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Friday, September 26, 2008
FujiFilm Develops 3D Digital Camera


Fujifilm announced a radical departure from current imaging systems with the development of a completely new, real image system (3D digital camera, 3D digital photo frame, 3D print).

The company pushed the boundaries of digital imaging further and aims at producing devices which offer new ways to capture and process images.

Until now, 3D systems were hampered by poor image quality, which often meant the need for special 3D glasses. One major benefit of Fujifilm's FinePix Real 3D System is that for digital camera LCD playback, display and print, the image can be seen as it was originally seen with the naked eye.

Fujifilm's new 3D image system features advanced image signal processing and micro-component technologies, and the company is so far able to demonstrate a camera, a viewing panel and a 3D printing system.

Technology Behind the 3D Camera

The 3D camera depends heavily on a newly developed chip called the "RP (Real Photo) Processor 3D" which synchronizes the data passed to it by both CCD sensors, and instantaneously blends the information into a single high quality image, for both stills and movies.

"Built-in 3D auto" determines optimal shooting conditions from both sensors. 3D auto means that as soon as the shutter is depressed, key metrics for the image, such as focus, zoom range, exposure, etc. are synchronized. The camera is also fitted with built-in synchro control, giving 0.001-second precision for shutter control and movie synchronization.

The processor uses the very latest technologies of high sensitivity and high resolution as the newest 2D processors.

Special identical high quality compact Fujinon lenses have been developed for the 3D system to ensure complete conformity between the left and right images.

The LCD monitor system has also been completely revised. The camera is fitted with a 2.8-inch, 230,000 pixel LCD. Thanks to a new engineering approach, screen flickering and image deterioration, thought to be difficult to overcome, are reduced to an absolute minimum to achieve natural 3D images. The screen will also resolve 2D images as any other camera LCD.

Viewing with the FinePix Real 3D System

A new 8.4-inch, "FinePix Real 3D Photo Frame" with over 920,000 pixels has also been developed. The LCD monitor on the camera and the stand alone display panel share similar technologies which solve the problem of screen flickering and image ghosting, common problems with earlier developments, giving high resolution viewing of images in 3D or standard 2D.



A newly developed "light direction control module" in the back of the LCD controls light to right eye and left eye direction. This light direction control system enables high quality 3D viewing without special 3D glasses.

Fujifilm has also developed a 3D printing system using a fine pitch lenticular sheet.



FinePix Real 3D System is also paving the way for new possibilities in 2D photo shooting. The heart of the system is a new concept camera fitted with dual lenses. Each lens can capture stills or movies from a slightly different position, producing the basis of the 3D image. By combining new dual lens system, new functions can be achieved, for example, image quality improvement function (Simultaneous Dual-Image Shooting: Multi-Expression). For users, this is just one possibility from a dual lens camera.

The company aims to commercialize the system in 2009.


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