Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 Review

4.0
October 1, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 10 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4.5Mb.

The Fujifilm W1 records a 3D image in the MPO format which can only be viewed on the W1's screen or the V1 photo viewer. Therefore we used 2D / JPEG images for all of our image quality tests, so that you can at least see what its "normal" quality is like.

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 produced 2D images of above average quality during the review period. The 10 megapixel sensor produces noise-free images at ISO 100, but there's some limited noise starting to appear at ISO 200. ISO 400 exhibits fairly visible noise and loss of fine detail but is still very usable, while ISO 800 and 1600 get progressively noisier. The Real 3D W1 didn't suffer too badly from aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The pop-up flash worked quite well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate exposure, but the 8cms macro mode isn't anything to shout about. The night photograph was OK, with the maximum shutter speed of 3 seconds just allowing you to capture enough light in most situations. The images were a little soft straight out of the camera and ideally require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, as you can't change the in-camera setting if you don't like the default results.

Noise

There are 5 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1's 3x zoom lens offers a rather restricted focal range, as illustrated by these examples:

35mm

105mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft and ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can't change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 handled chromatic aberrations quite well during the review, with limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situation, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 8cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash and Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (35mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (35mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (105mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (105mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-Eye Correction option caused any red-eye.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction Auto

Red-eye Reduction Auto (100% Crop)

Night Shot

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1's maximum shutter speed is 3 seconds in the Night (Tripod) mode, which is not very good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/2 second at ISO 100. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Entry Tags

10 megapixel, 2.8 inch LCD, 3x zoom, 3D, stereoscopic, 3 dimensional, W1, Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 Review, Fujifilm W1

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