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I vividly remember the young and pretty Japanese lady winking at me from a picture post card, 3D picture post card so to say. As a kid I was amazed and it used to give me so much pleasure. When ever I felt blue I fell to this life-like winking lady and immediately came back to mood. When I grew up I came to know that they ware lenticular printing.
So all photography-holics please rejoice the world's first 3D digital camera has been ushered in by Fujifilm which is bound to add that extra dimension to the world of photography, only time will say whether it will revolutionize the world of photography. More so it is becoming quite apparent that SLRs and DSLRs are reaching their ultimate in terms of features and accuracy. Probably the days are not so far when there will be nothing to add as feature in a DSLR. Fijifilm's FinePix REAL 3DW1 might just be the beginning or just a peep into future photography gadgets.
I must say it is being really very difficult for to review a camera which has a totally new approach to photography that Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 do have, but could not resist the temptation when I saw it and more so when attended a demo. I wonder the W1 part of the nomenclature refers to World #1, possible. The basic idea is to convert two 2D images from two 10 mega lenses to composite stereoscopic 3D image.
Scientist and the experts who have been relentless toiling to unearth, one of Gods greatest scientific achievement (if I may use the word), the intricate structure and the scientific principle of functioning of the EYES.
Fujifilm's FinePix REAl 3D W1 is not just a technical marvel but an achievemt which should make the humane race proud. The simple thing is this gadget has adopted the principle of 3D vision nearly perfectly; now think how much more is in the offing!
THE BASIC PRINCIPLE BEHIND THE CAMERA:
It is exactly how the eye works. I wish I could draw some diagrams but since that is not possible let's do it the simple way. Images are captured by using two lenses on the front of the camera. Each taking shots from different angles, the brain of the camera then processes or overlays two images shot creating the 3D image. This is then displayed on the special lenticular LCD; it shows the two slightly different images taken from two different angles. What is the result? It creates an optical illusion as one eyes sees the image shot from an angle (first image) and the other the image shot from a slightly different angle (second image) thus creating the illusion of depth! Isn't it simple? But achieving it technically and on a commercial basis is bloody tough.
HOW FUJIFILM FinePix REAL 3D W1 DOES IT?
Two Fujinon lenses and two CCDs are used to capture 3D images. The two lenses taking the shot from two different angle, these two images are then processed by the Real Photo (RP) Processor 3D. RP Processors 3D is newly developed breed of processor which a are capable of evaluating all photographic factors right from focus, brightness to color tonality, it then merges the two left and right images a 3D image. You don't require those special goggles because Fujifilm FinePix 3D W1's 3D LCD Monitor System is made capable to show the 3D image all by itself.
Don't abhor it grotesque looks. Yes for some, W1 is big or even gargantuan but please make a note it has to be stuffed in with a lot more electrical circuitry and components like two full size compact camera lenses, CCD sensors compared to conventional shooters.The Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 is big
* Measures: 123.6x68x25.6mm
* Weighs: 304gm (inc. Li-ion battery & SD memory media)
Sure will not fit even in those big pockets of your baggy jeans, that's alright, get a good leather bag. Just be proud it has 3D imagery functionality.The guys of R&D at Fujifilm ha s applied a lot of brains and thinking to make it user friendly, first both the lenses are protected by front sliding lens cover while idle. Just rely on ear to hear 'clunk' as they slide open and shut. The spacing of lenses is done intelligently and interestingly-they are spaced more or less same length apart as the human eye so the LCD view is as good as the actual scene. To top it all FinePix Real 3D W1 is crammed in with:
* 8in 3D picture viewer, they fondly call it FinePix Real 3D V1 (very pricey photo frame, mind you)
* A 3D printing service (a Fijifilm direct)
HOW YOU CAN AND CAN NOT VIEW YOU CAPTURE:
The 3D images an only is in three ways:
>> Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1's 3D/2D LCD SCREEN
>> FinePix Real 3D V1 (photo frame)
>> As a lenticular print
<< Not possible to get 3D in PC or TV
<< Not viewable in other photoframe
But I was very happy to note that FinePix Real 3D W1 by default keeps standard 2D file along with it original 3D file for both stills and videos. W1 can always be used as regular camera with dual Capture shooting mode.
Since it is a totally a new concept it is not possible to draw a comparison. To tell you the truth it has impressive performance all the same but it only time and its more exposer to the professional arena will prove whether it is worth while using professionally. Since it can also be use as a conventional camera the picture quality is excellent with its 10 mega sensor producing noise free images at ISO 100, even at ISO 200 it is very much acceptable but ISO 800 it's a bit too noise and do not really get the expected result.
Its audio quality is superb to say the list and the 2.8in LCD monitor performs without any hiccup.
THINGS TO PONDER:
A view finder is almost a necessity and it is pity that FinePix Real 3D W1 does not have one. Since the lenses are mounted horizontally, the 3D effect works in landscape format not holding it up. I am in fact annoyed and disgusted with the menu system and User Interface; it is horrible to say the least.
SOME IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION:
* Sensor: 10 megapixel
* Optical Zoom: 3x
* LCD: 2.8in
* Movie Resolution: 640x480 pixel at 30fps with in-movie zoom
* Memory Card: SD/SDHC
PRICE: At around £430 W1 camera and £360 for the V1 viewer.
The last word is about is the manual provide, it is provided in PDF format written on CD rather than hard copy. (Fujifilm saving money?)
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