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Fujifilm develops compact 3D digital camera

Finepix Real 3D W1 captures 3D stills and video

Fujifilm W1 Real 3D digital camera

Fujifilm has developed a compact 3D digital camera, which is expected to launch in the UK this September. Featuring two CCD 10Mp image sensors, the Finepix Real 3D W1 can take 3D photos and capture 3D video.

Fujifilm‘s Real Photo Processor 3D merges the images taken from the left and the right lenses to create a single MPO image file. This can then be viewed on the camera’s 2.8-inch LCD, or transferred to the specially designed 3D digital photoframe, the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D V1.

3D video

The W1 camera is able to capture 3D video footage (640 x 480), which is saved as a 3D-AVI file. According to Fujifilm, around an hour of 3D video can be saved to an 8GB SDHC memory card, while the same size card can store around 530 3D photographs taken at the highest resolution.

The Fujifilm W1 camera features many functions that you would expect from a regular compact digital camera, including a flash, a range of shooting modes, several white balance presets and a self timer. There’s a 3x optical zoom, which can be digitally increased to 3.8x when taking 3D images, and 17.1x when taking regular 2D images.

No larger than a regular compact digital camera

There’s 48MB of internal memory, and the ISO sensitivity can be set between 100 and 1,600. Face detection is possible when taking photos in standard 2D. The zoom can’t be used when recording video.

Fujifilm Real 3D V1

The W1 is no larger than a regular compact digital camera. It’s around 124mm wide, 68mm high and 26mm deep. Fujifilm claims that it weighs 260g without its battery and memory card.

Emerging 3D photo technology

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘We’re already seeing big steps forward in 3D technology within computer games, TV, and cinema entertainment. It’ll be interesting to see if digital photography follows in suite, and how well products such as this are received.’

The 8-inch Finepix Real 3D V1 picture frame is expected to launch alongside the W1 camera. It has an 800 x 600 resolution screen, 512MB of internal memory, and is able to recognise xD, SD and SDHC memory cards. It has a 4:3 aspect ratio and weighs 630g.

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The Fujifilm W1 camera is expected to sell for around $600, and the V1 digital picture frame is expected to retail at around $200.

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