Fancy yourself the Steve Zissou of the digital age? Photog Eric Cheng is bringing his underwater footage into the 21st century with a really nice-looking custom dual camcorder setup that lets him shoot Shark Week-worthy video in 3-D.
Today Sharp announced plans that could turn your cellphone into a 3-D-shooting mini film studio as early as next year. The company today unveiled a mobile-phone 3-D camera capable of shooting in high def.
The module captures 720p stereoscopic (two-eyed) video and is only about two inches wide. To put that in perspective: Fuji's 3-D camera uses much larger, heavier sensors and only records standard-def video.
With existing camera technology, capturing 3-D images as the biological eye does is difficult and time consuming; basic stereoscopy requires two images to create a single 3-D frame, which means that to shoot 3-D video you need at least two cameras rolling on the same subject at the same time (even the high-tech gear behind Avatar required two different lenses). But engineers at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Italy have created a single camera that can capture the third dimension, using laser detection and creative use of CMOS technology.
And that's not all: The camera's sensor also records the smallest pixel currently in the field, a mere ten millionths of a meter (roughly one tenth the size of a human hair). Add it all up, and it's one pretty sweet piece of machinery, with the ability to capture not only the highest quality of detail in images, but to produce a depth of vision you can only get by adding the third dimension.