Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3: 3D Photography for Regular People

I have been fascinated by 3D ever since I peered into View Master as a kid. In college, this fascination was further fueled after reading Bela Julesz’s classic book Foundations of Cyclopean Perception (1971). This week I finally bought a consumer grade 3D camera to continue exploring this fascination of mine.

Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 (product page)

The W3 is a second generation product. You’ll note from my photo that it has two lenses that are set apart at approximately the same width as most human eye pairs. It can record both 3D 10 megapixel still photos as well as 3D 720p HD video. The camera’s 3.5-inch preview display provide glass-less 3D viewing. The two lenses can also be used to take simultaneous 2D photos with different settings (e.g., wide angle on one and zoom on the other).

I plan to share my learning experiences in consumer 3D photography here going forward. One early item will be an iPad app that I’ve already reviewed here. It turns out that this app can also deal with Fujifilms’ MPO 3D still photo file format. Stay tuned.