Fujifilm unveils 3D digital camera

July 22, 2009
Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 camera

Japan's Fujifilm unveiled Wednesday a compact digital camera that can be used to shoot three-dimensional (3D) photos and movies that can be viewed without special glasses.

The FinePix REAL 3D W1 uses a "groundbreaking" system comprising two lenses whose images are merged in a single 3D picture or movie, the company said.

Users can view the images on the camera's rear display screen or a larger separate monitor. Fujifilm said it would also offer a special 3D photo printing service.

"Viewed with just the naked eye, 3D images come alive with breathtaking reality and natural beauty," Fujifilm said in a statement.

The gadget will go on sale in early next month with a price tag of 60,000 yen (640 dollars), followed by overseas markets in late August.

• You can find more information about FinePix Real 3D W1 at www.fujifilm.com/products/3d/camera/finepix_real3dw1/

• Brief introduction to Fujifilm REAL 3D Technology is available here.

(c) 2009 AFP

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moj85
1 / 5 (1) Jul 22, 2009
no videos no proof
Ashy
5 / 5 (2) Jul 22, 2009
How can they be "viewed with just the naked eye"?
Supermegadope
4 / 5 (1) Jul 22, 2009
I went to their website and did a little digging, apparently you need to also buy their 3d viewer

http://www.fujifi...eal3dv1/
Darkside
not rated yet Jul 22, 2009
At a glance i'd say they are using a stereoscopic system (The same way your eyes work), being that there are two lenses? You usually need special viewing lenses to see 3D stereoscopic photography. The trick works by taking two photos of exactly the same scene from two slightly different angles, when viewing the overlapping images through stereoscopic glasses you get an amazing 3D view of the scene.
NonRational
not rated yet Jul 22, 2009
Hologramatic ink?
Alburton
not rated yet Jul 22, 2009
Hologramatic? Even Stereophotonic!!
Veneficus
1 / 5 (2) Jul 22, 2009
How can they be "viewed with just the naked eye"?

Viewing 3D without glasses is possible, but in those cases you need to look at the screen from a certain distance and angle, since the image can only be reproduced for one specific spot, unlike with "real" holographic images.
nilbud
not rated yet Jul 22, 2009
Oh wow the holograms are real
Mombo_Dogface
not rated yet Jul 22, 2009
Here is a link that shows what they are talking about. The sample is the one at the top of the page with the girl in orange.

http://www.fujifi..._02.html
Nik_2213
not rated yet Jul 23, 2009
Wow ! Jumps out at you !!

Okay, I'll say it-- Tricorder !!

Still too low-res for CSIs, but great for on-line brochures, catalogues etc.

Um, remember those fresnel cards and 'buttons' that you'd rock for 2.5D ??

FWIW, I had a pocket 35mm 'panoramic' camera that took 'letterbox' format. Unfortunately, the format was too specialised and the sole UK lab discontinued support. Digital should endure...

physpuppy
not rated yet Jul 26, 2009
Veneficus - yes the angle of view (and distance from the monitor) is restricted for the 3D but when you see the image without glasses, it is amazing.

A few examples (no pictures :-)) :

(2004)
http://reviews.cn...410.html

(2009)
http://www.cdrinf...Id=25452

3D Television (2005)
http://www.nytime...ran.html

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