Fujifilm 3D Camera

There have been a couple companies that have shown off full-sized 3D displays, but Fujifilm had a couple of products that caught my eye. The first was a stereoscopic camera called the Finepix Real 3D W1 that not only functioned as a 3D Camera, but also featured a glasses-free 3D display on the back. The camera was capable of using the separate cameras in different functions, allowing you to zoom one in, and take a wide angle with the other simultaneously.

They featured a miniature 3D display as well, which was the size of a regular digital photo frame but contained the same technology as the camera screen. As far as getting into hacking a 3D display, this would be a good place to start, though the ~$400 price might be a bit of a put off.

22 thoughts on “Fujifilm 3D Camera

    1. Thats what it looked like. It had the same “Sweet-Spot” problem, the viewing angle for the effect was ~30-40 degrees or so.

  1. “Stereo film cameras never took off and I dont see how this would.”

    One reason why this might succeed where film cameras failed is that we now have a way of viewing the images in 3d.

  2. I’m aware of stereoscopy, but it’s very different to viewing a normal photo, isn’t it? If you can do convincing 3d in a picture frame without the need for glasses, that might fly. I’ve never seen one in person, so I’ve no idea how convincing it is.

  3. I had a bit of time to kill at Heathrow about a week ago, and an electronics store in Terminal 5 had this camera on display with all the others. I didn’t get a lot of time to play with it, but switching modes was not intuitive. It was stuck in some mode that required two shutter presses to record a 3D image–one for the left and one for the right. Made taking a decent image difficult and I couldn’t figure out how to switch modes…

    The display on the back was kind of neat, but it definitely had limited viewing angles for the 3D effect to work nicely.

  4. The only 3D display I can imagine to truly succeed are the ones based on high resolution integral imaging techniques. It is essentially lenticular based technology, which tries to emulate the holographic principle, but you need display resolutions of at lest 1600 DPI. Until then, we will be sticking with 2D for a while.

  5. @joe

    I had a chance to be shown the camera at a tradeshow. The mode you are talking about is for specifically creating different 3d effects. It allows you to adjust the distance between the “eyes” to exagerate or lessen the 3d effect depending on distance to the subject.

  6. Tachikoma: if you’re “at least 1600 DPI”, you’re already in holographic density since most of the commercial hologram producers I saw were 300-2400 DPI.

  7. ehrichweiss: You need a fairly high DPI to minimise blurring and more importantly, to create smoother transition steps between viewpoints.

  8. i picked up one of these when i was in japan (on release day actually), the mode you had it in is for macro shots mostly. Fujifilm have just started their printing service now and I’ve got some prints on order atm :)

  9. @nf My great granfather had a 3d camera and a 3d viewer. It’s called a stereoscope and they have been around for over a century.

  10. 8-[ what a strange question.

    The text indicates yes. “The camera was capable of using the separate cameras in different functions, allowing you to zoom one in, and take a wide angle with the other simultaneously.”

    A 3D picture is also a 2d picture. That is how you see in 3D; two 2D images.

  11. whats quite cool is that if you watch a 3d film and stick the glasses over the lenses the resulting recording is in 3d too :)
    1st pirate of a 3d film you say?

  12. For mounting the results video use stereovideomaker for pics use stereophotmaker both free programs mpo can be be input as well left/right picture than you can choose alot of output like anaglyph, side by side above below lenticulair etc.

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