Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Review

October 25, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


While debate rages on as to whether 3D is just a passing fad - as it was cinematically way back in the 1950s - or, thanks to technological advancements, here to stay, Fujifilm is offering a 3D capture solution in the here and now, the output from which can be enjoyed without Matrix style spectacles if using the camera's own impressive screen. For those reasonably serious about 3D capture who don't want to spend a fortune at this stage achieving it, Fujifilm's W3 presents a user friendly and relatively affordable option - particularly given the limited alternatives at present.

So is the W3 ultimately a gimmick? We were allowed to play with the camera for just over a week and hadn't exhausted its possibilities in that time - in fact we'd barely scratched the surface - so we'd suggest it's rather more than a five-minute wonder.

And yes you need a 3D TV or monitor to get the best out of the camera, or you're stuck with using the W3 itself as a glorified viewer, or, presently, dispatching files to Japan to get prints made. Still, the W3 works, it's well built and it's a lot of fun. Though there are bound to be further improvements, refinements and enhancements down the line, what more could you ask for at the present time?

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4