After posing the question in my last blog post about whether or not the LG Optimus 3D smartphone was unique being able to film and take photos in 3D using two lenses, I did a bit of digging and found that Fujifilm have a digital camera that can do the same job.
The Fujifilm Finepix W3 3D Digital Camera has two 10 megapixel lenses and two CCD (Charge-coupled device) sensors that take images at the same time to create a 3D image. The 3D image can be viewed without 3D glasses on the 2.8” LCD screen. The camera also takes standard photos and features a 3x optical zoom and standard camera gizmos. The current best price I could find for the camera is
£400 at Tesco Direct. £244.50 at Amazon.co.uk. (wow, I that’s an incredible price compared to others charging £400)!
I also found this video from PCWorld where they discuss 3D tech including the Finepix w3 3D camera. It’s a good intro to 3D tech, although I disagree that “passive” 3DTV displays are in any way newer than the “active” 3DTV’s. Sky showed its first 3D broadcast of a UK football match in pubs this time last year on passive 3D TV’s. Due to the adoption issues of “active” 3DTV’s, passive tech is now coming back as an option. Perhaps in the USA, passive displays are new…?