3D cameras are back, and now they might make more sense than before

Acer SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera

A few years ago many manufacturers insisted on launching stereoscopic cameras. Some models with two optics that would allow you to have a double vision of the scene to enjoy a 3D effect with the appropriate hardware. The 3D viewers They weren't yet popular, much less attainable, so the technology quickly expired. But now, with the presence of the entire Oculus catalog and the entry of Apple Vision, this type of camera could return. And Acer is going to try.

A compact 3D

Acer SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera

With the name of SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera, this small compact camera has two sensors with lenses with which be able to record videos and take photos in 3D. The idea is that you view this type of content on compatible hardware, so you will need a 3D monitor, a monitor with 3D glasses or a virtual reality viewer such as the Oculus Quest or the Apple Vision Pro.

It is true that the problem is still there, but now it will be less complicated considering that there are scopes at a good price. The recorded videos can be played on YouTube or through the brand's own player, Acer SpatialLabs Player 3.0, but a screen compatible with 3D content will still be required.

The camera will also offer compatibility with services such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Meet, although a compatible monitor will obviously still be needed to experience three-dimensional vision.

A somewhat high price

Acer SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera

The problem with the camera is that its official price is U.S. dollar 549, an amount that, taking into account the niche for which the camera is intended, seems somewhat high to us. Especially when the iPhone 15 Pro (model that is capable of recording spatial video) will have to lower its price even further with the future launch of the iPhone 16 Pro. And, once you are ready to buy the compact camera and a mobile phone, you add expenses and buy an iPhone.

The industry remains committed to homemade 3D experiences, but something tells us that technology still does not have the necessary resources to convince the masses. And Apple's spatial viewer may have arguments, but its high price is still an insurmountable handicap for many users.

On the other hand, three-dimensional capture systems should be integrated into everyday devices, as is the case with iPhone 15 Pro cameras. This compact camera, if it does not provide more quality, might not be a very in-demand product, and for 549 euros it could be very difficult to get noticed.

Source: Acer


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