I have lived in the Vegas area for almost five years and I admit that I love the Strip (it’s the driving involved to enjoy it that I detest!). Among the benefits is having access to tech stores beyond the frou-frou stuff, like the Sony store in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.
After seeing the HDR-TD30V at CES 2013, I thought it was the next 3D camera for me (the Fuji W3 is wonderful for still stereoscopic photos but really does a poor job at doing sharp 3D video). After finding out that it is svelte because it has a few fewer features than its predecessor – the HDR-TD20V – I played with this older model, now on clearance. Among the features "left out" of the current unit are the embedded 64-gig of memory (you have to provide your own from the start) and the manual dial. The manual dial was the deal breaker for me. The older TD20V model was now less expensive but still big on the figures that mattered in the 2013 model.
Thanks to Bob, Selenne and, in particular, George, I am now charging the battery for this baby. You will now be seeing even more of the Vegas Valley and Strip in stereoscopic glory with the new 3D camera. When the Varizoom Stealthy arrives early next week, you will see the footage with a anticipated smoothness.