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

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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