In the last two weeks, many 3D cameras have been marked as discontinued or their price has been slashed, suggesting they are being discontinued, or their availability has been sharply curtailed.
It is likely that vendors are clearing out inventory the week before Christmas in anticipation of announcing new 3D cameras at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show during the 2nd week of January.
B&H Photo has marked the Fujifilm Finepix 3D W3 camera as “discontinued”; Walmart.com says the same thing. I own this camera and find it a lot of fun for shooting quick 3D stills. A lot easier than my dual camera setups!
Amazon has marked the dual lens, dual camera 3D Toshiba video camera down to $159.95; B&H was at $149.95: Toshiba Camileo Z100 3D Digital Camcorder Camileo Z100
That is a remarkable price for a stereoscopic 3D video camera recording dual video channels (at 960×1080) – and amazingly, the Z100 includes an external mic input too. Main drawback is lack of image stabilization to control for shaky handheld shots.
The Panasonic Lumix 3D1, which was carried by Amazon itself until a few weeks ago, is now only carried by resellers: Panasonic digital cameras Lumix 3D shooting black DMC-3D1-K. And B&H Photo lists this camera as “discontinued”.
My guess: We will see many new 3D cameras at the 2013 CES!
I plan to be at CES and will be filing reports on cameras, especially micro-four thirds systems, 3D photo and video cameras, and tablet computing devices. Some of my camera items will appear here and at least one other web site. More info as we get closer to CES!
- Best mirrorless cameras for less than $1,000 (reviews.cnet.com)
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II has been discontinued (ubergizmo.com)
- Dual Camera Controllers for 3D photography (coldstreams.com)
- Panasonic’s newest cameras to interface with iPhone and Android phones (coldstreams.com)
- Toshiba Camileo WiFi 1080p Camcorder w/ 4GB SD Card for $69 + free shipping (9to5toys.com)