3D Digital Cameras

As with anyone with an interest in photography at some point you'll
encounter 3D stereoscopic photography.

For the most part the focus of people's 3D photography is somewhat on the novelty of presenting images with apparent depth. This novelty, advertisers in both print and on screen realise the advantage of having images that remain in the viewers/customers consciousness long after they're viewed. New technologies in TV's and computer monitors are increasingly geared up especially for 3D viewing. It really is the next step in the same way people moved from black and white to color, there's no going back.

Regarding photography I believe the art can be greatly enhanced by the appearance of depth.
The results can be quite captivating.

sony cybershots with 3D Bracket

My two Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P43 Cameras and the bracket I engineered to hold the cameras in place.

What follows is my brief experience with some of the cameras I've used and continue to use to take 3d photographs.

Firstly, a little description of my Sony Cybershot camera and then

as I took the subject more seriously my thoughts on a dedicated digital 3d camera (Fujifilms Finepix Real 3D W3 Camera).

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P43

One of my reasons for purchasing the Sony Cyber-shot cameras was the fact that it's lens was approximately 23mm from it's outer casing. I realised that with two of these cameras I could engineer a bracket to keep them in place with each lens approx 65mm apart. As seen in the above image. I was searching for an inexpensive solution, as there were many dedicated stereoscopic cameras available BUT at cost.

Why do you need two cameras?

Well, you don't. Anyone can take 3D stereoscopic images with their existing camera. Compose a still life picture (fruit bowl, cup on a table even a landscape scene where you're sure there is no movement in the scene). Take the picture, then move your camera approximately 65mm to one side and take another picture of the same scene. This mimics the distance that your eyes are set apart (everybody's eyes are set the same distance).


Take one picture using your left eye then take the next picture with your right eye focussing on the same point in your composition.

Now you have a stereoscopic set of pictures you can view them as left and right images for either cross-eyed viewing or parallel-eyed viewing. If you take them into Photoshop or similar image editing software you remove the red channel from one photo and the blue channel from the other then combine them to make a 3D anaglyph for viewing with red/blue glasses. See how to make 3D anaglyphs in photoshop click here.

Sony Cybershot DSC P43

Sony Cybershot DSC P43

Why use the bracket

I'd been taking my 3D photos with just one camera. The results work well but it takes a little effort in positioning your camera just the right distance apart. Also, if there's movement in a scene you won't have a chance to be able to move your camera and take the second shot, to capture the moment.

Some of my earlier photos with and without my bracket can still be seen online here, they're anaglyphs requiring red/green glasses. Viewing these examples you'll see it's still a bit hit and miss, some work better than others due to parallax. This is the

angle of the camera lenses (The convergence angle). In both shots the focus should be at the same point in a scene. This convergence angle is known as the parallax.

Using the bracket allowed me to concentrate on the composition of the photograph without worrying if I'd set my cameras at the correct distance. I'd still have make sure each cameras settings were the same and get used to operating one camera upside-down. Still not an ideal set-up because I'd have to get used to trying press each shutter button at exactly the same time

and of course they'll always be some small difference, fractions of seconds, but in photography this makes a difference and it's not ideal.

With all that said I still achieved results I'm pleased with and had fun with my cheaper solution. You can still purchase these cameras, second hand very inexpensively. It's possible to make a bracket for any camera where the position of the lens is close enough to the outside of the camera allowing you to position two cameras the correct distance with the lenses approx. 65mm apart.

Sony Cybershot DSC P43


All round Sony make robust cameras and the cheaper cameras offer very good results for the money. I seem to have swapped between Sony and Fuji cameras each time I upgrade my equipment.

At the time of purchase the 4.1mega pixels were of a high standard although I've been aware of the image quality limitations of the camera as it's really aimed at ease of use to take on holidays or record special moments easily by virtue of its compact size.

I would like to say at this point when loaded with it's 4 AA batteries it seems quite heavy. A minor point these days compared to lugging old SLR cameras these modern day digital cameras are are a breeze to transport and carry around.

I wanted to take quality images as part of my hobby but also to be able to use it for work (I build web sites) taking pictures of peoples products or places of work. This camera's performed the task admirably. In fact I kind of like working with its optical and resolution limitations, getting the best shots I can out of it. Many a time I've even decreased the resolution of the pictures I'm taking so as I can upload them directly to web pages without having to put them through image compression softwares, saving me time, a factor that's been important when uploading hundreds of product shots.

There have been times when an optical zoom would have been an advantage as I never use the digital zoom on cameras, I fear I'd be disappointed with the resulting image once uploaded the pc/mac.

To sum up, I think Sony make terrific cameras at this cheaper end of the market, that's not to say their more expensive models are not good, it's just that I haven't tried them yet!! But I'd be perfectly willing too given my experience with these models. The buttons and controls are easily and quickly mastered and not too fiddly to operate. The image quality for price is great and you can achieve stunning shots with a bit of luck or applying some basic photography skills.

I'd rate the Sony DSC P43 8/10


  • Brand: Sony
  • Resolution: 4.10 Mpixel
  • Maximum resolution: 2304x1728 pixels
  • Optical zoom: NO
  • LCD screen size: 1.5-inch
  • Video function: Yes
  • Dimensions: 102x53x35
  • Image Resolutions: 640 x 480, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960
  • Digital Zoom: 3x
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Focal Length: 5 mm
  • Aperture Range: f2.8 (w)
  • Shutter Speed: 1 - 1/1000 sec
  • Frames per Second: 1.7
  • Viewfinder: Yes
  • LCD Panel Size: 1.5 Inch
  • Video Resolutions: 640 x 480 (VGA), 160 x 112
  • Video Refresh Rate: 30 FPS
  • Video Formats: MPEG
  • Memory Type: Memory Stick Pro
  • Compression Types: JPEG
  • Flash Type: Built-In
  • Flash Functions: Flash Off, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Slow Sync
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Battery Life: 400 Images
  • Measurements (imp.):
    Width 3.98 in.
    Depth 1.4 in.
    Height 2.13 in.
    Weight 0.29 lb

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3

I enjoyed making my adapter and taking photographs with my Sony cameras. Finding myself in a position to upgrade my equipment I then decided on the

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 Review

Click the link to read my thoughts on this camera so far.



Sony Cybershot P-43


A good all round, take anywhere camera, the Sony cybershot P43 was a well made camera offering good quality images (for its price range). My cameras have never failed me and continue to work well (I have had problems with memory cards before but that's not the camera's fault). Although, it's old technology now you can still have fun with cheap second hand versions of these cameras. I found a space on the web called "Camera Tossing"!!! You set the timer, then throw your camera in the air trying to get a spin on it for some very interesting blurred results. Good fun! But not something you want to do with a NEW camera!!!  Camera Tossing
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