With big TV manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung all out touting their 3D displays, it's no surprise that 3D capabilities for digital cameras are picking up steam too. Between yesterday's announcement from Sony of three 3D-capable new point-and-shoots and the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 launched last year, there are now a few options available for digital snapshooters wanting to jump on the 3D bandwagon.
But what about all the digital SLR shooters out there? It isn't likely for dSLRs to start shipping with dual lenses anytime soon (though Sony did announce a firmware upgrade that added 3D Sweep Panorama mode to its Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 interchangeable lens compact cameras), but the Loreo 3D Lens-in-a-Cap 9005 lets you turn your digital SLR into a dual-lens 3D shooter. With versions for both APC-C format dSLRs (like Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony cameras) and Four-thirds and Micro Four-thirds cameras (Olympus and Panasonic), the 3D Lens-in-a-Cap makes taking stereoscopic 3D photos with a dSLR as easy as popping on a lens cap (and coughing up the $175 or so for the device, of course).
The device includes two focusing lenses and a reflector housing with four mirrors to simultaneously produce two images that are offset by the appropriate distance. Note, however, that the maximum aperture is f/11, so you'll need to shoot in bright light (or use a tripod). The resulting stereoscopic 3D images can be viewed with Loreo's inexpensive 3D viewers ($1.70 to $2.50 for print or monitor viewers).