updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon July 13, 2009
Fujifilm 3D camera dated
One of the pioneers of digital photography, Fujifilm will reportedly release the first 3D consumer digital camera later this year. First announced last summer, the camera uses two lenses, spaced out like human eyes, to capture two simultaneous images of the same scene from slightly different angles. A system called FinePix Real 3D will then combine the two images into one, with output options that will include a 3D digital picture frame or special 3D prints.
The frame will sport an 8-inch LCD screen that directs the images to the viewer's left and right eyes for a three dimensional effect. An online photo developing service is also planned, with the 3D images including a clear plastic overlay that performs the function of a 3D lens.
The 10-megapixel 3D camera will first appear in Japan sometime this summer, while Europe and the US will get it during September. Pricing will be set at around $600, with the photo frame costing a few hundred dollars as well. Prices haven't been set yet for prints, though Fujifilm doesn't anticipate customers accepting high prices.
A wide adoption of the new technology would be important to Fujifilm, as the company holds many patents related to 3D image technology. [via Time]