Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3
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Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 – one of the best point and shoot 3D cameras on the market
26 November 2011
Conclusion: The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is a great 3D camera if you want to be able to film 3D content, but unless everything in your house is 3D or you want to store photos and videos of your children in 3D for when they grow up, it’s not really worth paying the $600 asking price, especially since newer and better cameras are around the corner.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix REAL 3D W3 is one of only two 3D digital cameras which offer a unique way to capture 3D images with a natural perspective. This is accomplished by a very sophisticated design which is bound to become the benchmark for 3D digital-capture. This design includes two folded-optics 3X optical zoom lens mounted 75mm apart along with two 10 megapixels image sensors.
Pros: Natural 3D imagery, Direct 3D Viewing LCD, Automatic 3D focusing, Manual parallax control, 3D HD Video capability, Instant toggle between 3D and 2D modes, Modifiable parallax after capture, Dedicated movie mode, Good color accuracy, Excellent white-balance, Accurate autofocus, Good build quality, Simultaneous dual 2D shooting features, Can store 3D and 2D images at once, 3D glasses not required
Cons: Lenses easily blocked, No direct EC button, No physical aperture, Difficultly framing, No close focusing in 3D, Reduced angle-of-view in 3D modes, Aspect ratio varies with parallax, Noise visible at all ISO, Smudges fine details, Strong corner softness, Distortion at wide-angle, Generally quite slow, Restricted LCD viewing, Short battery life, Large file size
Conclusion: If 3D imagery is not for you then you really would benefit from a specific 2D camera, although if it is then the Fujifilm W3 is really the only 3D camera out there that offers you the ability to review your images straight away on the back of the camera, minus the glasses! The big plusses aside from the obvious 3D benefits are that the W3 will still offer you enough 2D options to get through most shooting situations as well.
Excerpt: Surrounded by 3DTVs and reconstructed skeletons of prehistoric creatures at New York's Museum of Natural History, last night we spent some hands-on time with Fujifilm's latest 3D compact. Having tried out all of its new features, as well as the ones that have been carried over from last year's Real 3D W1, it's fair to say that this is a big step forward.
Excerpt: FujiFilm's Second "REAL 3D" FinePix camera, the REAL 3D W3 not only captures 10-megapixel 3D photos, but it's also the worlds first digital camera that can capture 3D HD movies. With the help of Fuji's Real Photo processing unit, dual Lens and twin 10-megapixel CCD technology, the W3 is able to record 720p video in 3D.
Conclusion: FujiFilm is to be commended for introducing a twin-lens, two-CCD 3D digicam. It’s a second-generation effort, and while improvements have been made, it’s hard justifying the price (we’ve seen it for $449 at legit online dealers). There will be a boatload of 3D still camera and camcorder announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January 2011. And from what we’ve seen under wraps, there’s no need to rush out and buy one.
Pros: Very nice auto stereoscopic display, Twin CCDs, two lenses, For adventurous shutterbugs, Terrific Advanced 2D options
Cons: Expensive, No stabilization or AF assist lamp, No zoom with 3D video
Excerpt: The Good Still the only real 3D camera on the market. Significant manual control over 2D and 3D. Glasses-free 3D viewing. Clever use of dual lenses for simultaneous shots. Reasonably good 720p video and stereo sound. Side-by-side capture of 2D with 3D. The Bad Lackluster image quality; leans to overexposed, soft images. Seeing 3D requires an expensive TV or desktop display. 3D formats don't work with Macs or most software. Too expensive compared to equivalent 2D cameras.
Pros: Still the only real 3D camera on the market., Significant manual control over 2D and 3D., Glasses-free 3D viewing., Clever use of dual lenses for simultaneous shots., Reasonably good 720p video and stereo sound., Side-by-side capture of 2D with 3D.
Cons: Lackluster image quality; leans to overexposed, soft images., Seeing 3D requires an expensive TV or desktop display., 3D formats don't work with Macs or most software., Too expensive compared to equivalent 2D cameras., Poor in low light.