The Fujifilm 3D camera - welcome... to the world of tomorrow!
Remember when we told you how to build a 3D camera for that special occasion? Well Fujifilm have only gone and ripped our idea off* (*not really our idea) and turned it into the gosh-darned real thing! The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 camera is coming to a high street store near you this Autumn, allowing you to photograph the world in 3D and view the results without the cardboard glasses you first got free with your copy of Look-In in 1984.
It's chunkier device than the Tom Thumb-sized digital cameras available now, housing two lenticular lenses and two photo sensors to create true stereoscopic images on the rear LCD screen. You can also print off the images onto lenticular paper, or view them in a custom digital photo frame with a lenticular screen, also to be released by Fujifilm. Lenticular printing is essentially the process by which multiple images can be overlayed to produce the impression of movement, such as on advertising hoardings and cereal packet cards, but Fujifilm have reportedly refined the process to produce highly detailed images.
Compared to the price of a knockabout digital camera, it'll cost a lot more - it's expected to retail at around £550 when it goes on sale later in the year. Prints are expected to be pretty pricey too at around £3 per image, but as with everything economies of scale will see those prices drop rapidly if the camera is a success.