Fujifilm confirms 'world's first' 3D stills and films compact
Silly cardboard specs not required
Updated Fujifilm has finally officially unwrapped what it’s claimed is the world’s first compact camera capable of snapping both still pictures and films in 3D.
Fujifilm's FinePix Real 3D W1: dual lenses allow for 3D capture
As previously reported, the secret to the 10Mp FinePix Real 3D W1’s ability to capture 3D content lies in its dual CCD sensors. These replicate the work of human eyes by quickly snapping one image for the left-hand eye and another for the right-hand peeper.
A “Real Photo Processor 3D” chip inside the camera then synchronizes the images passed to it by both CCD sensors to produce a single snap.
Images and films are displayed on a rear-mounted 2.8in Real 3D LCD display, for which you won’t need to don those silly specs.
Stills and films can be watched without specs
An Interval Shooting mode also enables you to manually adjust the camera’s 3D settings, such as focal length - making it possible to easily capture fast-moving or long-distance scenes, Fujifilm claimed.
When shooting in bog-standard 2D mode, the camera’s dual lenses allow two slightly different shots to be taken with a single shutter button depression. For example, you could take a close-up view of your friend at a party and simultaneously snap a second image with a wider span that takes in the surroundings.
Fujifilm has equipped the FinePix Real 3D W1 with a 3x optical zoom and top ISO sensitivity of 1600. Several pre-set shooting modes also feature on the camera, the firm said, including Sunset, Snow and Party.
2D capture's still possible
The 123 x 68 x 25mm, 260g camera stores all pictures and films onto SD memory cards.
Fujifilm’s FinePix Real 3D W1 compact camera will be available in September, but a price hasn’t been set, yet.
Various online sources have since reported that the FinePix Real 3D W1 will cost roughly £570 ($941/€662) in the UK. ®
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Not use to me
I've got a serious case of bung eye, so when one eye is looking north, the other is looking NNW. This means I have no stereo vision, bad depth perception and can't see 3D effects.
Apart from that, this camera manages the unlikely combo of looking cheap and being stupidly expensive. No thanks. For 700 quid you should be able to get 2 entry level SLR's and a bit of angle iron.
Price is very relative. I remember buying the first gen Sony minidisk player/recorder available in this country and it was £500 in about 1991/92. I've Still got it and it still works great, but I seldom use it.
That was serious cash back then, but £500 today, although still too much to be comfortable about loosing, is worth considerably less.
I still have my trusty old Tag Heuer after 20 years (before they got naff) which I wear all the time in showers, swimming and in bed and that was about the same price. Now that *was* a worthwhile purchase. It seems a bargain now.
What if you only have one eye?
Btw they're releasing a 3D display for those wanting to look at their pics/footage somewhere other than the camera back. You can bet that's going to cost major bucks.