Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fuji Tries Something (Kinda) New

Stereoscopic cameras have been around for at least 50 years in some form or another, but Fuji has decided to try and bring this technology into the digital world for the new millenium:

Via Make Magazine, this is the prototype of the FujiFilm FinePix Real 3D System. Some additional tech details on Fuji's press site. The pair of lenses (positioned about as far apart as your eyes are) opens up some new options, including simultaneous wide and telephoto shooting and wide panorama shooting. The real magic begins, apparently, once you purchase Fuji's special paper and frame capable of creating and displaying 3D prints. 

This camera will be about $600 and the 3D prints are $5 a pop. It's not exactly a replacement for the Fuji S5 by any stretch of the imagination, but it will be interesting to see if professional photographers can find a practical and profitable use for this new technology.

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