Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New 3-D Still Cam from Fuji

I hate 3D. Now you know. I won’t delve into how much I (desperately) hope 3D is a passing fad for fear I’m prepping my foot for a nice place in my mouth. Nevertheless, I’m fighting against James Cameron’s army of bespectacled goons and if I go down, I’ll do so kicking and screaming.

That being said, for those of you who plan on using 3D for good (photos, artwork, PIXAR movie) and not evil (non-PIXAR movie), our friends at funky-fresh Fujifilm have developed a cool 3D digital camera you can purchase today.

While it runs a bit pricey for a point-and-shoot compact camera (around $600), if you’re into 3D image capture, it is probably worth it. But if you want hard copy prints, it's going to cost you ($6.99/print.) Instead of using glasses to view the 3D image, the prints have a plastic lenticular sheet layered over it to produce the desired effect.

Ant has previously detailed the next new wave of filmmaking technology showcased at the NAB 2010 Tradeshow, but if you need your 3D fix now and you have the dough, this camera may be the way to go.

Now excuse me while I dust off my Arnold Schwarzenegger pillowcase. I've got some Terminator to revisit (hear that Cameron?!)

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