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Sony is set to reveal a new single lens 3D camera at next week’s, CEATEC Show in Tokyo. The move comes as Sony and Panasonic get set to slug it out with new 3D cameras and a new generation of 3D TV’s.

In the past 3D movies have had to be shot using a two camera system for the left and right eye of the viewer according to the BBC.

The new Sony camera shoots a single image that is then split using mirrors and recorded on two sensors, resulting in a “smoother” picture, according to Sony.

Late last week SmartHouse revealed that Panasonic was close to launching a similar camera and there is every chance that they could show their new 3D camera along with their new 50″ 3D Plasma TV at the CEATEC Show.  

Sony has also revealed a 3D camera specifically designed for shooting football games. The technology uses three fixed cameras to record the entire football pitch. The images can them be mapped and, using software, to create a 3D view said the BBC.

“Each camera films a third of the pitch,” explained John Stone, general manager of research and development at Sony Professional. “Because those cameras are set up at the same focal point, they can be stitched together.

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