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Fujifilm With an Improved 3D Camera, the FinePix Real 3D W3

August 17th, 2010 · 22 Comments · Shooting in 3D

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.

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is already available for pre-order for $499.95 USD…

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andreas Aronsson // Aug 17, 2010 at 12:51

    I am actually quite excited about this camera as the screen on the W1 made my eyes bleed. I’m just curious, as you mention, if the low light performance is better. With no external flash control it pretty much has to be, unless I run them in slave mode I guess… in any case, can’t wait to get a hands on experience!

  • 2 Olivier DETRY // Aug 17, 2010 at 13:55

    Hope that there will be a *not too expensive* water case to take 3D picture of fishes ;)

  • 3 steve // Aug 17, 2010 at 14:10

    I wonder if they’ve moved the tripod mount to the middle of the camera now? I see they’ve done nothing for the fat finger types getting in shot. No shutter priority either! New dials are quite nice though i must say.

  • 4 steve // Aug 17, 2010 at 14:23


    Looking at the press release they’ve halved the ammount of internal memory too. Given that with the W1 video would temporary buffer to this before writing it to the card when you are done. I’m guessing they’ve probably managed to make it write directly now as you would fill that up very quickly with some HD footage. :)

  • 5 Bloody // Aug 17, 2010 at 17:39

    The first 720p sample 3D videos recorded with the W3 on YouTube:

  • 6 Dave G. // Aug 17, 2010 at 19:39

    Wow, lots of thoughts on this one.

    Smaller battery capacity is definitely not good if you are doing flash. It is already easy to drain the W1’s battery as it is when shooting indoors/low-light with flash.

    Slightly smaller inter-axial is fine, but I wonder if the tow-in angle is the same.

    720p video is great, but I wonder if the autofocus will track in video mode with this model. That is a big W1 limitation.

    Still no RAW files. You’re killing us, Fujifilm! Put it in a firmware update, will ya’? This would really help with the noise and dynamic range issues.

    I hope it also has better sealing of the lens housings. Dust gets into the W1’s lens assemblies too easily, and it can’t be cleaned.

    This may sound pessimistic, but in the absence of Fujifilm’s literature stating that the CCD sensor is any different, I assume that the W3’s will be the same.

  • 7 DOMON // Aug 17, 2010 at 22:02

    Mr. Suto let his Stereo Movie Maker (SMM) support 1280×720 movie of “Real 3D W3”.


  • 8 steve // Aug 17, 2010 at 23:01

    If you check the press release its 150 shots compared to 500 on the original battery :(

  • 9 Bloody // Aug 18, 2010 at 00:38

    Steve, using the flash will never get you 500 pictures, even without flash this is lets say really impossible to achieve… I’ve never been able to take over 100 photos in mixed conditions with a single charge on the W1 anyway ;)

  • 10 Peter // Aug 18, 2010 at 01:51

    I’m going to buy this unless a better camera is announced before release.

    I REALLY wish that Sony would release a 3D DSC-TX1 camera with dual lenses like the W3.

    My TX-1 takes awesome pictures and 720p video and it would be the perfect 3D option for me if it had dual lenses. I don’t care if it has a stereoscopic screen on it.

    From what I can see the W3 is going to piss me off just as much as it will be awesome. I’ll be able to finally take 3D videos and easier 3D pictures, but there are a lot of negatives:

    -cheap plastic body (coming from sleek all metal DSC-TX1)
    -super chunky (coming from sleek and slim DSC-TX1)
    -not touchscreen (coming from entirely DSC-T series touchscreens)
    -SDHC (I’m invested in MemoryStick Pro Duo from all my DSC-T series cameras)
    -terrible low-light performance (coming from backlit CMOS+Twilight mode+BIONZ processor)
    -CCD (coming from CMOS on DSC-TX1)
    -no zoom in video mode (coming from DSC-TX1 with 4x optical zoom and autofocus in 720p)
    -720p24 (coming from 720p30 on DSC-TX1)

    Only pros:

    -Dual lens 3D for easy 3D pictures
    -Dual lens 3D for 3D movies
    -720p 3D (everything else is VGA or worse)

    It really annoys me that this is my only option for an HD 3D camera. I don’t care about the Panasonic camcorder since its ridiculously overpriced for a 960×1080 resolution system.

  • 11 jcredible // Aug 18, 2010 at 03:14

    Has the quality of the 3D been improved at all? Hmm I wonder.

    Anyway, I wanted the W1, but never got it. Maybe I’ll get the W3. It’s tempting, but still fairly pricey. I’d feel more comfortable if it was in the upper 300’s or lower 400s.

  • 12 Philip Heggie // Aug 18, 2010 at 04:17

    RAW W3 samples for you

  • 13 Jeff // Aug 18, 2010 at 07:53

    Actually, the w1 is pretty easy to dis-assemble and clean the lens, I’ve done it many times.

  • 14 Iztok // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:48

    Does anyone knows if it is theoratically possible to upgrade the video mode of the W1 to 720p via firmware because the W3 supports this mode and has the same sensor resolution (sorry for my bad english, I hope the question is clear enough).

  • 15 Rhialto // Aug 18, 2010 at 23:57

    I knew it was coming but was told to shut my mouth. Anyway I didn’t knew any specs.

    I like the bigger screen (is res improved or it is just bigger?) and would prefer 720p video over 640×480 from W1 but I think I will stick with the W1 for now. The battery is really a turn off. Oh the direct conect to TV is also a plus but I think that’s not enough to make me get the W3.

    How many prefer the matte finish?

  • 16 Peter // Aug 19, 2010 at 04:49


    I think I remember reading the screen rez is WVGA from the Fuji site.

  • 17 Dallas // Aug 19, 2010 at 07:00

    Does anyone know how the 3d images and video compare to the Sony Tx9 and WX5.

  • 18 Peter // Aug 19, 2010 at 07:27


    The Sony cams can’t do 3D Video. They can do 3D sweep panorama which has extremely limited depth and usefulness.

  • 19 Jeff // Aug 19, 2010 at 09:49

    NO chance of a firmware update to upgrade the video on the W1.
    A) they’d be idiots to do so
    B) the W3 has a new processor to be able to handle it.

  • 20 Bloody // Aug 22, 2010 at 14:04

    More 720p video examples with the W3 on YouTube.

    Videos shot at night:

    Videos during the day:

  • 21 Oliver // Sep 3, 2010 at 11:01

    @jeff, could you please provide some more details on opening the w1, because there’s some dust in my lenses, too. which screws does it take to open to get to the lenssystem? don’t want to open them all unless it’s really necessary.
    anybody else experiencing some misalignment of left & right pictures, too? for me, the upper left corner (only!) of the images drifts apart a bit, especially vertically. any solutions on this?

  • 22 jjk999 // Jan 26, 2011 at 04:06

    I bought this camera a few weeks ago and it rocks! It is absolutely the best all around 3d solution.

    -you can adjust paralax as easy as adjusting zoom before you take a pick, after you take a pic and while using freeware 3d image adjustment programs.
    -because an mpo is 2 pictures you can adjust its paralax in post or turn them into any other kind of steroscopic image in about 5 seconds.
    -goodish image quality up to 400 iso


    There is no on camera control of fstop, shutter speed or iso like on the pro am cameras I am used to using. You have to go into a menu (which gets easier with practice). There is a variety of auto-scene modes but thats no replacement for being able to manually control settings on the fly.

    -the exposure and fstop ranges are not very good. I would have liked it to go down to 2.8

    -the flash is not very powerfull.

    -battery life is not that great. definatly buy a second battery.

    -the special 3d monitor is low resolution and absurdly expensive. I chose not to buy it. I get better milage from turning the pics into red/blues and putting them on facebook or a tablet media viewer.

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