Fujifilm has just announced the successor of their W1 consumer 3D camera and that is the new W3 which brings some cosmetic improvements in the design as well as some technical ones and all that apparently comes with a more attractive price. You’ll notice that on the W3 the interaxial distance is lowered a bit, although just by 2 millimeters to 75 mm, also the new model is able to record 3D video in 720p (1280×720) instead of the 640×480 that was available on the W1. The two sensors are still with 10 megapixel resolution, but hopefully it will perform better in low light conditions now as with the W1 that was one of the drawbacks – a lot of noise when shooting indoors or at night even with the flash. Now there is also an mini-HDMI connector built-in that is HDMI 1.4 compliant meaning that you can directly connect the camera to a big-screen 3D HDTVs and play the photos and videos in 3D.
You’ll also notice that now the W3’s controls and the camera itself is much more closer to a normal 2D camera than it was with the W1, as with the older model the controls felt a bit strange and people needed some time to adjust to using them. You’ll also notice that the autostereoscopic 3D screen (you don’t need glasses to see the 3D effect) on the back of the camera got bigger, from 2.8-inch to 3.5-inch and with better resolution, and hopefully it will also offer more viewing angles at which you’ll be able to see the depth and not just requiring you to look at it straight. We are also getting the Fujifilm NP-50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery instead of the NP-95 and that means decreased capacity from 1800 mAh to 1000 mAh which is kind of strange, but maybe the camera has also been optimized to be more energy efficient. The W3 model is also a bit lighter, like 10 grams less and hopefully the camera build will be as sturdy and durable as with the W1. Anyway, I’m already eager to get my hands on the new W3 camera to test and to compare it to the W1 that I already have been using for quite some time now…the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 should be available in September with a price of $499.95 USD.