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Fujifilm Finepix REAL 3D W3 Summary

10 Megapixels10 Megapixels720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Fuji Finepix REAL 3D W3 Assessment

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. These lenses each capture the same scene simultaneously from different angles which are combined by the camera into a 3D image which is directly viewable on the large lenticular 3D LCD without special glasses. Viewing 3D images can also be done on a modern 3D HDTV or 3D digital picture frame or printed using special lenticular paper.

The REAL 3D W3 can also shoot regular 2D images using only one of its lenses, but that is certainly not the point. As a 2D camera, it is quite basic with a minimal zoom and functionality other than manual controls. Image quality in 2D is reasonable but does not compare the the best similarly-sized cameras. In 3D, we got the same image quality but with a sense of depth. Depending on the subject, depth is more or less easy to perceive but some images really pop-out of the 3.5" LCD. Fuji has fitted this camera with controls over perspective including the ability to individually shoot each image and produce custom perspectives which can be exaggerated compared to real-life.

Looking for the cool-factor of 3D in the palm of your hand? The bottom line is that the Fuji Finepix REAL 3D W3 is the only game in town. It delivers on its 3D promise with a quick and simple way to capture both 3D images and 3D video. Comparing it to 2D models would not be fair, although its 2D performance is not bad, it does not compare well to the performance of lower-cost ultra-compacts like the Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR
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PROS CONS
Natural 3D imagery Lenses easily blocked
Direct 3D Viewing LCD No direct EC button
Automatic 3D focusing No physical aperture
Manual parallax control Difficultly framing
3D HD Video capability No close focusing in 3D
Instant toggle between 3D and 2D modes Reduced angle-of-view in 3D modes
Modifiable parallax after capture Aspect ratio varies with parallax
Dedicated movie mode Noise visible at all ISO
Good color accuracy Smudges fine details
Excellent white-balance Strong corner softness
Accurate autofocus Distortion at wide-angle
Good build quality Generally quite slow
Simultaneous dual 2D shooting features Restricted LCD viewing
Can store 3D and 2D images at once Short battery life
3D glasses not required Large file size
AverageAverage Average

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Fujifilm REAL 3D W3 Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels 3D Fixed LensISO 100-1600
3X Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-3s
1 FPS Drive, 40 ImagesFull manual controls
1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3.5" LCD 1.2 MegapixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
Internal Memory
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