World's first 3D camera unveiled
Published 17/08/2010 | 11:30
The world's first 3D camera and printing service was launched on Tuesday.
Photographs on Fujifilm's new FinePix camera can be printed on special 3D paper, ready to stick in the family photo album or be instantly viewed on the camera's built-in display.
Unlike the 3D films in cinemas, special glasses do not need to be worn to show the 3D image.
Fujifilm's camera takes two photos simultaneously from its two lenses which are fixed a similar distance apart to human eyes. Using ''lenticular'' technology, the separate left and right eye images are interlaced on a furrowed surface to create the stereoscopic illusion.
This method has been used since the 1940s typically on novelty items and stickers, featuring simple two-frame animations, such as a winking eye.
However, the old technology is now being used in a wave of state-of-the-art 3D products, games consoles and billboard posters.
The new camera also incorporates a high-definition 3D video camera, allowing users to watch their home movies back on any 3D TV.
The new FinePix Real 3D W3 will go on sale in early September. Fujifilm said its 3D printing service will be available ''shortly'' after the camera's launch.