Fujifilm Real3D Cam To Release in September

Gosh, it seems like it was only yesterday that I wondered outloud when we'd have Fujifilm's long-awaited, Real3D camera in our hands. A few weeks ago, we wrote that it'd be out in 2010. Well, we were wrong. The point and shoot will be available here and in the U.S. come September 2009. While a price for the U.S. hasn't been confirmed, according to the Telegragh, the dual-lenser will likely retail for about £570 in the UK, so you know, do the math... OK, I'll tell you: That's ~$935, which is $300 more than Time's estimate. Ooof! As we've explained previously, the camera uses two lenses to capture images that are combined to display either on one composite 3-D pic (below) or via a special 8-inch digi picture frame.
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More details at Fujifilm, provided you read Japanese. Or in Americanese at DPReview [link via Gizmodo].
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9 Responses to Fujifilm Real3D Cam To Release in September

  1. Pantograph says:

    Boy that takes me back.
    Back in the ’80s my dad owned a [url=http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Nimslo]Nimslo[/url] camera which basically did the same thing only using four lenses to get better parallax view. You could actually get 3D prints out of it using the same technique.

  2. richard says:

    If an item is $600 in the US, here in the UK we usually have to pay £600. So I guess it more likely that the camera’s going to be about $570 in the US.

  3. ZoopyFunk says:

    Epic Fail. Just like the 19 other times in the past fifty years that some company trots out a ‘3d’ cam. This will add to that collection.

  4. hohum says:

    Ahh, the Telegragh! The throatier, huskier version of the Telegraph!


  5. binc says:

    Don’t worry – if it’s £570 in the UK it will probably cost $570 in the US. (Manufacturers call the UK ‘treasure island’ as they can rip people off there for some reason).

  6. Agies says:

    Looks positively awful.

  7. gobo says:

    @3, yes, I noticed, but the end product is still just a goofy-looking lenticular. Kodak marketed a similar product in the 80s. Lenticular screens aren’t a very good way to display 3D, and I certainly don’t think that a $1000 camera to make $5-apiece prints that are just two images shifting back-and-forth as you tilt the print in your hands is worth it.

  8. gobo says:

    Nearly $1000 to make little lenticular faux-3D images? Erg, no thanks. For less than half of that, I can buy two very nice digital cameras, set them side-by-side, and shoot stereo views that actually look 3D.

  9. dculberson says:

    Gobo, this is shooting two images. (And thus is just as 3d as two cameras side-by-side.)

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