The Fujifilm W3 is the second-generation 3D digital compact camera makes the world of digital 3D photography even more real
Image quality and Verdict
Images in 2D appear to be as sharp and punchy as you’d expect from any decent 2D digital compact camera. However, on close inspection, there does seem to be signs of noise reduction even on the ISO 100 shots, while at ISO 800 the effect becomes more pronounced. Once into 3D the images look stunning, both on the rear screen and even on a large 3D television, giving a crisp clear image with impressive depth that you could almost reach in and touch. Video is also impressive to be able to capture, and the effect transforms even simple 3D clips into absorbing film that you could almost step right into.
Sceptics are still waiting in the wings to see if there is any future in the 3D market but with so much already invested in it – across cinema and home entertainment – it will certainly be with us for the significant future. Since the launch of the original W1 camera, there have been 3D-capable models from Panasonic and Sony (Sweep Panorama) and there are bound to be yet more contenders popping up in the new year.
If you want to dip your toe into the world of 3D and produce your own content for your 3D TV, then this camera is the perfect way to do it. The W3 is a fun piece of kit that, though not perfect, delivers great 3D results in a relatively compact and affordable way.