Fujifilm has today announced what it bills as the first three-dimensional camera that lets users see 3D images without the need to wear special glasses.

Due out in September, at a price yet to be announced, the 10-million-pixel FinePix Real 3D W1 camera creates two images using two lenses, captured simultaneously at slightly different viewing angles. It can also takes 2D images, like a conventional digital camera.

‘The Real Photo Processor 3D ? synchronises data passed to it by the two lenses and two CCD sensors, to determine shooting conditions such as focus, brightness and tonality to instantaneously blend this information into a single symmetrical image, for both stills and movies,’ said the firm in a statement.

It adds: ‘The Real 3D camera allows you to adjust the settings to suit the scene being photographed. When using the 3D two-shot function, the camera shifts to take the second shot after taking the first, and saves a single 3D image in the camera manually.’

The 3D ‘Interval Shooting’ mode allows two shots to be taken from different viewpoints continuously while the photographer is moving, designed to achieve 3D images of long distance views.

Users can view the image in 3D on the camera’s own 2.8in LCD screen (230,000 dot resolution). This allows images to be viewed ‘live’, while shooting, and played back in 3D or 2D format, according to Fuji.

A separate 8in 3D picture viewer (FinePix Real 3D V1) will also be available.

Carrying a screen resolution of 480,000 dots, this is also due out in September.

Fuji says it will also launch a 3D ‘lenticular’ printing service, dedicated to those who buy the camera.

The camera features a lens designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 35-105mm zoom.

The maximum equivalent ISO sensitivity is 1600 and exposure control modes include aperture priority and manual.

The camera is compatible with SD memory cards.

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