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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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Firmware Update Adds 3D Sweep Panorama Mode for Sony NEX-3/5

July 1st, 2010 · 10 Comments · Shooting in 3D


As expected Sony has just released a new firmware update that brings some 3D shooting capabilities to the company’s NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens digital cameras. The new firmware update adds several performance enhancements plus the so called 3D Sweep Panorama mode that will allow you to take stereoscopic 3D panorama photos by just sweeping your camera around the scenery you want to capture. The 3D Panorama Sweep mode works just like the already available mode for taking panoramic photos inside these cameras and the new mode just extends this functionality further, so it is just a software improvement not requiring any additional hardware. Have in mind that the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 digital cameras are not true stereoscopic 3D cameras like the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W1 for example and they do have just one lens and sensor and not two. So the only 3D photo mode that you have available in the one for taking photos in stereo 3D of panoramas, however you can still manually take two pictures with a little offset of the camera to produce a stereoscopic 3D photo after some editing with a free software like the StereoPhoto Maker. Then again this manual 3D shooting can be done with just about any normal camera, the problem is that it is not so easy and requires some experience and knowledge in order to produce good stereo 3D photos. But the 3D Sweep Panorama mode does everything automatically, you just need to move the camera and it will do the taking of pictures and sticking them into a nice stereo 3D panorama. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 shoot a high-speed burst of frames that are automatically combined inside the camera to create a seamless panoramic still image containing depth information.

Bear in mind that the firmware update version 02 for the Sony NEX-3/5 that is already available for download is intended only for NEX-5/NEX-3 cameras with Version 01 firmware currently installed as newer cameras may ship with the new firmware pre-installed, so there will be no need to update it if you are yet to purchase one of these cameras. You can check the current version of the firmware installed on the camera by selecting MENU / SETUP / VERSION. And if you do have one of these camera and update the firmware you are more than welcome to share some 3D panorama images here, as I personally do not have any of the two models to try it.

Download the firmware update 02 for the Sony NEX-3/5 with 3D Sweep Panorama mode…

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Aiptek 3D HD i2 Camcorder Comes on August 15th and for $199.99

June 5th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Shooting in 3D


The Aiptek 3D camcorder is an interesting solution for shooting 2D and 3D photos and videos and it also turns out to be quite affordable too with a price of just $199.99 USD, but we’ll have to wait for August 15th when it is going to be officially available. The portable camcorder comes with two 5-megapixels CMOS image sensors for taking still photos up to 5Mp and should be able to record videos with an HD resolution of 720p… in 2D and 3D mode. On the back there is a 2.4-inch autostereoscopic 3D display which makes it possible to see the 3D content without the need of additional glasses, there is also a button to quickly switch between 2D and 3D mode.

Aiptek 3D i2 is a portable camera with dimensions of 118x72x23 (mm) and weight of only 250 grams (including battery). The built-in battery is good for about 2 hours when fully charged and can be easily recharged over a standard USB connection. You can also use the USB connection to transfer data from the camera to thew computer from its internal memory (no information how big it is), but you’ll be able to expand it with an SD/SDHC card up to 32GB. There is also information about availability of HDMI connector to directly connect the camera to a 3D-ready HDTV and playback the content. The additional software for the camcorder should allow you to upload the stereoscopic 3D videos you made directly to YouTube 3D. And you’ll also be able to watch the recorded content on your PC with the help of anaglyph red-cyan glasses coming with the device even if you don’t have a better solution like 3D Vision, 3D TV or anything else that is better.

The only concern that remains is regarding the quality of the photos and videos that the Aiptek 3D camcorder will be able to produce. Having a small CMOS sensor in this price segment means that the 5Mp photos will most likely be with an average quality, but it should be better for 1280×720 video recording in stereo 3D mode. However we should wait and judge the quality when the product comes out on August 15th, as it might turn out to exceed the expectations and I do hope it does, but just in case don’t set your expectations too high. Meanwhile Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the Aiptek 3D i2 camcorder as well as a separately available Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display which is actually a 7-inch digital photo frame that is also using an autostereoscopic 3D display to show the content you”ve shot with the 3D camcorder. Both products are scheduled for August 15th release and both carry the price of $199.99 USD.

The Aiptek 3D HD i2 High Definition 720p 3D Camcorder at Amazon
The Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display (3D Photoframe) at Amazon

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