DXG offers low-budget 3D stills
by Mark R
What you are seeing here is a new type of 3D viewer from DXG, creator of a lot of terrific HD camcorders.
This 3D viewer can only take still shots, and I got to try it out. You get the 3D that you may or may not have been looking for, but you really have to jump through a lot of hoops for it.
What happens is that you take pictures with the dual-lens camera. The viewscreen on the back of the camera is only 1.44 inches, and you can see the images in realtime. You can then print them out and put them in the included paper 3D viewer for a “Viewmaster” effect.
When it comes to printing them out, I had trouble at first. I used the included USB cable, but it didn’t quite work. I eventually ejected the SD card (which is not included with the product) and inserted it into my printer’s slot. Thanks to PictBridge technology, it recognized my 3D images and printed them out in the form of two 2D images that merge together to form a 3D image in the viewer. I hope it works without any difficulty on other printers.
I tried this out with ordinary 8 x 11 paper, and it worked, but the company recommends 4 x 6 photo paper. There is a clear difference, and I mean that in every sense of the word.
In all honesty, we are looking at one of the cheapest ways to bring 3D to the average consumer. Granted, it is in still form, and not for video. If you want it, you can get it in various colors for about $69.99 on the official DXG site.