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

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Our verdict

There’s no question that the W1 makes light work of taking digital 3D images and it is far easier to handle and operate than a twin-camera rig.

The novice can snap away without noticing any significant difference between shooting 3D or 2D images apart from when they look at the results. Compared to many modern 2D digital compact cameras, however, the W1 is rather awkward to handle and the screen is difficult to see outside. Of course, this won’t put off the experienced 3D shooter who wants to travel a bit lighter and have the convenience of a pocketable compact camera that is ready to 
use almost as soon as the lens cover is snapped back.

Viewing 3D images has always been a challenge. You can’t just put a print on the wall and see the 3D effect. To view an anaglyph, 3D glasses with coloured lenses must be used, and a stereoscope is necessary for viewing twinned pairs of images. The W1’s LCD screen, the Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D V1 viewer and the lenticular prints manage to overcome this provided they are viewed straight on.

Although 2D images may be produced, the whole point of the FinePix REAL 3D W1 is to take 3D images, so it is very strange that Fujifilm leaves the user to work out how to process, view or print the images on anything other than its own 3D products. Some 3D software really should be included in the package.

A word from the experts

What stereo photography enthusiasts think of the REAL 3D W1

Alexander KleinAlexander Klein
Webmaster,, International Stereoscopic Union

The Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 is a fully integrated stereo camera that removes the hassle of synchronising two 2D cameras. With the automatic stereo window correction, even an amateur without any 
3D experience can produce good stereo images without major errors.

Of course, an experienced stereo photographer will be able to tweak the images even further with freeware software such as StereoPhoto Maker. By manually adjusting the stereo window and correcting the last few remaining errors, the results can be even more pleasing.

The W1 is now my camera of choice for everyday use as it fits in almost any pocket. For more delicate work, where I have to be able to adjust the stereo base (the distance between the lenses), I still use a twin rig.

Bob Aldridge and Brian MayBob Aldridge
President, The Stereoscopic Society,

I applaud Fujifilm on the introduction of the W1; it is the first general-purpose, integrated digital stereo camera that can be taken everywhere. The results are great for all practical purposes, but it is not without some negatives.

First, the flash is between the lenses and it casts opposing shadows in the stereo pair, giving a strange appearance.

Second, the image quality leaves a little to be desired. Its LCD is amazing, giving a good, solid three-dimensional image, but it can be hard to see outside if the light is at all bright. It can also show a certain amount of ‘ghosting’ if you aren’t careful to control the depth in your scene. With a lens separation of 77mm, which is wider than most people’s eye separation, depth is a little exaggerated.

Nevertheless, none of these negatives is really a ‘deal breaker’. The W1 may be the only option if you want a sleekly packaged digital stereo camera. It really is an excellent piece of equipment, and that screen is a real bonus. I’m sure many people will find that it is all they need to show their 3D images off to their friends.




White Balance:Automatic and 7 preset values
Built-in Flash:Auto flash, effective range (ISO auto): normal, wide approx 60cm-3.7m/2-12.1ft; telephoto approx 60cm-3.3m/2-10.8ft. Macro (2D only), wide approx 30cm-80cm/1-2.6ft; telephoto approx 60cm-1.6m/2-5.2ft. Flash modes: redeye removal off – auto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow synchro. Redeye removal on – redeye reduction auto, redeye reduction and forced flash, suppressed flash, redeye reduction and slow synchro
Sensor:1/2.3-in CCD x2
LCD:2.8in, approx 230,000-dot colour LCD monitor with Light Direction Control, approx 100% coverage
Output Size:3648x2736 pixels (4:3), 3648x2432 pixels (3:2), 2592x1944 pixels (4:3), 
2048x1536 pixels (4:3)
Memory Card:Internal memory (approx 42MB), SD, SDHC
Power:NP-95 Li-Ion battery (included), AC power adapter AC-5VC (included)
Weight:Approx 260g (excluding accessories, batteries and memory)
Exposure Modes:Programmed, aperture priority, manual, 13 scene modes, ADV 3D: Interval 3D shooting, Individual shutter 3D shooting ADV 2D: Tele/Wide simultaneous shooting, 2-Colour simultaneous shooting, 2-Sensitivity simultaneous shooting
Lens:Fujinon 6.3-18.9mm f/3.7-f/4.2 equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera
ISO:Auto ISO 100-1600 in 1EV steps
Shutter Speeds:Manual 1/2-1/1000sec; night 1/8-1/500sec; night (tripod) 3secs-1/500sec; all other modes including auto 1/4-1/1000sec
File Format:3D still image: MPO+JPEG, MPO (Multi Picture Format compatible); 2D still image: JPEG; 3D movie: 3D-AVI (stereo AVI format with 2 image channels); 
2D movie: AVI format (motion JPEG with sound)
Metering System:TTL 256-zones metering, multi, spot, average
Dimensions:Approx 123.6x68x25.6mm
Focusing Modes:single AF. AF mode: 3D centre; 2D centre, multi (for face detection off only)
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 High-speed
Video:640x480 pixels, 320x240 pixels (30fps) with stereo sound
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. LCD and viewing
  5. 5. Our verdict
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