 3D videos. Both lenses shoot 1920 x 1080 resolution videos and combine them. The results, which combine Dolby Surround Sound, are quite delicious. You can watch 3D videos on the glasses-free viewfinder (which works better than any other glasses-free viewfinder I have seen), or attach the camera to your 3D television through the HDMI port.
The best thing about Sony's 3D video camera is that you can easily play back and convert your videos in 2D. So if 3D videos somehow become obsolete or if you want to watch your videos on your MacBook Pro, there is nothing to worry about. Even though Sony hasn't been successful making every consumer crave 3D, this camera proves that they won't give up trying.
Just yesterday, a survey claimed that consumer interest in 3D television sets is rising due to lower prices and more content. Things certainly changed in the past week since I said all things 3D are slumping. Now, it's off to the theater to see "OZ the Great and Powerful" in eye-catching 3D. I'll have my review soon.