3D at CES – more on various 3D technologies shown at CES

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  1. Jim Hanson says:

    Thanks for all of the good info Ed. I am terribly disappointed in Fujifilm for not producing the improved W3. One of their tech guys told me last year that they had it in development with 16 MP photos and 1080p videos. Since they promote the W3 as an adjunct to 3D TV’s or their expensive 3D viewer it will be awhile before more people start to use it.

    And now the price for the W3 is so low that I doubt if they can profitably produce a new version of it if they also have to keep its price low. But I guess that’s OK with me for now because I get some very good travel images of Jamaica out of the W3 just as it is. Check out all of the great 3D stuff that I now have up on my travel website for Jamaica – 3d-jamaica.com (with many more coming soon from my trip there this January 2013).

  2. Edward says:

    Jim,
    I agree with the disappointment about not evolving the W3. I do not want to name the specific Fujifilm manager but he is an important manager with the company and I posted what he said about the W3.

    The good news, at least, is that the W3 lives on for now. But it is time for an upgrade when we consider all the innovations in other low end cameras that are out there now.

    From the business perspective, I can understand their reluctance to do an upgrade right now.

    One thought I have is that when you look at the 3D offerings, these companies were primarily targeting lower end consumers. and that was the wrong market segment. The Sony Bloggie 3D, the Lumix DMC-3D1, and the Fujifilm W3 all went after that market. Meanwhile, Sony and JVC came out with pro-sumer level cameras costing up to $2000 each! And those now live on!

    The cheap Bloggie 3D was discontinued.
    The Fujifilm W3 is likely the most successful of the bunch but its evolution is stopped for now
    The Lumix 3D1 has not been a big seller (its lack of a 3D LCD panel is a big part of that)

    But:
    The market for the Sony TD10 was big enough that they evolved it to the TD20 and now the TD30, and dropped the price from its original $2000 down to about $1000.
    The JVC prosumer 3D video camera is also still moving along.

    I think they all aimed at the wrong target market – the right market is the mid to higher range and prosumer market.

    Lots of advanced amateurs are spending $1000s on Nikons and Canons and bags of expensive lenses. That’s where the money is and where the serious enthusiasts are for doing 3D.

    The more I shoot 3D and the more I post online, the more people I am hearing from who are very interested in 3D. The market is there – but its an advanced photo interest market, not low end consumers.

    Ed