Manual and review Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3

Manual and review Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3
Manual and review Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3

When I saw this camera, I decided to buy it. After all, it is 3D!

Fujifilm Real 3D W3 has good characteristics:

3D effect photography technology;

10.17 MP sensor resolution;

sensor size 1/2.3";

focal length 6.3-18.9 mm;

35mm equivalent 39-140mm;

SD, SDHC memory card type.

This camera reminded me of an old soapbox with 5 megapixels, the quality of which was tolerable. The battery is weak, so you can not make a lot of photos. The result is an expensive and incomprehensible toy, perhaps because this is the first such technology in Russia. This is a real 3D photo.The production and consumption of 3D content is back on trend. Anaglyph glasses have been replaced by shutter glasses, and manufacturers are supporting interest in this technology by announcing new 3D TVs. Now 3D movies are being made not only for theaters, but also for porn, which shows the seriousness of this trend. And here we have the Fujifilm Real 3D W3 compact 3D camera. Download the instruction manual.


The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 captures 3D photos and videos in 1280x720 resolution. You can view the finished footage immediately, without the need for additional glasses, thanks to the built-in auto-stereoscopic screen. The history of this camera began about two years ago, in 2009. The principle of creating stereo images is based on human binocular vision, when the eyes see different objects from different angles, providing a sense of volume. The first 3D camera, the Fujifilm FinePix 3D W1, utilized this feature of human vision. The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is a compact 3D camera with a dual 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and 10 megapixel resolution. It supports JPG and MPO photo formats with a maximum resolution of 3648x2736 and Motion JPEG video with a resolution of 1280x720 at 24 frames per second. Download the user manual. The camera is equipped with a non-replaceable lens with a 3x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-105 mm and a built-in flash with a guide number of 3.6 at ISO 100. The camera has no viewfinder, instead it uses a 3.5-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 1,150,000 pixels.Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 works with SD and SDHC memory cards up to 32GB. The camera's battery is removable, lithium-ion, with a capacity of 1,000 mAh. The dimensions and weight of the camera are 124 x 66 x 28 mm and 230 grams, respectively.The camera has a larger display diagonal and resolution, as well as a specialized lenticular display for glasses-free surround playback.

Fujifilm first attempted to take photography beyond two dimensions back in 2009. The design of the camera is based on the principle of the brain forming a stereo image through binocular vision. The eyes see the same objects from different angles, creating a sense of volume. Separately, each eye perceives a flat image, like a camera with a single lens. The first model of Japanese engineers, the Fujifilm FinePix 3D W1, utilized this physiological feature. It is recommended that you download the instruction manual and study it carefully. To create the illusion of volume, two photomodules located at a certain distance from each other were used. They imitated the human gaze, and when shooting two images were created. One was intended for the right eye and the other for the left. Then on a special screen (the technology of which will be described below) these pictures were combined, and the viewer could enjoy the full stereo effect.Fujifilm 3D W3 is an improved version of the previous model, which now determines the intensity of the stereo effect itself, is enclosed in a stylish and practical metal case, and the resolution of video shooting increased to HD-quality. Where the W2 model has gone remains a mystery, perhaps just an unfortunate name for a 3D camera. Download the manual.

Note that the camera is quite large, although not as bulky as the previous model. There is a noticeable increase in the display diagonal from 2.7 to 3.5 inches and its resolution, which has increased to 1,150,000 pixels. This has a positive effect on the quality of three-dimensional images when viewed. Essentially, it's two mini cameras in one solid body. The package includes only the essentials: battery, charger, cable for connecting to a computer and instructions. The Fujifilm FinePix 3D W3 is only available in black color. Body materials include metal and glossy coated plastic. download manual. Compared to the previous model, the new camera is more compact and elegant. At the same time, it looks more durable and does not look like a cheap Chinese toy. The gloss in the body has been reduced, but it almost did not affect the marring: the matte body paint holds fingerprints surprisingly well, and with glossy plastic everything is clear and without words. However, the most important champion in terms of marring is the protective transparent plastic of the display. It is not clear why this happens - due to the peculiarities of the design or due to the large thickness of the acrylic polymer, but we have never seen such marring before. Download the user manual on this website.

The camera has a pleasant design with smooth lines of the body and construction elements. The two lenses have a bluish coating, which gives the impression of a toad-like living creature. Due to the long length of the body, the camera has to be held with two hands, which makes its weight less noticeable. However, the camera is still quite heavy. You will have to carry the camera in a bag or backpack, as its size does not allow you to carry it in your pocket. It is worth noting that the camera's lenses have hidden focusing, that is, they are located parallel to the screen, and the lenses move inside the body. The distance between the lenses is 75 mm, which is optimal for automatic image adjustment on a lenticular display and natural volume reproduction on a TV. The right lens is located close to the corner of the camera, so you need to make sure that the finger of the hand holding the camera is not in the frame. Probably, the manufacturer was aware of this problem, as a special warning appears on the screen when a part of the lens is overlapped. Download the operating manual.

Two microphones and a flash are located between the lenses. For realistic three-dimensional photos, the flash should be positioned in the center of the camera, otherwise the images will be unevenly lit. The camera is activated as soon as you slide the metal shutter down. It serves as a protection for optics, microphones and flash from dirt and damage, and is also a power button. On the top edge of the body is a shutter release button surrounded by a zoom lever. The lever controls zooming parallel to the two lenses in all modes except for special 2D shots. On the left side of the top edge is the lever for parallax adjustment, i.e. stereo effect. By taking the time to find the optimal viewing distance and adjust the parallax, you will forget about discomfort when viewing images. The automatic adjustment works well, but not always perfectly. The back panel houses all the important function buttons and camera controls. At the top is a scroller to switch shooting modes (Auto, Advanced 3D Shooting, Advanced 2D Shooting, SP1 and SP2 scene modes, Manual, Aperture Priority, and Program AE). Shooting settings and menu navigation are performed using a standard compact camera joystick with a MENU/OK button in the center. Joystick arrows control screen brightness, flash modes, self-timer, and macro mode. Next to the joystick there are three important keys: call the viewing mode, record video and switch between 2D and 3D viewing modes. All of these buttons are small, but with a firm press and a distinctive click. Download the user manual for careful familiarization.

On the right side of the camera there is a plastic plug, under which the USB and HDMI connectors for connecting to a computer and TV respectively are hidden. The manufacturer claims that 3D photos and videos are supported by all existing 3D TVs. Although we didn't have a chance to test the camera with all TVs, for example, everything worked fine with models from Panasonic. On the bottom of the body there is a tripod mount connector that is off-center. The battery and memory card compartment is located exactly in the center, so that the camera does not overweight in the hand. The Fujifilm comes with a universal charger. Fully charged battery allowed to take 240 three-dimensional photos and about three minutes of three-dimensional HD video. The instructions are free to download. In 2D shooting and video mode, these figures can be multiplied by two, as less energy is spent on recording and shooting regular photos. It should be noted that even with the fastest memory cards Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is not characterized by high speed - recording lasts from three to five seconds. There is no viewfinder in the camera. About 80% of the back of the camera is taken up by a 3.5-inch stereoscopic display with a resolution of 1,150,000 pixels, making it one of the best displays ever mounted on a compact camera. The Japanese company uses a specialized lenticular display to provide three-dimensional playback without glasses. Three-dimensionality is achieved through a repeating structure of miniature convex ribbon prisms. This structure works in such a way that, with the correct parallax setting, each part of the image captured by one of the two lenses falls into the corresponding eye, creating a three-dimensional effect. However, the camera must be held still. But don't forget that the manual can and should be downloaded. When the screen is lightly shaken, flickering becomes noticeable and the components of different images overlap and blend. Stereoscopic images on the 3D W3 display look so realistic in most cases that the viewer is interested in even those images that are not worthy of attention in conventional photography. Adding perspective changes the perception of space, and even the most ordinary shot seems to get its own story. The perception of space is affected by the number of objects and their mutual arrangement in the photograph. For example, a photo of a car against a concrete wall will look unnaturally three-dimensional, as if the foreground and background were cut out of cardboard.

But a situation in which there is both foreground, middle ground and background looks much more favorable in 3D. It is best to look at the screen from a distance of 30-50 centimeters, the stereo effect will be more pronounced. It is important to take into account that due to the flat structure of microprisms on the display stereoscopic effect is possible only in landscape orientation of the camera. In portrait orientation, the picture becomes dim and two-dimensional. As for the technical characteristics of the lenses, there are almost no changes. It is a system of two 3x Fujinon lenses with a range of focal lengths 35-105 mm, mounted on 10-megapixel 1/2.3" CCD-sensors. But a new signal processor is installed. It synchronizes the shutter release on the two photomodules, allows you to take photos at up to 2 frames per second in 3D and 3 frames per second in 2D mode, and is also responsible for recording 3D video in HD resolution.Fujifilm 3D W3 is two glued mini-cameras with one display, battery and shutter button for two. Download manual. In addition to 3D shooting, which requires the use of two lenses, you can also shoot in 2D. Here the FinePix 3D W3 offers some interesting features. For example, the ability to shoot simultaneously with different zoom, color settings and light sensitivity, which can be selected later. The camera allows you to adjust the shutter speed and aperture manually. This can be useful in some situations. When shooting automatically, it is recommended to keep the distance to the subject at least 1.5 meters. Sometimes both lenses can only capture part of the subject, but this is because the minimum focal length of Fujinon lenses is 35mm - this is not the widest angle position. For a sense of volume in macro shots and distant objects (focusing at infinity), you'll have to switch to A3D manual shooting mode, where you'll have to shift frames yourself. Unlike the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1, this model can shoot HD movies in both 2D and 3D modes. One minute of three-dimensional HD video takes about 500 MB. The video quality, in our opinion, does not correspond to a high level, although the image looks great on the camera screen. You can't use the zoom during video shooting, which is typical for compact cameras in the low price range. However, FinePix Real 3D W3 does not belong to such cameras. In the case of 3D this could be considered a disadvantage, but for shooting 2D video it would be a useful addition, and the lenses are almost silent.

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is a fast camera, if you ignore the long SD card recording times. Navigating through menus and controlling settings is quick and smooth. The menus are clear and easy to use, though not as impressive as Sony and Samsung cameras. Focus speed is average, the camera focuses confidently in daylight, but sometimes hesitates and often misfocuses at night.If you break the camera down into its components, it doesn't seem as competitive as other single-lens devices. Noise levels at high ISOs are on par with 2009 levels. No surprise, because the camera doesn't use the latest low-noise CMOS, back-illuminated or CCD EXR sensors, but rather conventional 10-megapixel CCD sensors. Download the user manual. Automatic exposure works with some shortcomings. At low ISO the image turns out to be slightly underexposed, and at ISO above 400 the camera fails to cope with light areas that fall outside the histogram.Fujifilm 3D W3 is the only well-thought-out and convenient consumer camera among all the devices on the market of 3D content. The other manufacturers do more marketing than offer decent competitive models. The camera is interesting, and the first viewing of a stereo picture on its display will make you forget about not the highest quality of ordinary pictures. If Fujifilm continues to accelerate the development of 3D models and release models for different price categories, the financial well-being of the company can not worry about. In the meantime, the 3D camera market is relatively free, and major brands continue to develop 3D photography based on monocular cameras like Sony and Olympus, or with special lenses like Panasonic.

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