Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1 Reviews and Resources

The Fuji REAL 3D W1 is a 3D digital camera and is part of the larger Fuji FinePix REAL 3D System.  Fuji is touting the breakthrough of its REAL 3D System and highlighting the ability to view 3D images without the need for clunky 3D glasses.

Along with the REAL 3D W1, which offers twin 10-megapixel sensors, Fuji is releasing a companion REAL 3D V1 viewer, which is essentially an 8″ digital photo frame.  Finally, Fuji has developed a 3D Print service, which allows you to print your 3D images.

The Fuji FinePix REAL 3D System will be available September 2009.

Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1 Reviews


While the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W1 definitely achieves its 3D ambitions with utterly convincing images, the high price, bulky size and limited 2D capabilities mean that it will probably remain something of a niche product.

Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1 News Release

July 22, 2009 – Fujifilm is extremely proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new imaging technology: the “FinePix REAL 3D System”. The world’s first three dimensional (3D) digital imaging system that lets you enjoy three dimensional images without the need to wear special 3D glasses. The FinePix REAL 3D system incorporates a 3D digital camera “FinePix REAL 3D W1″, a 3D digital viewer “FinePix REAL 3D V1″, and 3D prints.

As a pioneer in the digital imaging sector, in 2009, Fujifilm will be able to offer the complete 3D package: from digital photography, to digital prints. Fujifilm is once again breaking new ground and continuing to raise expectations in the development of new imaging products.

Aiming to “capture precious moments just as your eyes see it”, over the last decade Fujifilm has developed unique lenses, CCDs and Processors, amongst other key digital camera technologies. This year heralds the launch of the world’s first digital camera that can capture 3D stills and movies, the “FinePix REAL 3D W1″, and the “Fine Pix REAL 3D V1″, an 8-inch viewer on which spectacular 3D images can be displayed. Additionally, with advances in high precision production technology, Fujifilm has successfully developed a 3D Print service enabling you to print and keep your 3D images, as never before.

World’s first digital camera to capture realistic 3D stills and movies.

3D Photography – Welcome to the world of 3D

The REAL 3D W1 camera features the newly developed “FinePix REAL 3D Lens System.” To achieve a natural, 3D image, it was necessary to flawlessly layer together two images, so two Fujinon lenses, renowned for their high resolution and exquisite rendering, were installed. A robust aluminum die-cast frame has been used to protect the lenses from vibration and impact. A 3x optical zoom, deemed difficult to achieve in 3D photography because of the precision required to align two lenses, is also possible. Moreover, the “RP (Real Photo) Processor 3D” which is based on photo technology that Fujifilm has developed over the years, synchronizes data passed to it by the two lenses and two CCD sensors, to determine shooting conditions such as focus, brightness and tonality to instantaneously blend this information into a single symmetrical image, for both stills and movies. The 3D/2D LCD monitor features Fujifilm’s own LCD panel, exclusively for the display of 3D/2D images on digital cameras, allowing you to see beautiful, natural 3D images with the naked eye. As the camera performs a series of image processing steps automatically, anyone can take 3D stills and movies with superb picture quality by just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter button.

Advanced 3D Mode – function for 3D experts

The FinePix REAL 3D W1 allows you to adjust the settings to suit the scene being photographed. When using the Individual Shutter 3D Shooting mode, the camera shifts to take the second shot after taking the first shot, and saves a single 3D image in the camera manually. This allows you to edit the 3D images, particularly useful for landscape photography where a 3D image is difficult to achieve, or conversely, macro shots, where the 3D effect can be too strong.

“Interval 3D Shooting” mode allows further flexibility; it is possible to take two shots from different viewpoints continuously while the photographer is moving, for example by train, airplane, or car, etc., to achieve 3D images of long-distance views. Users can enjoy more dynamic 3D shots, whether they are capturing a sea of clouds from an airplane, or taking 3D shots of distant views from a car window. By using the “Parallax Control (3D Tuning Function)”, the 3D images can be manually adjusted for a clear and sharper 3D view for the best view for each person. Adjustable in both live images on LCD while shooting and recorded images; this simplicity-of-use lets users really get creative when shooting in 3D!

2D photography – Powerful 2D still functions

Don’t overlook the fact that this camera also brings fun new possibilities in 2D photography! You can really take advantage of the fact that this is actually two digital cameras in one. The “Advanced 2D Mode” lets users take two different shots simultaneously by pressing the shutter once. With “Tele/Wide Simultaneous Shooting”, it is possible to take a close-up photo of the subject and, at the same time, a photo with a wider span – just by changing the settings of the two lenses. Achieving zoom and wide angle photography with single press of shutter. With “2-Color Simultaneous Shooting” mode, users can take photos of the same scene with different color tonalities, for example, “Standard” and “Fujichrome”, by changing the processing signals on the two sensors. Able to achieve 2 different images with different color tonality. At the same time, 13 types of scene position are featured to enjoy various shooting styles that can be used both in 2D and 3D shooting.

“2-Sensitivity Simultaneous Shooting” mode enables you to change the sensitivity setting of the two shooting systems, which expands the range of photographic expression. In scenes where it is difficult to determine the optimal camera settings, users can take shots with picture stabilization priority and then with picture quality priority and choose the best image later, or change the picture stabilization levels to take two different shots simultaneously.

A beautiful, cutting-edge exterior design that is durable yet easy to use.

You can’t deny this is a good-looking camera, with cutting-edge style. The sleek sliding barrier which protects the two lenses is specially formed so that it can be firmly gripped with both hands. The exterior finish is a luxurious Piano Black finish with a superb, high-gloss, elegant shine. To add to the glamour, the neon blue “3D” logo illuminates when the camera is switched on. On the back of the camera, operating buttons such as the one-touch 3D/2D switch button, are placed on both sides of the camera for simple operation using both hands. The newly developed 2.8-inch 3D LCD monitor displays natural and beautiful 2D and 3D images, enabling you to compose and playback your pictures easily.

Main Features

– Capture and enjoy realistic 3D stills and movies
– Take 3D telephoto and macro shots with Advanced 3D Mode
– Standard 2D photographs can also be taken, just like conventional digital cameras
– Advanced 2D Mode lets you simultaneously take two shots at different settings
– Featuring the 3D LCD system, allowing 3D images to be viewed live whilst shooting
-Cutting edge design and the very latest, pioneering technology

8.0 inch 3D digital viewer that allows you to enjoy 3D images on a high resolution screen

FinePix REAL 3D V1

The 3D digital viewer “FinePix REAL 3D V1″ features Fujifilm’s newly developed 3D/2D display 8.0-inch LCD panel, which allows users to enjoy and playback 3D images without needing to wear special 3D glasses. Insert a SD memory card which 3D images have been saved, and enjoy a 3D slideshow just by switching on the power. If the “Parallax Control” is used, you can adjust the 3D effect on the viewer manually.

The 3D digital viewer will suit any living room with its slim & minimalistic design. With various playback functions, you can enjoy various 3D and 2D slideshows, plus a Micro Thumbnail View, and an easy-to-use “Image Search” feature.

With an adjustable stand you can change the angle for clearer 3D viewing, and enjoy simple operation with the intuitive remote control included. The viewer can read and display image data stored on memory cards. It can also receive image data via high-speed Ir Communication. Users can also directly connect it to their personal computer via USB and transfer stored images to the viewer for display.

Key Features

– Supports playback of natural 3D stills and movies
– 3D/2D LCD panel (400 x 600 x 2 channel)
– Easy-to-use touch operation

PLUS, print your 3D images with high precision Fujifilm technology!

With spectacular results, Fujifilm has integrated high precision prints, with lenticular sheets, resulting in the ability to produce high resolution 3D images. The process involves the 3D image data being integrated using highly advanced technology and projected through a lenticular sheet lens to produce an image with binocular disparity. This then creates a very special 3D print with incredible detail and beauty, keeping precious moments alive forever.



  1. says

    This is awesome! I would like to see some sample images. What I don’t quite get is, don’t you need 3D glasses to view these images? Or else line them up side by side and cross your eyes?

    • says

      @Samantha – I’m right there with you. I’m looking forward to seeing how all this works. According to Fuji, you won’t need 3D glasses; however, you’ll need to order Fuji’s special prints to get the proper 3D effect. I don’t think you’ll need to cross your eyes though. Hopefully, I’ll get my hands on one when it’s released and report back.

  2. says

    This is an excellent achievement from FujiFilm and I hope the technology catches on. If the price is not totally insane i’m going to try to get my hands on one of these!

  3. Chris says

    I’m planning on picking up one of these, but I’m concerned that Fuji is not being very clear on the synchronization of the 2 images. The action shot of the snow boarder in their ad is unrealistic, and if the sync is off, the 3d image will be flawed. I hope I’m wrong, but it looks like the subject of the 3D images will have to be very still.

  4. Larry Elie says

    The viewer (on camera and seperate) is a ‘Barrier 3D Display’, which is sort of a poor-man’s lenticular 3D display. They work fine. Google it. You can get one for your LCD monitor or TV. One eye is blocked from seeing what only the other eye should see, as long as you are within a fairly generous range of depths from the display, which is what you will be when taking a picture. Fuji did a good job in pulling together many things others have been doing into a single product. Yes, there are other ‘glasses free’ 3D solutions out there. Yes, there are 2 digital camera syncronizers out there to do 3D (I made one myself) and the timing is not an issue until we try to ‘over depth’ something; you do that with two shots now and with Fuji; please don’t worry about that detail, the US Air Force worked out those details in 1943. The prints are to give to friends who don’t have the viewer, or a 3D LCD monitor; there are companies who make them now; I have some on my desk. Fuji is to be applauded, unless the price kills it. I want mine yesterday.

  5. W.Unland says

    I played with a production model here in Tokyo where they are already on sale. I’ve been a stereographer for 20+ years and was excited by the hype and potential. Unfortunately this camera uses a lenticular viewing panel which makes it little more than a digital nimslo. You still have to shift your head back and forth to “get” the 3D just like those novelty greeting cards etc., and the display frame had an annoying “flicker” that gave me a headache. The 3d movie was fun, but again limited by the annoying viewing panel. The image on the camera viewer itself was outstanding, but with the view panel as it is now sold being the ONLY was to view the images I won’t be spending the money . The prints will be little more than the nimslo prints available , what 30 years ago ,I’m afraid. I think alternating polorizers and viewing glasses would have worked better, but that’s just my opinion. I had high hopes but was disappointed. Price $1000 for camera and view panel.

  6. Chris says

    Just ordered my camera today. The long time experts are starting to post images online and I no longer have any concerns about synchronization between left and right images. Looks like this camera is going to be a winner! I can put away my 2-camera rig and save a pocket for the new camera. I can’t wait!!!

  7. Jas Paris says

    I am traveling in Tokyo, and just played with this camera and the monitor at Bic Camera (one of the larger Tokyo Camera stores) and I find the camera and monitor just great! The video’s really do jump out at you, though the 8″ monitor is a little small. The system reminds me a little of the DIDIK 3D tv experimental tv systems of the late 1970’s which also used lenticular screens in front of monitors and a two lens configuration being recorded on a large format 1″ video tape of the time (www.didik.com/dtv.htm). The Fuji 3D camera is selling for list price here, which is about $1100 for the two together.