After using it underwater for about 100 hours to produce our 3D productions “EXPLORE THE REEFS“ and “LIGHT AND SHADOW“ I can say with a clear conscience…a really perfect dreamteam! But first of all some comments on the camera.
Which camera is the right one :
Panasonic HDC-Z10000 or Sony HXR-NX3D1 ?
We had the choice between the Sony HXR-NX3D1 and the Panasonic HDC-Z10000. While comparison in terms of the technical specifications it turns out that the Sony Kamera in 3D mode has just a few manual settings. Also the ration of basic width to focal length wasn´t correct. It´s pretty different regarding the Panasonic 3D camera. All parameters can be set manually here.
The ratio between basic width and focal length is optimal chosen. Just short…if this ration isn´t correct the filmed objects appear too small (Liliputism) or too big (Gigantism). Illustrating sphere and objects in the “correct” physical exact dimension stereoscopic isn´t easy at all. Explaining the rules of stereoscoping would go beyond the scope. For further informations, examples and rules for stereoscopic filming and photographing just visit: www.stereoskopie.org und www.stereoforum.org
Underwater other laws dominate :
Why does the BS Kinetics Tanami underwater housing fits perfect to the Panasonic HDC-Z10000?
So the first choice was the Z10000. Just the right underwater housing was missing. Everybody who is filming knows that the shooting above water mostly delivers nice footage…but under water other laws dominate, like extreme contrast fluctuations, light absorbtion, suspended particles, etc.. If you rely on the automatic mode of your camera you are lost. Green and blue footage are common results without manual whitebalancing, the autofocus is “pumping” in the deep blue, burnt out parts in the image, this list can be continued endlessly. Without manual control of the most important (or all functions) of the camera nice shots are nearly impossible underwater.
It was clear to me: a housing which doesn´t offer these manual possibilities is out of question. The BS Kinetics housing Tanami offers these manual controls and settings. The buttons, control wheels and levers are right in place and are easy reachable. With other words: all functions of the Panasonic HDC-Z10000 can be controlled by the installed electronic.
Just some of the most important functions: Aperture/Gain, Time, Focus, Convergence. Also a Menu control is available. Via the built-in 5″ HDMI monitor a perfect picture control is possible. Last but not least I have to say: I´m strongly convinced of this system. And…you can write a lot but if you want to make your own assessment just take a look on the results of our production. http://www.amazon.de/THE-ART-OF-DIVING-3D/dp/B00HAN3RHS
Text: Helmut Goerlitz, HGVT