3-D Point-and-Shoot Camera with HD Video
Fujifilm today announced an addition to its line of FinePix REAL 3-D cameras, the W3 with 3-D HD video capability.
The new camera's 3-D capabilities stem from two 10-megapixel sensors built into the camera. The synchronized control of the twin sensors releases the left and right shutters at the same time, creating a synchronized 3-D image. The camera can capture 3-D images at 720p resolution, lower than full 1080p, but high definition nevertheless.
The W3 is smaller and lighter than the original model introduced a year ago. It also has a larger LCD screen, an auto 3-D mode, and stereo sound recording. It can be connected to an HDTV with the included mini HDMI cable. Viewers can experience the 3-D images without 3-D glasses when looking at the camera's viewing screen, but 3-D glasses and a 3-D TV are required for 3-D photos and videos on a big screen.
Fujifilm was the first manufacturer to offer a 3-D point-and-shoot camera.
"The camera is a necessary part of the food chain that consumers will adopt as TV shifts to 3-D ," said Go Miyazaki, president of the Fujifilm division in the U.S.
The camera will be available at retail in September for $499.95.