Stereo cameras are capable of capturing 3D images, but they usually require additional accessories such as 3D glasses to view them in their full glory. Also, there are currently only film-based stereo shooters so there's the additional step of processing the negatives and printing them.
Fujifilm aims to eliminate all the hassle with the 3D FinePix Real 3D System it introduced at Photokina. The blueprint includes dual-imaging sensors that can simultaneously capture two pictures and process them with the company's newly developed RP (Real Photo) Processor 3D. The chip will analyze the two files and combine them into one 3D image.
According to the press release (PDF), Fujifilm met several challenges while conceiving of this 3D concept. One was the split-second synchronization of the shutter to ensure that both images depict the same moment.
The firm is also exploring other possibilities to fully utilize the two sensors in the system. These include cameras that can take two pictures at the same time with different settings or capture high-resolution images while recording video.
While the shooter is still in development, some of the plans are pretty concrete. The unnamed camera will have a 2.8-inch LCD that's capable of resolving 3D images as well as conventional 2D picture files. Keep a lookout for the product next year as that's when Fujifilm plans to roll out this revolutionary new snapper.
(Via Crave Asia)