3D modes for Pentax Optio S

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by William M. Miller, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. The Pentax Optio S offers two different modes for capturing
    a 3D image, "parallel" and "cross." The manual doesn't do a
    very good job of explaining the differences between them.
    As near as I can figure out, the "cross" method should be
    used when shooting close-ups and the "parallel" method for
    everything else.

    1) Is that an accurate assessment of when to use the
    different methods?

    2) What specifically does the camera do differently when
    shooting a "parallel" shot from shooting a "cross" shot?

    Any input would be appreciated.

    -- William M. Miller
    William M. Miller, Jul 23, 2003
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  2. The essence of 3-d viewing is viewing a different image with each eye, to
    emulate the way our brain perceives depth.

    "Parallel" viewing means that the left eye sees the left image, and the
    right eye sees the right image. This is the "normal" viewing mode, and the
    one used with most viewing equipment.

    "Crosseye" is the opposite, the left eye looks at the right image and

    A great many people are able to view stereo pairs without any viewing
    equipment (freeviewing). There are many freeviewing instruction pages on the
    web. The main difference is that crosseye produces a sharper image, but at a
    smaller perceived size. Parallel produces a more natural size but at a loss
    in sharpness. A lot of people find crosseye freeviewing much easier than

    There are many 3-d sites on the web, I suggest you try both methods and see
    which one you like best. You may also find useful info at
    alt.binaries.pictures.stereo. Good luck.

    Juan R. Pollo, Jul 26, 2003
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