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Sony’s 3D Sweep Panorama Now Available in Compact Digital Cameras

July 9th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Shooting in 3D


Sony has just introduced two new series of compact digital still cameras with 12.2 megapixels resolution that support the 3D Sweep Panorama mode that allows you to take stereoscopic 3D panorama photos with a simple sweep of the camera around you. 3D Sweep Panorama mode was recently made available for Sony’s NEX3/NEX-5 cameras through a firmware upgrade, but now it is also available in the compact models from the DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9 series.



The Sony Cyber-shot WX5 and TX9 digital cameras can capture a high-speed burst of frames as you sweep the camera from side to side and thus the information from up to 100 photos is automatically combined to create a stereoscopic pair of frames. You can view the resulting 3D panorama by connecting the camera by HDMI to your 3D-compatible TV, or on your 3D-equipped PC, however viewing on the PC might require some additional manipulation of the photos.

It is not like having a true 3D digital camera, but the 3D Sweep Panorama functionality is nice to be available as an additional feature on your camera, and you never know when you’ll get to see a great scenery that you may want to record and then experience in stereo 3D to get the same feeling later when you are at home… ;)


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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 StarKnight // Jul 9, 2010 at 15:40

    Uhm… almost useless in my opinion… good only for still images. A Finepix Real 3D W1 is a far better choice !

  • 2 Bloody // Jul 9, 2010 at 16:09

    Do you shoot panorama photos of moving objects? ;)

    These Sony cameras are not 3D cameras, nor a replacement for one .

  • 3 StarKnight // Jul 9, 2010 at 16:56

    In panoramic pictures there might be a lot of moving objects… a car in the distance… an airplane… even the moving leaves of trees if there is a lot of wind. Of course if they are small and distant you might not notice the difference but it is also true that panoramic pictures with distant objects are not the best 3D pictures you can see…

  • 4 Bloody // Jul 9, 2010 at 17:09

    It actually depends a lot on the speed of taking the photos and how well the algorithm used by Sony builds the 3D panorama image. Ont he Fuju for example the problem with long distant photos lacking depth is related to the fixed interocular distance, so you actually have to use the manual mode and move the camera. You are basically doing the same with the Sony cameras, but the 3D Sweep Panorama is a bit more automated and with good processing the end result might be quite nice…

  • 5 Bloody // Jul 10, 2010 at 13:31

    Here is an example 3D Sweep Panorama photo shared by the reader Akiross that shows what you can expect from this mode, it is of close objects however: El gaucho.MPO.

    You can take a look at the right end, at the door, where a moving car is passing by… Aside from the car movement and maybe just a bit of distortion at some places it looks quite good. We now need a panorama example of a more distant objects to see how is the 3D effect then. :)

  • 6 Jeff // Jul 12, 2010 at 07:08

    No matter the implementation, the hardware is crippled before anything even begins.

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