Though Fujifilm introduced its FinePix Real 3D technology and camera prototype a year ago, and announced the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 point-and-shoot and the FinePix Real 3D V1 viewer globally back in July, the camera and viewer were officially launched in the U.S. yesterday.
According to Fujifilm, its Real 3D system comprises the W1 camera, the V1 viewer, and 3D prints from Fujifilm's SeeHere.com online photo printing and sharing site. By using dual lenses set approximately as wide apart as human eyes (and two CCD sensors), the Real 3D W1 is able to capture three-dimensional still images and videos. Rather than requiring 3D glasses for viewing the resulting stereoscopic images, stills and movies shot from the W1 camera can be viewed directly on the camera's specially designed 2.8-inch LCD (with "Light Direction Control" to allow the 3D viewing effect), the Real 3D V1 viewer's 8-inch LCD screen, as well as the 3D prints from SeeHere.com that layer a plastic lenticular sheet over the print to produce the 3D effect.
You'll pay a lot for all of this awesomeness, though: the W1 camera is priced at $599.95, the V1 viewer is $499.95, and prints cost a whopping $6.99 a pop. But if you're willing to cough up the dough, the products are available immediately through www.shopfujifilm.com and coming soon to Nvidia's Gear Store.