Japan’s FujiFilm is planning to add a new dimension to photography this year: the third dimension.
In the battle to differentiate its products in the competitive digital camera market, the Japanese camera maker has been developing a model that features two identical lenses and image sensors. It snaps almost-identical images that are blended together by a custom chip to produce a 3-D image, it said.
The system (click here for a YouTube video demonstration) has been dubbed Real 3D by FujiFilm and can be used for both still images and movies.
There have been attempts to introduce 3-D photography in the past but a complicated set-up and reliance on 3D glasses has meant they’re too complicated for widespread use.
FujiFilm’s system makes use of a 2.8-inch 3-D LCD panel on the rear of the prototype camera so viewers don’t need special glasses. For display of images the company has also come up with a prototype 3-D photo frame that has an 8.4-inch display.
Aside from 3-D images, the company imagines a camera with two lenses and image sensors could provide some other clever tricks such as the ability to shoot a wide and telephoto shot at the same time, or for a wide panorama shot by capturing half with each lens.