We first saw the Minoru 3D webcam back in October 2008, but the first reviews are only just coming in now. Crave managed to get their hands on the double-camera gadget and shot some test images and video, finding it to be a surprisingly straightforward way of getting a 3D effect.
Video demo after the cut
You’ll need red and blue glasses in order to see the 3D, of course, as will anybody you’re having a video chat with. Still, once you’ve invested in those (or dug an old pair out from the closet) the process is apparently very simple: press one button for an 800 x 600 still, or another for 3D video.
Image quality isn’t great, especially as you’re viewing it through heavily-tinted glasses, but the Minoru works as a standard webcam too and it’s a mere £50 ($81). Some will say it’s a gimmick (and yes, it is), but if you want to try out 3D then it’s certainly a cheaper way than Fujifilm’s $600 FinePix Real 3D digicam