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Full 360-degree camera rig takes your 3D portrait with 60 DSLRs

By dpreview staff on Aug 18, 2013 at 12:00 GMT

Printing in 3D is in the news a lot lately, but applications are usually limited to industrial prototypes. A company called Captured Dimensions has a different use for this technology. They've rigged 60 DSLRs in a 360 degree array to capture 3D portraits. The likeness is then printed using a substance containing gypsum powder, resulting in a 3D sculpture of 1/12 to 1/5 scale.

To create the statues, all 60 cameras are remotely triggered to fire every shutter simultaneously. The images are processed, and 5-6 weeks later, a 3D statue is mailed to you. The statues are produced to scale rather than an absolute size to avoid awkward mismatched sizes when, say, a family has their portraits taken. All told, the smallest full-body statue will cost $445; a larger 1/5 scale statue costs $2,295. 

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Total comments: 37
StevenSS
By StevenSS (4 months ago)

Nice one. I also want to get one. :)

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huyzer
By huyzer (7 months ago)

I like it!

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MtOlympus
By MtOlympus (8 months ago)

Somebody has money to burn.

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Todd Ka
By Todd Ka (8 months ago)

I want one.

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TWIZEEL
By TWIZEEL (8 months ago)

it is scary, even worse than google-glasses

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wictred
By wictred (8 months ago)

making a supersized copy of your johnson has never been so easy!

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

I feel sorry for your lady friends If you think 1/5 scale is "supersized"

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comcam
By comcam (8 months ago)

Burn!!! nice one @tkbslc

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KoKo the Talking Ape
By KoKo the Talking Ape (8 months ago)

I wonder why they need SO many cameras. If the subject doesn't move, couldn't they put some cameras on a rack and move them around the subject? Do you suppose it is too difficult for a human to stay that still?

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AksCT
By AksCT (8 months ago)

Yes, that is how it used to be done by linear scanners (2D and 3D). Also, some table-top scanners still use the same technique.
The more cameras you use, the less interpolation error, thus higher 3D accuracy.

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Tal Shachar
By Tal Shachar (8 months ago)

the man holding the statue is blurred, it would be more impressing if the photographer used narrow aperture so both would be in focus. Most photographer think that its always good to have the bokeh effect, but it really depends on the background.

and now my respond for the technology:
it seems to me that this technology will also be used for characters in 3d animated movies (maya, daz, poser,blender, iclone etc.) so in future animated movies you will not be able to tell if those are real actors or animated characters based on photos of actors

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Sjakie1956
By Sjakie1956 (8 months ago)

Maybe he didn't want to make YOUR picture, but one that he liked himself.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (7 months ago)

the first paragraph is funny :) you upgraded from your first camera (galaxy note) to a bigsuperprozoomer last month didnt you ? read about aperture values right ? ;)

about the technologie respond, hehe did you even get whats the point of this ? taking photos as textures or scan reallife models for games is standard for more then 15 years already. the renderengine makes it realistic looking not the phototexture or the model

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AksCT
By AksCT (8 months ago)

3D body/object scanning with camera has been around for quite sometime. Product range from a few $K to much higher. Resolution of final 3D model is a function of number of cameras, computational model/power, etc.
What this system is offering is (a) a large number of cameras, (b) and high-res camera. This will lead with sub-mm resolution in reconstruction, thus very fine rendering.
You can pint 3D objects from any 3D file (and it does not required this rig).
Also, 3D rendering and editing software have been around and used within media and film companies from a long time.

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h2k
By h2k (8 months ago)

I thought Hollywood does 3D snaps of their actors for years now.

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (8 months ago)

So far so good, but what they now need is 3D retouching software. Not for brighter eyes and whiter teeth - but to make us look slimmer, fitter and younger. A sort of Portrait Professional for statues :-)

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (8 months ago)

That baby is in for a surprise if it wakes up :)

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Graham Meale
By Graham Meale (8 months ago)

Madame Tussaud will be able to retire.

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Hugh_daMann
By Hugh_daMann (8 months ago)

God help us if Anthony Weiner gets a hold of this.

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Spectro
By Spectro (8 months ago)

And in the architecture world we starting to use Lecia Truview. You can take pictures and then stitch them together, the kicker is you can pull dimensions off the photos. Something good for surveying building with photos rather then tape measure, laser if you forgot to measure an area or can't reach it. We did 3d laser scan too, but that is used in AutoCAD and is expensive.

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Spectro
By Spectro (8 months ago)

3d photos are always cool, not sure if you need 60 cameras. They took 3d photos at comic-con 2013.
http://www.gamespot.com/comic-con/3d-costume-cam/

hey flickr we need 3d photos support/plugin.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (8 months ago)

The egomania of the current generation knows no bounds.

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Hugo600si
By Hugo600si (8 months ago)

Doesn't need to be a self portrait does it? You could have your baby crawling on your desk at work :)

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

not creepy if one is photogenic to begin with!
lol

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Jonathan Sabin
By Jonathan Sabin (8 months ago)

That price sounds about right. On Big Bang Theory, Raj and Howard paid $500 each for a couple of tiny (and awful) "dolls" of themselves before they decided to purchase their own 3-D printer.

This company offers something clearly a whole lot better... and for $55 less! ;-)

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (8 months ago)

eerie creepy

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Richie Beans
By Richie Beans (8 months ago)

I'd have used 4 cameras and spun the subject on a lazy susan.

...and would have taken my rig to the beach and shot the SI swimsuit issue.

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Rilaine
By Rilaine (8 months ago)

Haha, wishful thinking.

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rowlandw
By rowlandw (8 months ago)

Clothing optional.

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dom33
By dom33 (8 months ago)

Creating a 3D file is not new and not that impressive, but the COLOR 3D printing apparently has come a long way. Matching colors and calibration to have realistic skin tones is the challenge. Otherwise, you will end up with a cartoonish model, no matter how physically accurate the model is.

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glasswindow
By glasswindow (8 months ago)

Looks like they used about 55-60 T3i's for the setup.

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rpm40
By rpm40 (8 months ago)

Interesting. 3d printing, and other tech like this, have lots of unique and interesting applications.

But why are sources cited this way? It says via petapixel, source captured dimensions. I click petapixel, and it says via captured dimensions, via Daily Mail. Why dont you just cite the original news source, instead of a repost? Daily Mail did the work, and sites like petapixel just slap up a link. It doesn't seem quite fair..

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (8 months ago)

Impressive.

Another scheme to take money away from the egotists and self-indulgent.

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (8 months ago)

My first impression "meh" wasn't nearly as entertaining as yours!

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Karroly
By Karroly (8 months ago)

Not necessarily egotist. Don't you have relatives that put pictures of yourself on their desk or wall and since now can get it in 3D if they like to ?
Personnaly, I would like to have an inflatable 3D copy of my girlfriend, so that I do not miss her too much when she is away...

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (8 months ago)

oh lord does that mean you have to put a camera lens in there as well to make it extra realistic? XD I am not saying anything more but this is the kind I can't help feel that you are implying.

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Karroly
By Karroly (8 months ago)

@KariIceland,
I just implied that as a potential customer I am not an egotist.
An "erotist" maybe...

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