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Tips for better image quality for those who complained about it,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Camera)I just had a few tips for those who complained about image quality. If you use the camera set to "AUTO (red camera icon on wheel) you will be getting settings not optimized for the best quality. You will get ISO 800 for all pics which is very grainy not to mention smudgy in detail and you will get a lower quality setting (among other things). I used it on auto for a while and the poor quality wasn't noticeable on the small LCD camera screen, but when I went to do some 3-D printing, you could see the poor quality. So here are some tips for best image quality settings:
Try the P (program) setting, then in the MENU setting, choose ISO 100 (or 200 at the very highest). Any higher and you will not be happy with the image quality especially in darker areas. I will only use ISO 100.
Set the flash to AUTO or FORCED ON and try to shoot with as much light as possible if you don't like flash. Outdoors at night you will have to deal with grainy if you bump up to 400 or 800 or you will have to use a tripod.
Make sure you change IMAGE QUALITY to FINE (the default is normal) and for image size choose one of the 3 proportions of the "L" setting (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9)
Change FINEPIX COLOR to CHROME (C) The default is STD. This will bump up the saturation to more normal looking color.
Making these changes will result in much better quality pictures. Images using AUTO or higher than 400 ISO will look fine on the camera display, but will look like the 1st or 2nd generation of P&S digital cameras did (c 1999/2000) if you view them on your computer or print them for stereo viewing with an external viewer.
By the way, I have an older Argus stereo camera and viewer and the viewer can be used to look at prints made using the Fuji 3D W3. There is also one just like it made by Loreo.
You can DL a program like Stereo Photo Maker and you can prepare and print stereo side-by-side images from it to view with external viewers like this (file/print stereo card/size it so that the width is 152mm and crop vertically if you want a larger image).
Accessories I Recommend:
Get a second battery and a 32 GB card!
My main review overall:
I can't even describe how cool this camera is and how well it works. The creative possibilities especially with making 3D movies are endless!! I'm gonna take it over to a store with an HDMI cable where they have some 3-D TV setups now and see how they look on the big screen! I have only had it 2 days and left all the settings as default, but the quality is amazing. It's gonna be so cool taking a picture of someone with them not know what I'm doing, then turning the camera around so they can view themselves in 3-D in the viewfinder!
One thing to keep in mind is that since the camera is the main and best viewer for the pics (unless you have their 8" viewer or a 3-D TV), you will probably want to keep the images on the card rather than dumping them into the computer and clearing the card. I mean you can do this, but when you want to see them at their best, you'd have to pull them back onto the card from the computer. So get a large card so you can just archive them on it (movies and stills).
You can see them on your computer monitor by opening them in Stereo Maker (free) and using the correct colored glasses (like those that come with the movie Shrek 3-D etc) And youtube handles them, but I haven't installed any of the software that comes with the camera and I think you need to do some processing in there for them to work on youtube. But they are not very colorful when you view them with the anaglyph paper glasses.
The camera is a little slippery and isn't super-steady in the hands, so using the wrist-strap is a MUST so it doesn't go tumbling onto the ground. I did not have any problems with my fingers accidentally covering the lenses. But turning the power on was a mystery!! Took a while to find it in the manual - you slide the front top 1/2 of the camera down to turn it on, then slide it up to cover the lenses and turn the power off.
I am sort of a 3-D buff, I still have my parents old Stereo Realist camera and bakelite viewer with the old slides they took, but now it's nice to have a digital camera that can give you more control over settings - not to mention no film developing! This is a real winner/keeper!!! If you have kids you MUST have this!!!!!!!! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because of the poor high ISO picture quality when viewed on a computer screen or printed.
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2011 11:58:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2011 9:57:20 AM PST
It definitely makes a difference to study the scene you are shooting and get the side angle right to capture the depth of various objects. This camera is just a tool - the technique is really key to optimize the 3D effect. Shooting straight on at a scene is probably not going to be that impressive. Composition is important with any camera, but it's even more critical when trying to capture that 3rd dimension. There is a 10 point guide on the Fujifilm site regarding 3D stills and movies. I really recommend incorporating those tips.
The camera is easy to use, but to make the most out of it requires some "thinking in 3-D" so the 3D world you see can be relayed to the images you shoot.
Posted on Oct 30, 2013 6:15:53 AM PDT
J. Haindel says:
The picture quality is even better on a 3D TV, probably the best for viewing.
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