Photokina is on, the world's largest trade show for photography, and as per usual it's filled mostly with incremental trifles, minor upgrades to existing products, and products aimed squarely at the professional market.
Here's something that is none of the above: FujiFilm's new "Finepix 3D" technology, a dual-lens imaging system that will take 3D stereoscopic images and display them on special 3D LCD panels. It's the latest iteration of an old technology, but FujiFilm's intention to put it in consumer-grade cameras is noteworthy.
Also of note: some of the ideas that FujiFilm has considered possible in cameras with two lenses. From the press release:
• Simultaneous Dual Image Shooting: (Telephoto and Wide Angle)
• Simultaneous Dual-Image Shooting (film modes)
• Ultra-Wide Panoramic Shots Shooting
• Movie-Still Simultaneous
Point-and-shoot cameras have been stagnant for the last few years — anything that livens up the market is okay by be, even if it will be at best a fun novelty.
No official products have yet been announced save the 8.4-inch "FinePix Real 3D Photo Frame", fitted with the shuttering LCD panel that makes 3D image viewing possible without special glasses. (A similar, smaller LCD panel will be on the back of the cameras once they are released.)