Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 vs Kandao QooCam EGO vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 vs Kandao QooCam EGO vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

Since the QooCam EGO was released recently, I’ve been asked quite a few times how I think it compares to other compact digital stereo cameras, so here’s a post to do exactly that! I’ve taken three cameras, the Kandao QooCam EGO, the FujiFilm Finepix Real 3D W3, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1, with me to try all of them in automatic mode in the same surroundings to see how they hold up against each other for taking still 3-D photos. I’ve also added the specs for anyone interested.


I have to point out that the Lumix’s lenses are much closer together than the other two, so please keep that in mind as it needs to be closer to the subject.

CameraFuji Finepix W3QooCam EGOLumix DMC-3D1
Size124 x 66 x 28 mm94 x 53 x 22 mm (without viewer)108 x 58 x 24 mm
Weight (inc. battery)230 g160 g (without viewer)193 g
Photo Resolution (side-by-side stereo)(8:3) 7296 x 2736(8:3) 8000 x 3000(8:3) 6528 x 2448
Pixels (single mono photo, according to manufacturer)(4:3) 10 megapixels(4:3) 12 megapixels(4:3) 12 megapixels
Sensor Size & Type1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CCD1/2″ (6.4 x 4.8 mm) (TBD)1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CMOS
ISO Auto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600Auto (100), Auto (300), Auto (400) (others TBD)Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Focal Length35–105 mm27mm 25–100 mm
Max. ApertureF3.7–4.2F1.8F3.9–5.7
Max. Shutter Speed1/1000 sec1/6400 sec (TBC)1/1300 sec
Lens Separation (cm)
Best distance from subject for comfy 3-D depth (cm)22519590
3-D Display?Autostereoscopic instant display in 3-D (Lenticular 3-D with no glasses)Attachable magnetic viewer with instant display in 3-D.Mono (2-D half-stereo) images displayed only
Standard Output Still File FormatMPO & single mono JPGSingle file stereo JPGMPO & single mono JPG

Now for the stereos. Most of them I’ve not edited at all, but the few I have aligned and cropped, I’ve made it clear. All of them are on Auto settings – the QooCam EGO, however, does not have a manual focus, so I set the distance manually. I’ve also made sure that the file sizes haven’t been automatically reduced for display on the website – they are the direct size from the camera when un-cropped. If you click on the images, you can see them in full-size in Flickr, depending on what device you’re viewing it on.

Indoor, Studio Lighting, At the Best Distance According to the Lens Separation, On a Tripod

FujiFilm Finepix Real 3D W3 (225cm away):


Kandao QooCam EGO (195cm away):


Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 (90cm away):


Indoor, Studio Lighting, At the Best Distance According to the Lens Separation, On a Tripod, Cropped and Aligned:

FujiFilm Finepix Real 3D W3 (225cm away):


Kandao QooCam EGO (195cm away) (the left lens focus difference is very noticeable!):


Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 (90cm away):


Indoors, Same Distance, Hand-Held:

FujiFilm Finepix Real 3D W3:


Kandao QooCam EGO:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1:


Outdoors, Hand-Held, Same Distance

FujiFilm Finepix Real 3D W3:


Kandao QooCam EGO:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1:


You can really see a difference between the contrast and field of view with each camera.

I was quite shocked by the difference in the focus of the lenses for the QooCam EGO for the image I cropped, and it’s been apparent in other images I’ve taken with it; it’s definitely a disappointment as the older cameras don’t have the same issue. I’ve contacted Kandao to see if it’s a known and fixable issue or just a fault with my camera. You can read a review of first using this camera here.

I personally can’t pick a clear favourite from the three cameras as they each have their own pros and cons. It’s also very subjective, so I’ll let the specs and images speak for themselves.


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2 thoughts on “Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 vs Kandao QooCam EGO vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

  1. I only have the W3 out of these so am pleased it comes out well against the other two, to my eyes anyway! Hope you will you be able to return the QooCam for a focus fix.


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