Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual ReviewsAs this is the world's first and only 3D Digital Camera for consumers, Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual's a must-have for 3D enthusiasts as well as diehard gadget freaks. For everyone else, the 600-dollar list price and imperfect stereoscopic effect make the W1 a passing curiosity, something that may beget future better and cheaper models.
Now, as a 2D (i.e., normal) Digital Camera, the W1 is actually quite good. Its image quality is very good for a compact-class camera, and in the "advanced 2D" mode, since Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual has two 10MP Lenses, you can take two simultaneous 2D photos with different settings, such as different zooms (e.g., one wide angle and one telephoto), different ISO sensitivities, or different color effects (e.g., one color, one black and white). Indoors and outdoors, the W1 is a capable, above-average 2D camera. But all these do not make the W1 worth its 600-buck listing price.
What's interesting, then, of course, is its 3D, or stereoscopic, picture taking. Actually you can shoot still images and movies in 3D -- and view them back on the built-in 3D LCD monitor measuring 2.8" diagonally, without glasses. That's right, the LCD screen mimics 3D effect without your wearing 3D goggles.
Another way to view the 3D photos and movies you took with the W1 would be to buy Fuji's V1 3D photo viewer, but that would set you back another 500 bucks. Or you can send your pictures to Fuji in Japan for lenticular prints, but those aren't cheap, either. Finally, given the W1 uses an industry-standard 3D file format, you can probably wait until another company comes up with a 3D monitor.
Taking 3D pictures is almost as easy as taking 2D ones. I say "almost" because Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual turns out that to get the right 3D effect, you need to plan ahead -- you need to focus your attention on only one subject, and try to minimize anything else that's in the foreground or background. This is because the "depth of parallax" where you can perceive the 3D effect is quite shallow, especially when you zoom in, so if you have things in the foreground and background in addition to your main subject, those things in the front and back will appear as double-images when viewed back and give you a serious headache.
Indeed, the 3D effect is so imperfect that Fuji warns you should only view 3D images -- whether previewing a shot you're about to take, shooting a 3D video clip, or viewing back those things -- for no more than 30 minutes at a time; the camera even has a warning indicator when you view 3D images for more than 30 minutes. For people like me who suffer from myopia and astigmatism (especially the latter), the comfortable viewing time is even less. And any double-image distractions on the screen make me dizzy and motion-sick quickly.
So, to take 3D pictures that appear 3D, isolate your subject from any foreground or background materials. For example, keep a large distance between your subject and the background trees or houses or whatever, and keep the foreground clean. Take care not to cover either Camera Lens with your fingers, and you're set. The camera automatically adjusts the parallax according to distance to subject, but you can manually adjust the parallax, too, either before or after shooting. Unfortunately, adjusting parallax is a very eye-straining exercise, so you'll mostly want to leave the parallax setting to automatic.
The video mode is not remarkable. You get stereo sound recording, but you cannot zoom, not even digitally (unlike, say, the Fuji JX250 which offers you a choice between optical video zoom or digital video zoom), during video recording. 3D movies are actually more fun to watch than 3D photos, especially if you follow my advice above and get the subject isolated from the background. For example, I shot some clips of a little league game and the clips where I had focused on just one kid player came out fine but any clip where I panned and included different players came out completely unwatchable.
As a digital camera the W1 is fairly easy to figure out and use. Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual takes SDHC cards, unlike previous generations of Fuji's which used xD cards. Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual not compatible with SDXC yet, only SDHC, but that gives you up to 32GB -- 8GB is the most popular capacity at this time.
Because it houses two lenses and all that 3D processing circuitry, the W1 is big and heavy for a compact-class camera. It weighs 10.2 oz including battery and SD card. Coated in piano black, Fujifilm Fuji FinePix W1 Dual actually quite good-looking. Just hold it with steady hands, and always double-check that your fingers aren't blocking the lenses. Battery life is rated at 350 pictures, so pretty good. To charge the battery, you plug in one end of the small AC adapter to the camera itself while leaving the battery in the camera; i.e., there's no separate charger so you don't need to remove the battery each time.
In summary, the W1 is an innovative imaging gadget that takes effective but imperfect 3D images and videos. As long as you take some care in framing the shots, the stereoscopy actually works -- and everyone who looks at my pictures gets completely amazed. (Until they find out how much I paid...) I don't recommend it to most people, but if you are into 3D or into revolutionary gadgets, go for it.
(Final note: there is a freeware program called StereoPhoto Maker that can produce traditional red-and-blue prints so you can don one of those old-fashioned goggles and view your printed 3D pictures! Just bing "StereoPhoto Maker".)
Fuji FinePix W1 Dual User ReviewsI have this camera only for one week, and already like Fuji FinePix W1 Dual very much.
I shoot stereo images quite a few years ago, since slide films and processing are getting hard to obtain, I found this camera provides opportunities for great images like never before.
If you keep the optimal distance from the object to camera about 7-12 feet, the stereo images will be great, beyond that range, Fuji FinePix W1 Dual's hard for your eyes because the stereo pairs will not resolve correctly.
I use this camera to shoot HDR PANORAMA stereo images, and I am getting better images as time goes by.
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