Breaking News: 3D Camera

Do you want to replace your digital camera with FujiFilm W1? You can try a brand new 3D Digital Camera? FujiFilm develops a 3D camera that shoots two images and combines them into one. The company's system, called Real 3D, hopes to eliminate the need for glasses by using 3D displays and a 3D film that can be layered over prints.

After a series of development notices, the Fuji 3D system is now getting solidified with actual product announcements, the Fuji 3D W1 camera and the Fuji V1 3D frame! This is a system that is of interest or at least piques the curiosity of photographers and gadgetologists alike. So let's see what Fuji has cooked up for us...

Fujifilm W1 Specs:
- 10.0 million pixels
- 1/2.3-inch CCD x2 sensor
- MPO+JPEG, MPO (Multi Picture Format compatible)
- 3D-AVI (Stereo AVI format with 2 image channels)
- 2D AVI format (Motion JPEG with sound)
- Auto / Equivalent to 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
- Internal memory (Approx. 42MB) and SD/SDHC Memory Card.

This sleek-looking camera has two 10mp 1/2.3" CCD sensors and two 3X optical zoom lenses (35-105mm). We have to give Fuji credit for showing megapixel-restraint here. Now, the lenses may not be much in terms of zoom ratio when compared to traditional cameras, but building and synchronizing two lenses on 3D is no easy task!
The camera can take both 3D images and 3D movies.

In addition to the 3D features which are the existential raisin (rough translation of "raison d’être") of this camera, we applaud Fuji for taking advantage of this configuration to offer traditional (2D) photography some additional features, what Fuji calls Advanced 2D mode. This has different settings, for example, "Tele+Wide" allows you to take the same picture at different lens focal ranges. Also, the "color mode" allow you to record the same scene with different "tonalities", such as fujichrome or standard. You can also adjust the "sensitivity" settings between the two sub-systems. The press release barely scratches the surface, so we may have to wait for the user-manual or detailed previews/reviews to find out more about these!