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Rollei 3D Camera and 3D Digital Photo Frame Bust out of the 2D Realm

by Shane McGlaun

3D is all fine and good in my book, but I, like many of you, won’t get into 3D in my home until I can watch without those stupid glasses. I like the idea of being able to take 3D video and 3D pictures too, but again I don’t want to break out my wallet until no glasses are needed and I can actually view the pics off the computer or camera.

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German camera company Rollei has unveiled a new digital camera that can take 2D and 3D photos as well as record video. The camera is called the PowerFlex 3D. It uses dual 5MP image sensors that shoot slightly different images at the same time to create 3D effects. You can see the 3D photos on the camera’s 2.8-inch screen without having to wear glasses. The camera can also record 720p HD video in 2D, but so can your iPhone 4.

To be able to see those photos off the camera, Rollei [DE] also introduced a 7-inch digital photo frame. According to the Spec sheet (in German), the frame offers “3D – ohne spezialbrille” – which translates to “3D – without special glasses.”.

The frame also comes with software to make 2D photos look 3D and has an internal battery for 3 hours of viewing away from an outlet. The frame will sell for a rather pricey €300 (appx. $392 USD) when it launches in January in Europe. Pricing for the camera is unknown.




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Comments (3):

  1. DrT3d says:

    Why such strong feelings for 3d glasses? I have not heard any audiphile complain about “stupid headphones”. You have two visual chanels and need to direct each one to the corresponding eye. Some kind of “glasses” provides the best isolation and 3d viewing experience.

    • Technabob says:

      Largely because headphones aren’t nearly as uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. I can wear a set of earbuds or headphones for a 10 our flight without discomfort, but 3d glasses can start being uncomfortable almost immediately, causing eyestrain and headaches for some people. Heck I wear regular glasses for many hours each day, so it’s not so much the glasses themselves, but the fact that all glasses-based 3d to date play with your eyes natural depth perception, which can cause such side-effects. Frankly, I’m not sure glasses-free 3d won’t have some ofer the same impact after prolonged viewing. Only time will tell.

  2. you can buy cheap digital photo frames.It will save money

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