Sony 3D camera
New technology will make possible 3D HD sports coverage, shooting at up to 240fps

This is Sony's prototype single-lens 3D broadcast camera, capable of shooting at speeds of up to 240 frames per second and due to be demonstrated at next week's CEATEC Japan 2009 consumer electronics show.

The new camera is said to get over some of the problems of existing 'half mirror' twin-lens 3D cameras, which require complex internal technology to keep the 3D image aligned when zooming or changing focus.

The Sony design uses mirrors instead of shutters, allowing the 'left eye' and 'right eye' images to be captured simultaneously.

What's more, the speed with which the images are captured means that even when watching 3D images without the special glasses required, the 2D image doesn't appear blurred.

At the heart of the new camera is a new 240fps CMOS sensor, Sony saying this makes the camera particularly suited to shooting rapid action, such as sports events.

More after the break

We'll bring you more about the demonstrations in our CEATEC Japan 2009 coverage, starting next Tuesday.