The camera's 3D monitor uses the same autostereoscopic Fresnel micro-lens technique as the printing system, and again the three-dimensional effect is surprisingly convincing, although it only really works when the screen is viewed straight on. Viewing the image is a bit like looking at one of those “magic eye” pictures. You have to slightly de-focus your eyes and look into the image to get the full effect, but the sense of depth is very compelling.
The only problem with it, and this is something that is true of 3D movies like Avatar as well, is that the focus point and depth of field is fixed when the photo is taken, and this confuses the eye somewhat. You expect objects in the foreground and background to come into focus when you look at them, or to go out of focus when you look at something closer or further away, but they don't. This breaks the 3D illusion to a certain extent, and means that objects tend to look a bit like flat cardboard cut-outs. Nonetheless it is a remarkable feat of technology and a guaranteed conversation-starter when you show people the results on the monitor. The screen is at least large (3.5 inches), bright and exceptionally sharp, with a resolution of 1.15 million dots.
Due to the camera's unusual design it does have one minor handling issue. It you hold the camera in one hand like any normal compact, making use of the finger-grip detail on the front panel, it is very easy to accidentally get your finger in front of the right-hand lens. It's better to hold the camera in both hands and keep your fingers well out of the way when shooting. Despite this the camera is well made and looks quite sleek despite its bulk.
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