Pros: excellent 3d effect when viewed on 3d tvs., solid build (though a bit bulky)., neat 3d screen on back for immediate viewing.
Cons: poor battery life., requires software to convert for computer viewing.
Model Number: Fuji W3
"There has been an already excellent review written by someone else about this camera, but I do want to make sure in layman's terms, that folks do realize what they're getting exactly.
The W3 will take images in 3D or 2D if you prefer. The 2D images are really only "ok" in terms of quality, but they will still make good 4x6 prints. The 3D images can be viewed immediately in 3D on the LCD screen on the back of the camera, or on compatible 3D television sets - there is also if you can find it, a small Fuji 3D digital picture frame that will work with the memory card from this camera, though the price is $$$.
Images in 3D from this camera will display amazingly well on certain 3D television sets. So much so, a photo of a dog I had that recently passed brought tears to everyone's eyes when viewed, as her photo was so realistic it looked like you could just reach over and touch her. So in that regard, the camera is great. But just realize that unless you have a 3D computer monitor and graphics card (most don't), that the images from this camera WILL NOT appear in 3D on your computer screens and emails. You will have to use software such as the other review mentioned to convert the images to an older style cyan/red image that you can view using the colored glasses to look 3D on a computer screen. The images will not look nearly as good as the 3D TV versions, but they can once you practice with the software, look pretty decent for online posting and emails. So just be aware of this one limitation.
Also of note - the tiny battery drains very quickly. Replacement batteries can be found online for not a ton of money, or even less if you're willing to use 3rd party brands.
So I wouldn't call this a point and shoot fully automatic camera. There is a learning curve to using it to it's full potential, but if you have the patience for that, you can have lots of fun with it."
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Review 2 for Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 Digital Camera Bundle
Location:Rancho Dominguez, CA
Date:May 16, 2012
Well-designed digital 3D Camera is great value!!
Model Number: Fujifilm Finepix REAL 3D W3
"I have been involved in 3D (stereoscopic) photography since 1950, and after having used the camera for over a year, I can say without hesitation that the Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera has been a dream come true for me. I can make 3D photos of excellent quality -- among several settings, the maximum still image size is 10 Mpixels, i.e.,3,648 pixels by 2,736 pixels for EACH of the two images in the pair. The recorded 3D (MPO format) images can be converted for display in full color 3D via a large number of methods, including 3D TVs, twin digital projectors, iPhones and iPods with a My3D viewer, computers, and color prints formatted for special viewers. Also, I can make "anaglyph" 3D prints or displays that use the cheap red and cyan glasses. AND the camera takes high definition (720p) 3D videos as well!
Unlike so many of the cheaper and less versatile competitive cameras, the W3 has a relatively near-normal separation distance between the lenses (about 2 15/16 inches) for a more natural 3D effect with most subjects. The lenses are 3X zooms, and the exposures are always perfectly in synch. There is even an automatic "parallax" adjustment (for adjusting the apparent 3D distance of the "window" frame) that can be manually adjusted as well. In addition to the "Automatic" (point-and-shoot) mode, the camera has an Aperture-priority mode, a Program AE Mode, a fully Manual exposure mode (equivalent to the venerable "match needle" systems for setting exposure), and 13 useful pre-set "Scene" settings (I used the "Sport" scene recently at a rodeo, and won an award with one of the shots!)
The camera also has the capability of making two separate exposures for the 3D pair, with the first exposure retained on the view screen as a semi-transparent image, with which you can line up the second exposure so as to avoid various eyestrain-causing misalignment issues. (NOTE: If you don't do a perfect job of alignment, don't worry! There is an astounding free program, called "Stereo Photo Maker," available on line, that enables you to align your 3D stereo pairs AUTOMATICALLY!) This feature permits you to make hyperstereos (larger than normal distance between the lenses ) or hypostereos (smaller than normal distance between the lenses) of non-moving subjects.
On top of all this, when you are using the camera in 3D mode, whether lining up a picture or playing back your 3D stills and videos, the viewfinder shows you the view in glasses-free, full color 3D.
The only major drawback to the camera has been the built-in flash, which is located between the lenses, thereby often causing shadows to the left of the subject in the left picture and shadows to the right of the subject in the right picture -- clearly, this usually doesn't look "correct" when the two pictures are viewed in stereo. Fortunately, the camera has been so successful that a third party company has been manufacturing useful accessories for the W3, many of which include a "hot shoe" that can be used for a separate flash positioned more advantageously.
For those of you who made 3D stereo pictures on film in past years, this camera eliminates the cost of film and film processing, enables you to see your 3D results immediately, and eliminates the hassle of having to align your images manually before you can look at the results. Thank you, Fujifilm, for revolutionizing the ease and versatility of making good quality 3D images at a reasonable price!"