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Samsung’s New WB750 Digital Camera Gets a 3D Panorama Mode

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · General 3D News

As if not to be left out behind, Samsung is also joining in other big names in the digital camera market that are introducing software 3D photo features to their compact digital cameras that do not feature dual lens and sensors to make them true 3D cameras. The upcoming Samsung WB750 comes with a 12.5 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, features an 18x optical zoom with both optical and digital stabilization, 3-inch LCD display ad packs that all in a compact device that can easily fit in your pocket. And there are some extra features that might be interesting for a lot of users, like Full HD video capture, high-speed shooting mode, easy HDR photography mode and of course the 3D Panorama functionality that seems to be the most interesting part if you are into stereoscopic 3D technology. Of course there is nothing much different here as compared to everyone else already supporting similar functionality on their 2D digital cameras, and since the WB750 camera also does not feature a 3D screen, it has an HDMI 1.4 interface that you can use to connect it to a 3D HDTV and preview the 3D photos on it.

So you will have yet another option to get a 2D camera with some capabilities of making 3D photos, it seems that this 3D photo functionality is very soon going to become a standard feature. But I’m still wondering why we are not seeing more true 3D-capable digital cameras that use two sensors to capture the two separate images needed for the left and right eye at the same time in order to produce more convincing stereoscopic 3D effect. Still it seems that digital camera makers are interested in adding 3D functionality to their products, they are just taking the easier and cheaper way to do it for now. But yo should be well aware of the fact that these software based 3D photo modes that require you to move the camera and automatically build the 3D photo based on multiple pictures taken are far from perfect. They don’t always offer the same level of depth as a real 3D digital camera can and they are also not able to shoot well scenes with moving objects as well as movies due to the apparent limitations of the implementation used to create the 3D image. So don’t be easily fooled tat getting a digital camera with some sort of a software 3D photo functionality will be the same as getting a real 3D digital camera, although there are still not that much of these available on the market.

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Is Samsung Also Preparing a 3D-capable Smartphone or Not?

July 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Lately there are a lot of rumors going around that Samsung is also working on a 3D smartphone in order to compete with the already available on the market 3D devices from HTC and LG. It is true that Samsung needs to offer an alternative for users interested in 3D support on their smartphone and the current user interest in HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D is quite big, even though the currently available 3D content for these devices is still somewhat lacking. Samsung cannot leave its main competitors in the smartphone business get too much ahead with the stereoscopic 3D support, so the company will probably have something to show soon. But the big question is if it will be pretty much the same in terms of functionality and 3D features as what is already available from HTC and LG or the company will go further and offer something new and better…

The currently available 3D smartphones have set the level high by offering a decent autostereoscopic 3D display, both in terms of image quality and resolution as well as number of viewing positions provided in 3D mode. They also offer a decent resolution and quality for the 3D photos and 3D videos that the users can record with the devices, and then there is also the HDMI 1.4 support for outputting 3D content from the smartphone on a bigger 3D display such as a 3D HDTV. What else can Samsung offer besides these already available features? So it is more likely that Samsung will try to improve on the specifications of their device as compared to the competition, for example better quality and resolution photos and videos by the 3D camera, faster processor, more viewing angles for the 3D display etc.

On the other hand the thing that needs the most attention and that continues to be kind of ignored by most smartphone manufacturers is the battery and the battery life that such a powerful device can offer to the users. It is nice to have 3D features, but if you have to charge your smartphone once or even two times a day just to use them, you won’t be very happy, as after all this device is also a phone. I’m not sure if you’ve payed enough attention to that fact, but the LG Optimus 3D has an official talk time of just up to 4 hours with a 1500 mAh battery, the HTC EVO 3D is a bit better probably thanks to the use of a higher capacity battery that is 1730 mAh and it gets you about 7.5 hours of talk time by specs.

We’ll have to wait a bit more to see what Samsung will do, but the company will most likely start offering their own 3D solution pretty soon in order not to be left behind by their competition. And a Samsung Galaxy 3D phone built on top of the Samsung Galaxy S II platform or a similar one may turn out to be a really good thing. Let’s wait and see… it probably won’t be long.

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Samsung’s New 3D LCD Monitors Will Not Be 3D Vision Compatible

April 27th, 2011 · 56 Comments · Other S3D Tech

It seems that the new Samsung 3D LCD monitors and 3D Monitors/HTVS from the series 750 and 950 will not be 3D Vision ready based on information coming from Nvidia, furthermore these will also not be supported with the 3DTV Play software as they are not generally considered as 3D HDTVs, but 3D monitors. So if you are wondering what middleware will these new SA/TA750 and SA/TA950 3D monitors from Samsung be using to make your PC games in stereo 3D mode, it will be DDD’s TriDef 3D software as it was announced earlier this month by DDD. Samsung has long been a DDD partner in regards to 3D technology, although they were the first on the market with a 120Hz 3D-capable LCD PC monitor for the launch of Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology. Why they’ve decided not to support 3D Vision anymore is not clear, but most likely because they want to sell more of their active shutter glasses and not use Nvidia’s.

Samsung’s 23-inch S23A750 and 27-inch S27A750 3D monitors will feature D-sub, HDMI 1.4 and Displayport connectivity, while the 23-inch S23A950 and the 27-inch S27A950 are the 3D monitors that will have D-sub, HDMI 1.4, Displayport and Dual-Link DVI connectivity. All of these models are with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, 2 ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio and use TN panels with LED backlight.

Samsung’s 23-inch T23A750, 27-inch T27A750, 23-inch T23A950 and 27-inch T27A950 are the 3D monitor/HDTV combination that features HDMI 1.4 connectivity as well as Component and Composite video inputs, these of course do come with a TV tuner built in. All of these models are with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, 5 ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio and use TN panels with LED backlight.

These new monitors will support PC gaming in stereo 3D through the TriDef 3D software and it should be equally compatible with both Nvidia and ATI/AMD-based GPUs (although DDD talks only about AMD and Intel 2nd Gen Core processors graphics), they should also work with 3D-capable consumer electronic devices such as the PS3 that output 3D according to the HDMI 1.4 3D specs. You also get 2D to 3D real-time conversion built-in for different input should you need and want to use that autoconversion function due to lack of stereo 3D content to watch.

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