Panasonic has announced the development of a 3D lens for upcoming Lumix G Micro System cameras.

Described as ?compact? in size, the lens will allow users to capture images in 3D which can then be viewed using 3D-enabled [Panasonic] Viera televisions, the firm said in a statement today.

The lens will feature two optical lens systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating ?stereo images from the left and right lenses to be processed with a 3D image processing system?.

The viewer will still need to use special 3D glasses to view the pictures in 3D, however.

?The revolutionary new accessory will make high quality 3D shooting possible with an interchangeable lens for the first time.?

Panasonic adds that Lumix G System cameras compatible with the 3D lens are ?to be announced?.

Panasonic claims the lens will deliver 3D images ?without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects?.

The firm adds: ?Until now, 3D shooting with an interchangeable lens system camera has only been possible by using panorama systems or a combination of two lenses and two CCDs, but these systems have drawbacks including the need for a dedicated 3D camera and the difficulties of capturing moving objects.?