3D media has become widely available on televisions and there is even talk of new 3D Televisions going on sale soon which remove the need of the silly looking glasses that are currently needed to view 3D media. The digital camera market has also been affected by this 3D craze as Sony has recently released a new line of cameras with 3D photography allowing camera enthusiasts to add an extra spin on their pictures by adding another dimension into their photographs.
So how does it work? Well just like 3D TV, 3D cameras take multiple pictures in slightly different angles and combine them into one picture which allows them to add greater depth to the images.
While there are other cameras which are capable of producing 3D images, all of them rely on 2 lenses to take a 3D image whereas the Sony CyberShot 3D series claims to be unique in that it uses only one lens but takes advantage of Sony’s new Sweep Panorama technology which takes up to 100 images as you sweep the camera left and right.
Currently, CyberShot 3D cameras are scarce with the DSC – WX5 (around £200) and the DSC-HX7V (closer to £300) being two examples of current models but with more models on the way as well as other brands releasing 3D cameras one thing is clear that 2011 will be the year of the 3D cameras.