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Minoru – The Worlds First Consumer 3D Webcam

September 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments · Shooting in 3D

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Minoru (meaning Reality in Japanese) is an interesting product in the form of a web camera that uses two lenses and two CMOS sensors in order to be able to take Stereoscopic 3D pictures and videos. The camera is not much expensive than a good normal webcam and even looks cute and a bit strange especially while sitting on top of your monitor, but that makes it even nicer…


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The camera is supposedly very easy to setup and use in both normal 2D mode (just like a normal webcam) and in 3D mode, where it can output and record not only in the most commonly used Anaglyph mode, but also Side by Side and Row Interlaced mode. This means that you can produce S3D images and videos for easy viewing with anaglyph glasses or with other more expensive and providing better results products and technologies such as Nvidia’s 3D Vision or IZ3D’s Monitors. When taking video you can use up to 1280×480 resolution (Side by Side for 640×480 in stereo 3D mode) with 15/30fps, but for achieving good results at 30 frames per second you’ll need good lighting around you. The software is Windows only (seems to be frequently updated), but there is something going on for Linux support too. The recommended price of the Minoru 3D Webcam is $89, 50 pounds or 80 euro, depending on where i the world you live, which is pretty affordable, so I’m going to order one of these and try it out pretty soon. With the camera you also get a 5 pairs of anaglyph glasses, bit I’m actually more interested in producing videos for viewing on the 3D Vision… ;)

To get the Minoru 3D Webcam if you don’t have it yet…
To view some anaglyph demo videos taken with the Minoru webcam…

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Ordering Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 from Japan

August 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Shooting in 3D

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The Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 digital camera that is most likely the first portable consumer solution for taking Stereo 3D pictures and shooting movies in S3D is already available for some time in Japan and still only there. And since there is a lot of interest in this product from both Europe and USA from people that are using different solutions for visualizing stereo images and movies some guys in Japan have noticed a good opportunity. If you are very eager to get one of these digital wonders you can order one directly from Japan via eBay, it takes up to a week for delivery and will cost you between $600 and $640 for the camera and $20-$40 more for shipping. Still you’ll need to consider the additional customs tax depending on your country that you’ll have to pay and the VAT, but since there is no other way to get this particular digital camera for the moment it is worth buying it through eBay. The Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera being sold online from Japan is of course a Japanese model, meaning you won’t get manuals in English, but the menu of the camera can be switched between Japanese and English so no worries. The power adapter is also an universal one that can be used within the AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz range so again no worries no matter where in the world you live. Personally I’m still considering between getting this camera and Viewsonic PJD6211 or PJD6221 (I’m on a tight budget), but one of the two is definitely going to be ordered by the end of the month… ;)

To view the current offers for Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 from Japan…

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