Fujifilm has introduced what it says is the world’s first 3D digital camera that is capable of recording both 3D still images and high-definition 3D movies: the FinePix REAL 3D W3.
The North American event marking the introduction occurred Tuesday evening, August 17, in New York City at the American Museum of Natural History, where a plethora of bony three-dimensional subjects provided ample opportunity for the press to try out the camera’s functions.
Fujifilm North America division president Go Miyazaki said that distribution for this model would be wider than for its precursor, a 3D camera without HD movie recording capability, to coincide with the growing popularity of 3D TVs, which he said could reach the two-million-sales mark in the U.S. by the end of 2010. “We hope to leverage that” with the new camera, he said.
The device uses twin 10-megapixel CCD sensors and dual FUJINON 3x optical zoom lenses (35-105mm) that are spaced 75 mm apart. Synchronized control of the twin CCD sensors releases the left and right shutters at the same time. This technology not only assures the production of a synchronized image, but, according to Fujifilm, also provides some unique 2D advanced shooting modes. The 2D functions include simultaneous wide angle and telephoto shooting, simultaneous black-and-white and color shooting, and simultaneous shooting at two different sensitivity settings. The movie function records audio in stereo, said Fujifilm.
The FinePix REAL 3D W3 has a built-in autostereoscopic 3.5-inch 3D widescreen LCD that allows the photograher to immediately view a 3D still image without using special glasses. The camera also uses a new RP (Real Photo) Processor and is equipped with a new Mini HDMI port for playback on most 3D TVs. It measures just under an inch (21.0 mm) at its thinnest point and weighs 8.5 ounces with battery and Memory Card installed.
Printing of captured 3D still images is possible, said Fujifilm, through uploading the files to SeeHere.com, which is described as a photo printing/gifting/sharing web site that where the user can purchase 5-inch-by-7-inch 3D prints for $6.99 each.
The FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera is due at retail in early September at $499.95.