Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera Review

Fujifilm FinePix 3D W3 Digital Camera


Here you will find Fujifilm W3 Camera review on main features and specs. The Fuji W3 review consists of technical details and of Fujifilm Finepix W3features and modes that users can learn about before purchasing the Fujifilm Finepix W3.

The Fujifilm W3 is currently (mid 2011) the best mass market consumer 3D camera you can find. Unlike the former Fuji 3D camera (W1) the Finepix W3 is a real 3D fun, with splendid photo modes and exciting new 3D options.

It may not be flashy or stylish like the Sony 3D cameras but for those who search 3D photography, the Fujifilm 3D will be a superior camera and bring better 3D results.

FinePix 3D W3 Digital Camera Product Features

  • Record HD 3D movies (720p resolution); dual 10-megapixel CCD and lens system.
  • 3.5-inch widescreen autostereoscopic LCD displays images and movies in 3D instantly, with no 3D glasses required
  • mini-HDMI output jack offers easy connection to a compatible 3D HDTV; view images and movies instantly in 3D
  • Capture images and movies to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included) See the 32GB SDHC memory cards.


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FinePix 3D W3 Digital Camera Sensors

I know it might be boring to introduce the W3 with tech stuff like the sensors but it is those sensors that make the camera what it is – The best 3D camera in the category.

The FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera two 10-megapixel sensors are those that collect the light as it reflects from your objects image, high mega-pixel means every little bit and bite is captured by the camera, so the outcome will be more than satisfying. Those two sensors are mounted behind two Fujinon 3x optical zoom lenses, so you can capture high-definition images still and movies in 3D.

The Image data captured by the twin lens-CCD system is processed by the newly developed RP (REAL PHOTO) Processor 3D HD.

W3 3D Lenses Like The Human Eyes

Fuji W3 Two Lenses Far ApartUnlike other pocket HD cameras (Aiptek 3D and Sony 3D Bloggie) which lenses are close together, the Fujifilm W3 two lenses are set far from one another, so they actually imitate the true 3D viewing angle as our eyes do. While our eyes do not have zoom ability, the 3D camera has a 3X optic zoom capability.

In order for a camera to capture 3D image, it needs two separate shots of the same image, when each frame has slightly different angle, this is called Parallax. The 3D image is created when the two lines of sight that meet and see an image. Within the camera those two images are written to the card via the sensors mentioned above which combines them together and produces a 3D image or 3D clip.

In our body the eyes and the brain act the same and bring 3D images of the surrounding in milliseconds.

The Fujifilm W3 User Design

The W3 camera is light and compact, it is a matter of taste if you like the FinePix 3D W3 Digital Camera body, but it is an unusual look to it as the lenses are far aside. Some users claimed on the Fujifilm W3 camera review that the camera needs to be held differently than regular 2D digital cameras, because while holding it they found that their fingers where covering the lenses!

Like any new gadget they all mentioned that it takes a short while and they got more comfortable with the new finger positioning while holding the W3 Finepix camera.

Fuji W3 3.5 Inch LCD 3D View

Fujifilm LCD 3D Parallax Barrier ExplainedOn the back side there is a large LCD nearly covering the whole rear side of the camera, except the mode wheels at the right. The large LCD is set with parallax barrier  which means that the LCD has a special cover that allows each eye to see different part of the image pixels thus able a 3D view without any glasses.

As you can See in the illustration, the screen is covered with the Parallax Barrier and the screen behind it pixel lines are serving different image to each eye. So the person looking at the Fujifilm 3D LCD will see two slightly different images, manipulating the brain to perceive it as 3D.

One trouble everyone who takes picture outside knows is that the images on the LCD are difficult to be seen at sun light. That is exactly why the Fuji engineers added the High Luminosity Mode displays images 1.5x brighter and reproduces color 1.8 x deeper + high-contrast 3D images, so next time you are taking 3D photos, you can see them while you shoot them.

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Fujifilm W3 HD-quality Images

Now that we have met the W3 lenses, sensors and processor – it is time to proceed with the Fujifilm W3 camera review of the images and picture modes.

W3 – 3D User Friendly Auto Function

Many people who are complete beginners in the 3D photography field may be intimidated by the 3D stereo photography. In all the 3D guidance books and stereo 3D photography ‘how to shoot 3D’  videos in Youtube it seems complicated to create those anaglyph pictures with the tripod mount and twin cameras..

Complete Newbie To 3D Photography

Fujifilm W3 camera has solved all this for the beginners and for the more advanced photographers, (that may be the reason for this camera success) – Everything is automated! Just point and shoot and get clear stunning 3D images. If you had enough from the 3D, just slide the switch at the rear and you can continue taking vivid 2D pictures too.

This same little swich will allow to to shift from still to video and frm 2D to 3D – one click and you are done.

W3 Advance 3D Users and Photographers

Advanced users can play some more with the 3D features that allow you to use the fact that the Fujifilm W3 camera has two lenses and two sensors and take two different photos at once. Those users who feel comfortably with the 3D picture taking can reach an even higher level by the special features Super Intelligent Flash and Scene Position. Those automatically make the optical settings to match your scene.

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Connect FinePix REAL 3D

The Finepix W3 camera has a HDMI connection so it can be connected to any 3D compatible HDTV. This makes the whole process of sharing 3D videos and 3D pictures with your family and friends much easier. If you wish to upload the 3D files to a PC then you can use a HDMI if the laptop or computer has it or you can do it with a SDHC card reader and a simple USB connection.

To watch your 3D content on the PC make sure the PC needs to be compatible to MPF and 3D-AVI. Another option for video is to connect the Fujifilm Finepix W3 to the Fuji 3D portable display, for 3D images you can just print them on hard-copy.

There are some photo stores that can print 3D pictures (glasses will be needed) be aware that each print can cost a few bucks.. another option you have is to print the 3D as two – 2D images prints, (few cents each) and view them as 3D with the folding 3D viewer.

There is a reason why the Fujifilm W3 3D camera is so successful. While the competing Sony is mainly a 2D camera with some 3D features the Fuji W3 is a 100% 3D camera that has some fine 2D picture modes too.

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