View the World in Digital 3D

I have recently been thinking about a new camera. My current camera is 5 years old and new technology intrigues me. Do I need a new camera? The answer is no, but it is fun to think about it any way.

I have always had a certain fascination with 3D. I grew up with the GAF View-Master and remember the first 3D movie I saw, Friday the 13th Part 3. More recently, I used an old Kodak Stereo Realist camera to take 3D photos, until I stopped using film. The fact is that people, places, and things are not flat.

20091203_View the World in Digital 3DAt several shows and conferences I have seen the Fuji W1, which is a digital 3D camera with two lenses. It has the ability to shoot two pictures simultaneously as well as all the features present in many digital cameras. It also includes a unique 3D display. Most recently, a consumer panel at the I3A Imaging Innovation conference had very positive comments about this camera.

The FinePix Real 3D W1 W1 camera is listed on the Fuji web site as available for $599, so it is for real. Now I just have to figure out how to get one.

As an aside, not all of the reviews are positive as reflected in this review from Akihabara News, but I still want one.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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