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LO3D still camera for lenticular displays

Allen Lo from LO3D (Hong-Kong) is the inventor of the Nimslo 3D camera (in 1980). Together with company partners who pioneered 3D photo imaging – Nimslo 3D film cameras, Kodak & Konica 3D single-use film cameras –, Allen Lo has been working on 3D technology for nine years. LO3D presented at the CES the first commercial 3D digital printer, 3D digital paper for prints, 3D digital cameras as well as  autostereoscopic digital photo frames.

Here under the 3-lenses and the 6-lenses cameras made for taking pictures with enough views to produce beautiful lenticular prints : weddings, portraits, commercial pack shots,...

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Matching cameras and special printers

The popularity of 3D photography may soon get a boost from a new 3D camera and photofinishing processor being marketed here by Hong Kong-based LO3D. The unique 3D system includes a three-lens (six-lenses in a professional version) point-and-shoot digital camera, an 8-inch glasses-free 3D digital photo frame and an all-in-one photofinishing processor. The processor, which is intended for photo labs, will produce lenticular 3D prints for both LO3D's camera as well as traditional two-lens 3D cameras. It will also perform conventional 2D photo processing.
Digital photos from the 3D cameras can be played back on 3DTVs and 3D photo frames by taking images from just two lenses. But LO3D's hard copy photos give the system its extra dimension. The LO3D photo processor uses traditional chemicals, but LO3D has developed a special printing paper to produce images from its three- and six-lens cameras.
The developing process is said to be very easy and fast. The LO3D paper uses a lenticular plastic that is part of the media, eliminating the need to laminate the back as occurs with more traditional lenticular printing methods.
The 3-lenses camera comes with 12GBs of internal memory, and a miniSD card slot. Images are captured with three lenses and three high resolution image processors.

Precision is key for lenticular prints

The non-laminated optical 3D paper is coated with color emulsion, offers 100 percent matching of the lenticular screen and the composite image sheet uses super high-resolution lenticules and super thin material. Other 3D photo printing processes require laminating a computer interlaced composite image sheet to a lenticular screen with glue or heat. This can create distortion, a low resolution image and is time consuming and unreliable, LO3D said.

Price

The all-in-one processor will sell for $75,000. The three-lens 3D camera will be sold as part of a kit with the 8-inch digital photo frame for a $300 suggested retail. Availability: around April 2012.

Source: LO3D press release. Read more about Allen Lo on Lenstar. LO3D will open its web site soon.

LO3D Address: LO3D, Unit B. 8/F., Hop Shi Factory Bldg., 29 Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong 852, Hong Kong (China).