Hi Cobra – your least

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Hi Cobra – your least expensive option is probably a $499 JVC GS-TD1 (shipped from Japan via Amazon).  You can download the English manual here.  This is a fully integrated 3D camcorder that also shoots 2D. This camera was released a couple of years ago, at the height of 3D's popularity, and there are still a few available. Its advantage is that the 3D lens is built-in and requires no calibration or adjustment.

 

This camera got 9 out of 10 stars at Trusted Reviews in the UK, and it was a "Recommended Product" at digitaltrends.com: http://www.digitaltrends.com/camcorder-reviews/jvc-everio-gs-td1-review/

 

The next step up is the $475 Panasonic HC-V720 3D-ready camcorder plus the separate $270 Panasonic VW-CLT2 3D adapter.  With the Panasonics, 3D is an optional accessory.  Yes, the adapters require some calibration, but you can take them off and use the the V720 as a standard 2D camcorder when 3D isn't needed.

 

The "entry level" professional 3D solution is the $2120 Panasonic HDC-Z10000 – which is essentially Panasonic's pro AG-AC90 with a permanently attached 3D lens.  This one is pretty far above your $1000 price point, though.

 

Hope this is helpful!

 

Bill

Hybrid Camera Revolution

 

 

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