Which 3-D technologies are worth price tag?

LOS ANGELES Consumer Reports tested various products to find out which ones are cutting edge and which ones just don't cut it.

Watching /*3-D*/ TV isn't just about sports or movies. More and more 3-D video games are coming out. At Consumer Reports' labs, the games are creating quite a buzz.

Video games are just one of many 3-D products now on the market. There are also 3-D laptops. However, Consumer Reports' tests on an Acer laptop show the 3-D effects aren't very exciting and the viewing angle is very limited.

However, Consumer Reports' Terry Sullivan said a 3-D point-and-shoot camera is more promising. The Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera is pricy at $600, but it shoots 3-D photos and videos.

"It's really cool that you can watch 3-D video on this camera without needing to wear special glasses, but you have to shoot it horizontally, not vertically," explained Sullivan.

However, take a pass on the camera's $500 3-D digital frame. Tester Rich Fisco saw double images and experienced eyestrain.

What about those latest 3-D TVs being tested at Consumer Reports? They include a 63-inch plasma from Samsung and a 40-inch Sony LCD. Testers are still finding big differences in performance.

"So far, we're finding that plasma is a better technology for 3-D, and when it comes to screen size, bigger is definitely better for 3-D's immersive experience with movies and video games," said tester Jill Willcox.

Consumer Reports advices that if you're looking to buy a high-end TV right now, go ahead and get one that is 3-D. Top rated ones are the Panasonic VT-20 and VT-25 series, which start at about $2,500.

However, there are other expenses like additional glasses, which cost more than $100 a pair. Also, you'll need a 3-D Blu-ray player for movies. Those run $200 to $400.

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