Fujifilm has released their new FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera. This second generation 3D camera is able to take both 3D and 2D photos on the fly. There are no glasses required to operate the FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera, you can play back 3D photos and videos right on the camera’s 3.5″display. The FinePix REAL 3D W3 is able to shoot 3D movies in 720p HD with the help of a new RP (Real Photo) Processor. It also sports a mini HDMI port so that you can play it back on a 3D television – that ofcourse makes perfect sense, since 3D TVs are all the rage nowadays. But besides for playing your 3D movies and photos back on a TV, or maybe on a 3D laptop, you can also have your 3D photos printed out in 3D at seehere.com.
FUJIFILM invited us to try out the camera at the Museum of Natural History in New York. We used the camera to snap pictures of dinosaur fossils which “came to life” on screen in 3D. Click here for a sample 3D video we took using the camera, or click on the video below. The camera itself is a bit bulky and heavy, but it is very easy to use. The FinePix REAL 3D W3 Camera will retail for $499. That is definitely on the pricey side, but because this is a second generation product it should offer even more value. If that wont convince you, than the fact that there are really no competing products out yet should do it.
The FinePix REAL 3D W3 also comes with a variety of additional functions:
Switch 2D/3D Button: Switch between capturing a subject in 2D or 3D instantly with the touch of a button and effortlessly capture movies and pictures for every kind of scene.
One Touch Movie Mode: No need to fumble to find the movie mode, as the button is located right on the back of the camera, instantly changing from still to movie mode, making it convenient for taking HD quality movies in either 3D or 2D.
Auto and Manual Parallax Control: The camera automatically adjusts parallax in 3D Auto mode for an optimal sense of depth. Manual mode is also possible by operating the Parallax Control lever on the top of the camera to easily fine-tune the sense of depth and alignment of the images. Both can be used to eliminate “ghosting” and increase or decrease the 3D effect.
MyFinePix Studio 3D Movie and Photo Editor: Manually edit captured 3D images effortlessly with MyFinePix Studio software that’s included with the camera. Separate a 3D still photo (MPO file) into left/right still image data, and recombine left/right still photos into 3D photos (MPO file). MyFinePix Studio also lets you freely cut and splice 3D movies.
Manual Shooting Functions: Choose “M” (Manual) mode for the freedom to set shutter speed and aperture. Get instant control of depth of field in “A” (Aperture Priority) Mode. With the built-in “P” (Program) Mode, the camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value.
Scene Positions: Select from among the 13 Scene Positions (SP) that matches the subject and situation. The camera automatically optimizes camera settings for some of the most common shooting environments, making it easy to get great 3D photos in virtually any shooting situation.
Super Intelligent Flash: This advanced flash system automatically adjusts flash output and timing to capture subjects and background in bright, natural detail over the full flash range. No more flash washout even when taking ultra close-up shots.