Fujifilm Real 3D W1 camera shoots 3D pix and video, no glasses required

Why does this camera have two lenses? Simple: Because you do, and Fujifilm's FinePix Real 3D W1 camera aims to take a photo "just as your eyes see it." The camera's 3D system is said to be the only one that can both snap pictures and record video in three dimensions — while never requiring you to wear silly glasses to view them properly. Nice.

It captures 3D pics via the two synchronized lenses married to a pair of CCD image sensors, with a proprietary processor "instantaneously" combining the data to create a single 3D image. Impressively, the system includes a 3x zoom, a fairly hard thing to integrate when you consider how precisely aligned the lenses need to be. The two lenses come in handy for 2D shooting, too, letting you capture a close-up and a wide span with the same shot, or getting two identical shots with different color tone.

That's all well and good, but how will those 3D pics and videos really look? Hard to say before the Real 3D W1 comes out in September (no price yet), but we're excited to find out. We're thinking something short of R2-D2's Princess Leia hologram, but probably better than those dumb Super Bowl ads.

Fujifilm, via Gizmodo