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Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 review

The world's first 3D digital camera features two lenses and two 10MP sensors

Our Verdict

It's not cheap for a compact, but it isn't a gimmick. It works!

For

  • Exciting new technology
  • 3D images without the glasses

Against

  • Expensive for a compact
  • Prints only from Fujifilm

With its bulbous styling and bulky 12.4x6.8x2.6cm dimensions, the Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 certainly isn't the prettiest of compact cameras. But as it's the first camera of its kind we can forgive it for not being small and chic, and its aluminium frame certainly is sturdy.

The W1 lets you shoot 3D images and view them on its 2.8-inch LCD, without the need for 3D glasses. To create the 3D images, the camera uses Fujifilm's 'Real 3D Lens System'.

This layers together two images to create the 3D effect, so the camera is equipped with two 10-megapixel sensors and two Fujinon lenses.

The 3D images the camera captures are incredibly impressive, but you have to get your viewing angle correct to take full advantage. When using the 3D two-shot function, the W1 saves the two images as one 3D picture so you can edit it, which we found most useful with macro shots where the effect can be overwhelming.

3D images are mostly a point-and-shoot affair. There are Parallax Control buttons on the back to adjust images before or after shooting, though the automatic control is very good too.

There's an Individual Shutter mode, which combines two shots taken at the same time, and an Interval Shooting mode which uses two shots from the left-hand lens from different viewpoints while on a moving vehicle such as a car or a train, so you can get 3D images of long-distance views.

The camera takes 2D images too, and makes good use of the dual lenses. Advanced 2D Mode lets you take two different shots simultaneously, and with Tele+Wide Shooting, it's possible to take a closeup or wider picture by changing the lens settings.

Colour mode lets you take the same scene with different colour, as well as mono, settings.

Like most modern compacts, the W1 takes 2D movies, and being a 3D camera, goes one better and does them in 3D too. An 8-inch 3D picture viewer and 3D printing service are available separately.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyFinePix
HD Movie ModeNo
3D Type3D
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x, 3x (Lens 1) - 3x (Lens 2)
Digital Zoom5.7x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)260 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height68 mm
Width123.6 mm
Depth25.6 mm
Focal Length6.30 mm to 18.90 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelReal 3D W1
Product NameFinePix Real 3D W1 Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC01850A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

You've watched 3D movies, you've played 3D games. Now you can capture & view 3D photos. No glasses needed! Welcome to the world's first 3D digital camera system from Fujifilm; the FinePix 3D REAL W1. Record and view your photos in incredible 3D.

Package Contents
  • FinePix Real 3D W1 Compact Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-95
  • AC Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Owners Manual
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year