JVC Professional has introduced its first 3D ProHD camcorder, the GY-HMZ1, at the NAB 2011 trade show in Las Vegas. With an integrated 3D twin lens design, powered by JVC’s proprietary large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed processing of HD video, the GY-HMZ1 can simultaneously record each left and right image in full 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The handheld camcorder features dual 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors – one for each lens – and delivers 34Mbps AVCHD recording in 3D or 24Mbps in 2D. Video can be recorded with timecode at 50i to provide smooth motion (for sports and other fast action) or 24p for a film-like effect. The GY-HMZ1 can also capture 3D time lapse and 3D digital stills.

Equipped with an image stabiliser, the twin F1.2 HD lenses offer a 5x optical zoom in 3D, and 10x optical zoom in 2D. Video is recorded to SDHC or SDXC media cards or to the camera’s built-in 80GB internal memory. The GY-HMZ1’s 3.5-inch colour LCD touch panel offers glasses-free 3D viewing and built-in tools like zebra pattern. Other professional features include a handle with dual XLR mic inputs and shotgun microphone mount.

JVC says that the release date and price are to be confirmed.