You can barely turn around at the moment without being smacked in the face by an albeit beautifully realistic and gloriously good looking 3D-this or 3D-that. As if Sky 3D TV and 3D camcorders weren’t enough, the new Fuji Finepix offers 3D photo taking at a not entirely unreasonable £400 price tag. Fuji will also be offer 3D printing services because obviously the typical home computer and all-in-one printers isn’t really going to generate the kind of results you’re looking for.
You don’t need to wear the special glasses because the Finepix Real 3D uses lenticular technology. The camera has two lenses spaced roughly the same distance apart as a person’s eyes. The two images are then combined on furrowed 3D paper in order to create the 3D effect without giving you a headache.
From a practical point of view that means that you can view the 3D pictures directly on your camera or you can have them printed on 3D paper and then stick them in your photo album, hang them on the wall (bit scary in the middle of the night until you get used to it) or do whatever else you wish with them.
The Finepix Real 3D W3 also enables users to film 3D home video in much the same way although you obviously can’t print a home video to paper. You can, however, view it in 3D on your camera viewer or even on a 3D enabled TV, and there will presumably be more tech coming along soon enough that will give you even greater options of what to do with it.
Fujifilm has also said that they will be launching a 3D printing service to coincide with the W3 which goes on sale in September and will cost around £400 each.
Are you into the 3D craze yet?
Want to see yourself in full, glorious 3D hanging on your wall at home?