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Fantastic Little Thing
, December 6, 2010
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Camera)
I am a long time stereoscopic photography enthusiast who has been waiting decades for a modern 3D camera - one that incorporates even basic technology such as autofocus or even autoexposure. There has not been a single one for ages. Then out of the blue pops Fujifilm with this masterpiece!
Considering what it holds, this is a surprisingly sleek package. It is the size of an average point and shooter, only about 1/2 an inch wider.
The screen is huge, bright and clear. A bit harder to view out in the sun though.
It is a bit of a smudge magnet - screen especially.
It initially takes practice not to cover the right lens with your finger. I put my fingers into it a couple of times (Make sure you research how to do so before you attempt to clean a delicate camera lens).
The flash can be a bit weak.
Takes longer to find focus indoors. Several pics, especially when taken by guests, have been out of focus.
When scrolling through pictures, what it shows at first looks slightly out of focus, then sharpens after a fraction of a second.
Not everyone sees the 3D. People who require strong specs seem to have the most trouble. There are simple online tests you can use to check your 3D vision.
Gas guzzler: It is barely okay for taking a night of party shots, but you definitely want to carry a backup battery or two for extended work. You also tend to review and show off the shots a lot more.
The camera does not lag on you. It will take the shot if you insist, regardless of whether the flash/focus is ready or not.
When focusing on your shot the previewing switches to 3D - very neat.
The 3D pictures are amazing and breathtaking. Plenty of ahs and gasps from people as soon as they see the pics. It has even spooked more than one person. Average for 2D.. but why would you want to go there :-) ? Anyway, buy this camera primarily for its 3D abilities, not its (acceptable) 2D performance.
The ideal viewing medium is a 3D HDTV. Lets put the state of 3D TV tech into perspective: 3D technology is kind of like electric power for automobiles. Just like we want an electric car that we can charge in 60 seconds and drive for 400 miles, we also want glasses-free technology for our 3D TVs. Problem is the enabling technology is just not there. If you can live within the limits of current technology, however, they are fantastic.
If you don't mind using your camera as the primary viewer, its glasses-free experience is out of this world! You will not find yourself thinking that the technology is not mature. It is magical, like something out of Star Trek!
I am honestly surprised that this camera is as cheap as it is. It is way more than simply two cameras stuck together. First of all this is a very niche camera that is not going to sell in millions to cover its hefty development price tag. Fujifilm has had to design dedicated technology and processors for this camera it cannot use elseware its range to spread the cost. The camera also uses a unique large, very high quality, and undoubtedly expensive lenticular lcd screen. The slight lag in the resolution of pictures during preview? Understandable when you consider it has 20 megapixels to chew. The short battey life? That is reasonable considering it is basically two cameras in one. That is in addition to the 3D processing overhead - kinda like a 4x4 of cameras. To keep the camera sleek the battery had to be kept small. From my use I'd say they made a great compromise.
This camera is a great complement to your 3D HDTV. No copying of files or any complicated setup business - just hook it up with a HDMI cable and play. If you have a 3D HDTV, get this camera! You can also view your 3D pictures with cheap viewers for use with standard computer monitor screens (Search Loreo).
Finding a suitable case took some research. The one I settled on is the Caselogic TBC 303 Camera/Camcorder case. It is only slightly larger than the camera, has a belt loop and a zip pocket that can hold a couple of spare batteries. Fujifilm has just released a dedicated belt pouch.
For storage I am using a Transcend 8GB class 10 SDHC card which has worked flawlessly for recording 3D HD Video. The pics and video take up far more storage than usual so make sure you buy a card with adequate writing speed and capacity.
This camera literally has no competition on the market. No other company offers such a product, which is why I am amazed Fujifilm bothered to do such a thorough job. Well done, Fuji. Buy without reservation!
** Update 12/13/2011 **
Lost my first one and bought a replacement. It came with a euro plug on charger. You can remove this euro plug to expose the us plug.
Buy a screen protector - the screen scratches very easily! First time I've felt the need for one in a camera.
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