Fujifilm’s second-gen 3D camera

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August 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm  •  Posted in Cool Gadgets by  •  0 Comments

If you’re interested in shooting 3D stills and movies, Fujifilm’s FinePix Real 3D W3 is worth checking out. This second-generation 3D camera will shoot 3D movies in 720p High Definition (with stereo sound) and 3D still images. (The company’s first 3D camera, the Real 3D W1, won a 2010 TIPA award for best imaging innovation.)

You can view the 3D content without glasses on the camera’s 3.5-inch LCD screen (or on the $500 Real 3D V1 3D photo viewer’s eight-inch screen). The 3D content will also play on most 3D TV sets, but you might need to use 3D glasses.

The FinePix Real 3D W3 captures 3D images using a pair of zoom lenses and sensors. These form the left and right parts of a stereoscopic view that eventually becomes the 3D image or video. The camera’s image processor handles the conversion to 3D. Fujiflim says the lenses have a slightly greater separation that the average distance between people’s eyes, which helps enhance the 3D effect. You also have advanced 3D settings for special shooting circumstances.

The W3 will also take regular still images, and has a 10 megapixel sensor. One of the novel aspects of this camera is the Advanced 2D mode. Rather than using the dual lenses and sensors to create matched stereoscopic images, you can set each lens/sensor independently to take two different 2D shots of the same scene simultaneously.  For example, you could set one lens to wide angle and the other to telephoto, or have one sensor capture a colour image and the other a B&W image.

The 3D image and video can be edited using the included MyFinePix Studio software (Windows only). Fujifilm says it will also be offering a 5×7-inch 3D print service on its website.

The SRP of the FinePix Real 3D W3 is $499.99. Fujifilm Canada says it will be available in September.

Specification Highlights

  • Captures 3D photos and 720p HD movies in 3D with stereo sound
  • Onboard 3.5-inch 3D LCD shows content without the need for 3D glasses
  • Advanced 2D shooting modes include Tele/Wide and two-colour simultaneous shooting
  • Twin 10-megapixel CCDs
  • Twin 3x optical zoom lenses
  • Direct 3DTV connection (cable not supplied)
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