Fujifilm launches Real 3D W1 camera and 3D V1 viewer

Fujifilm launches Real 3D W1 camera and 3D V1 viewer

Summary: Though Fujifilm introduced its FinePix Real 3D technology and camera prototype a year ago, and announced the Real 3D W1 point-and-shoot and the Real 3D V1 viewer globally back in July, the camera and viewer were officially launched in the U.S. yesterday.

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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.

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  • Unless the sensors are of extremely high quality...

    ...the $600 price is not justified. But compared to the price of the Stereo Realist of 50+ years ago, it's not that expensive.

    The $500 viewer isn't cheap, either. But I suspect most users will opt for it over $7 prints (and I thought NimsLo was gouging when it charged $1!), which will probably be reserved for especially good pictures.

    More than 20 years ago, I took a NimsLo picture of my barber, trimming another customer, in front of the mirror, and had it enlarged to 8x10. I hope it hasn't faded.
    GrizzledGeezer
  • RE: Fujifilm launches Real 3D W1 camera and 3D V1 viewer

    I am exasperated. I've read everything re: 3 D cameras arriving in 2009. Now that they are here I predict they will be a bust.The price of everything should be 60% lower.Introduction of anything technologically new at such an exorbitant price are lessons that should have been learned years ago with other devices. Right,Sony? Cameras won't sell until prices are lower than $200.Pictures with lenses won't sell until cost is $2.00.Please save this for 3 years to see if I'm right.Good grief Fugi, I thought you guys were marketing savvy.You blew this one big time.
    artya@...
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