Fujifilm introduce a 3D camera/HD Video “FinePix Real 3D W3″ £399

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Following on from the successful launch of the world’s first 3D camera in September ‘09, Fujifilm continue to offer consumers the opportunity to make their own true, rather than interpolated, 3D content with the launch of a new camera – the FinePix Real 3D W3.

A world’s first!
While smaller and lighter than the original model, the FinePix W3 adds a bigger and better quality screen, an Auto 3D mode, stereo sound recording and the unique ability to shoot video in Real 3D in High Definition, with live or recorded playback via direct connection to any 3D TV – using an HDMI mini-cable (hi-speed type) 1.4 cable.

The FinePix W3 continues Fujifilm’s strategy of offering Real 3D content by replicating the human visual system in combining two high quality lens and two CCDs in the one chassis – and allows consumers the option of viewing 3D images and video either with or without special glasses.

3D content can be viewed, and on a huge scale, on any of the increasing number of large screen 3D TVs by using the sets’ supplied glasses.

Alternatively consumers can also view stunning 3D images and video without glasses through the camera’s built-in 3.5inch LCD display or via the optional 8” 3D digital viewer/photoframe. Images can also be made into special ‘lenticular’ prints – via a unique printing process which will shortly be available in the UK for the first time and in a range of sizes up to 9”x6”.

Owners of 3D TVs can also rest assured that the FinePix W3 will show their new screen at its very best, thanks to the unique 3D HD video recording and a parallax control function which helps to remove crosstalk problems by allowing 3D fine tuning, even after the images have been taken.

A rather special 2D Camera
They may already be bowled over by the unique 3D performance of the FinePix W3, but consumers can also be happy in the knowledge that they are also purchasing a very special 2D camera indeed.

This new technology has also brought some unique benefits to shooting images and video in the 2D world, bringing new creative freedom to the user.

By featuring twin high quality Fujinon lens and two CCD sensors the FinePix W3 effectively becomes two cameras in one body, while the powerful, proprietary processor allows the camera to take two different photos at the same time.

So photographers can select to shoot both close-up and wide angle versions of a photo, or two alternative colour balances or have an image with two versions with high and low sensitivity.

The FinePix Real 3D W3 camera will be launched in early September 2010 with an estimated selling price of £399 and will be available from major department stores and leading independent camera specialists.

Key features at a glance:

3D HD Movie (720p) and 3D still image capture
Instant 3D playback on build-in High Contrast, 3.5” 3D LCD (without the need for special 3D glasses)
Direct Connection via HDMI high-speed 1.4(Type A-Type C) cable to any branded 3D HDTV
Two 1/2.3” 10 Megapixel CCD
Two Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
Compact and light-weight 230g body (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
2D Special effects using Simultaneous Shooting functions

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What are the BBC playing at “iMac cover up”

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Watching a BBC 2 programme called “The Home Movie Roadshow” I started to notice that they had gaffa taped the black Apple logos on all their iMacs. Sorry but if you are going to use Apple iMacs throughout your programme the least you can do is not stick badly cut out circles to conceal the black Apple logo, not only does it look stupid but it’s an insult to the technology they are obviously happy to use.

Oh I hear the BBC cry “that would be advertising” bollocks…you are advertising using an iconic computer like the intel iMac as it is so why sacrifice its looks for a mincy piece of gaffa tape. Once again we are seeing BBC executives landing on the side of stupidity…what next ?

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Manfrotto 504HD tripod review £500 plus vat kit “Best Buy of 2010″

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No wonder 3D has not taken off

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Firstly can I add that watching 1960s 3D…the bad old Red/Green shift is unwatchable, the deep colours wash out any colour and you are left watching a black and white film that has some depth to it, this in my opinion is the cheapest and poorest kind of 3D and gives todays modern 3D a bad name. This is a ghost from the 1960s and should have stayed there.

TIP. If you see a 3D Blu-ray DVD with this notice on the back telling you about the 2 pairs of 3D glasses…don’t bother. Having looked a bit more seriously into 3D I am horrified to discover how many different types of “3D” there is on offer and even more horrified to discover the cheap and nasty Red/Green version on big cinema titles.

My son who is 26 went with his pal to see Toy Story Three for the “3D experience” in order to view 3D he is asked to fork out 80p for glasses which is not a lot of money and we are talking polarisation. His review of the experience is as follows “The big screen helps but the 3D is not as good as I was expecting considering it was an animated film.”

Lastly I have a demo 50″ 3D Panasonic with a 3D Blu-ray player which uses powered polarisation glasses at £100 per pair. Apart from having to wear glasses this does give you a feeling of depth and fantastic vivid colours…but with one major flaw…as yet you cannot get any 3D films that play on the Panasonic system.

The one saviour for Panasonic will be the introduction of the new 3D domestic camcorder the HDC-SDT750 this will tip the balance, think about filming your children, a friends wedding and showing it back on 3D… it will look fantastic. The domestic market will drive 3D as long as the camcorder is easy to use and simple to produce 3D DVDs, only time will tell.


“Incorporating Panasonic broadcast technology, this new 3MOS camcorder lets users easily create their own 3D movies, something that only professional image producers were previously able to do. Combined with a VIERA 3DTV and Blu-ray Disc™ player/recorder, the SDT750 makes it possible to save precious memories of friends and family in vivid, lifelike images, to further expand the world of 3D enjoyment at home.”

Alister Chapman (3D expert)

“Anaglyph (Red/Green) is just a viewing method. Movies or productions are not made in Anaglyph. The production process is identical for most productions whether it’s Avatar for the cinema or a corporate for the web. Done correctly an optimised anaglyph with a pair of good quality glasses (not the cheap cardboard ones) can look very good. The best example of good Anaglyph is the Dolby 3D system used in many cinemas. This is a modern version of Anaglyph that uses very narrow colour bands for each eye and rivals RealD Polarised when it comes to quality. The reason why Anaglyph is still used so much is that it can be used on any colour display or printed medium and other than the glasses requires no additional hardware.

The majority of S3D today however is being shown using other methods such as active glasses or polarised projection or screens, even youtube’s 3D player has the option to choose a display method to match the technology that you have. NVIDIA graphics cards have built in 3D drivers, 3D PC monitors can be purchased for £250, 3D laptops are readily available and more and more 3D TV’s are becoming available.

3D is here to stay, it may not be for everyday viewing but for many applications it is a winner. Take sports, now you can tell which way the ball is going, not just left or right. Now you can see the slopes and bumps on a golf green. Natural history will be able to show you things as you have never seen them before and movies will be able to become more immersive.”

So whats the conclusion…stay clear of FREE red/green glasses this is 3D at it’s worst in my opinion, the cinema is the next best thing but 80p glasses don’t give you that wow factor and the best of the lot by 600% is the powered polarisation glasses by Panasonic, but with no films available to date 3D in my books is still a non starter, one ray of light is the £1700 3D domestic camcorder from Panasonic due in September, this could yet tip the balance in Panasonic’s favour.

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Manfrotto 504HD Review coming soon

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23,656 views is a massive following for the Sony NEX-VG10

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One of the more respected forums in the USA, DV Info has clocked up over 23 thousand views on a thread all about the new Sony NEX-VG10. When you consider the Canon 5D2 thread which has been around for well over a year has a thread that’s only clocked up 21,689 views, I rest my case.

Once again HD Warrior has predicted a trend away from the HDSLR and can I just warn you now all video retailers will be on short supply this side of Christmas so head my warning pre order your camera this week to get a sniff of one of these camcorders in September or you might be into 2011 before fresh supplies are available.

This wee camcorder is going to be the most sought after piece of video kit this year and will outstrip demand for months to come.

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Sony NEX-VG10 September launch along with Panasonics AF100

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EBAY are preparing for a large volume of HDSLRs during September with the introduction of the first Shallow Depth of Field (SDoF) camcorder from both Sony Domestic (NEX-VG10) and Panasonic Professional (AF100).

Both camcorders are poles apart when it comes to features but they both hold the same coveted feature the SDoF. Sony surprised everyone by bringing out their SDoF camcorder in a domestic form first, running in at about £1,600. There is no tentative pricing for the AF100 but rumours have the camcorder with no lens in the region of about £5,300.

It seems that Panasonic will finally reveal all during the IBC show this September including pricing but strangely no word yet on Sony’s professional SDoF camcorder, due early February 2011. I am not sure if Sony are coming in with two hats on…the VG10 for the student and enthusiast market and moping up the rest with the professional camcorder.

In the professional video world Sony out sells other manufacturers by ten to one so you can see Sony’s logic by entering both the domestic and pro market with a SDoF camcorder.

Just in case you have not noticed…the side of the new Sony VG10 has very similar controls to the Sony MC50 with some exceptions, the VG10 has more manual control switches on the outside making it a far better featured camcorder from day one. We have a gain switch which is sadly missing off the MC50 but will be a great benefit for film makers using the VG10.

So what of the HDSLR world…my advice is sell, sell, sell…long before September as this little beauty will be like gold dust from September till Japan catches up with the sheer volume of expected sales.

Canon had this marketplace sewn up… in fact, Canon sold four times more HDSLRs last year making it their best year ever but have come to a grinding halt with no new featured HDSLRs since the EOS 550D last February. It is rumoured that we might see a prototype SDoF camcorder from Canon during IBC next month but as usual they will be in the long shadow of both Panasonic and Sony by the time we see a working model.

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The NEW Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

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