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3D cameras are coming, this year

More than two decades ago, Fujifilm was one of the first camera manufacturers to see the future of photography was digital. In 1988, the Japanese imaging giant developed the world’s first fully digital still camera; 10 years ago Fujifilm held 30% of the digicam market. But that dominant position proved difficult to defend against competitors such as Nikon, Olympus and Canon. Today, Fujifilm is one of the industry’s also-rans, with just a 6.7% market share.

There’s one way to get back into the game: invent new rules. That’s just what Fujifilm plans to do later this year when it unveils the world’s first 3-D digital camera for consumers. The company hopes that its groundbreaking new gadget — tentatively named the FinePix Real 3D System — will allow it to leapfrog the competition by bringing 3-D capabilities to the masses, at the same time putting a little buzz back into the business of taking snapshots.

….In the past, special viewing accessories such as 3-D glasses or stereoscopes were needed for this to work. Not so with Fujifilm’s system, which offers two viewing options. One is a 3-D digital picture frame — an eight-inch (20 cm) LCD screen that directs the dual images to the left and right eyes, creating the 3-D effect. The other option is 3-D prints, which are made with a clear plastic overlay that acts as a kind of 3-D lens. Fujifilm plans to launch an online service that will make 3-D prints for consumers.

Some additional tech details on their press site. Camera will be about $600 and the 3D prints are $5 a pop – I’m sure we’ll be able to make our own prints, use our own screens and save some $. And of course, you can make your own 3D cameras and images right now…

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8 thoughts on “3D digital cameras… no glasses required

  1. Real Makers will buy two inexpensive digital cameras, hack them together, and use a recreated stereoscope to view them!

    Seriously . . . there was a guy at Maker Faire who was all over the 3D thing. His site has all sorts of tools for working with stereo pairs. And I’d post the URL but I’m feeling lazy.

  2. @StefanJ – check all the “more” links i posted so you can do this yourself (that was the reason i posted them)…

  3. I ran into that guy at the Maker Faire too, and he got me hooked on an iPhone app called 3D Camera. While it’s not perfect, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. Of course, you don’t need an app to do this. Any camera can make 3D photos with the right technique.

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