Unboxed – Fujifilm Real 3D W3

We rummage through the box of the 3D-HD-shooting Fujifilm W3

We unwrap the twin-lens imaging colossus that is the new Fujifilm Real 3D W3, and do a quick comparison with the W1…

Okay, so before we begin, it's worth pointing out the biggest change from the W1 – the W3 records 3D videos in 720p high definition. The poor W1 could only manage VGA. Ooh, and the W3 also has a glorious 3.5-inch widescreen LCD.

Right, we're in. As you can see, there's an HDMI-to-Mini-HDMI cable. We're not sure if that'll come as standard yet, so don't get your hopes up.

There it is, in all its anti-glare-finish glory. Mich nicer than the glossy W3, innit? That funny protrusion on the left is simply to make it easier to slide the lens cover down, and thus turn the camera on.

Stood next to the W1, the W3 is noticeably sleeker and has less of a My First Camera feel to it. It's neither as tall nor thick, but it's still as wide, due to the distance required between the lenses. The Mini HDMI port is under a flap on the right side, alongside a micro-USB port for charging.

A couple of interesting changes can be seen from the top plate: the zoom control is now on a rocker around the shutter-release button, and the parallax adjustment is more intuitively placed on the top, rather than the back.

So, visually not too much has changed, but it's mostly been for the better. However, the controls around the back have had a major makeover – and you'll have to wait for our full review to see how we like the new ergonomics and what we think of that 3D HD video. Don't worry, you won't have to wait long.

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