Thanks to its twin lens and sensor arrangement, Fujifilm’s FinePix REAL 3D W1 makes taking 3D images easier than ever before, so perhaps it is time to capture the third dimension
LCD and viewing
Unlike the monitor on a standard digital camera, the LCD on the W1 has a novel Light Direction Control System that ensures the left and right eyes receive a slightly different view to give subjects a 3D look.
To see the images correctly, the screen must be viewed straight on, as moving to the side results in only one of the two merged images being visible.
It’s a very effective system and when viewed indoors, where the ambient light levels are lower, 3D images look great with plenty of depth. As you’d expect, foreground subjects appear to stand out from the background.
Fujifilm also offers the FinePix REAL 3D V1 viewer, which is a digital picture frame with a parallax blocker that directs light separately to our right and left eyes to impart the 3D effect. Like many other viewers, the V1 has a stand to allow horizontal or vertical display, but it can only display 2D images in the vertical orientation – the W1’s lens arrangement is set up for horizontal images. The V1 can display images on inserted memory cards, from a PC via a USB connection or from the W1 via infrared transfer.
During the summer Fujifilm plans to introduce a 3D dye-sub printer service, which uses lenticular media, into the UK.
Currently, 3D prints may be made from W1 files, but they have to be ordered online from Fujifilm. As the prints are made in Japan it can take a few weeks before they arrive. The new service will take just a few days and enable W1 users to have prints made in four sizes from 4x6in to 6x9in.