The Nimslo 3D is a lenticular stereo camera that was commercially produced and released in the early 1980s. One notable feature of the Nimslo is that it does not have a built-in flash. Instead, it is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing users to attach an external flash for additional lighting control. This feature enhances the versatility of the camera in various lighting conditions.
Operating with 35mm film in 135 film format cartridges, the Nimslo has the capability to produce autostereoscopic prints. These prints display three-dimensional images that can be viewed without the need for glasses or special equipment. The camera achieves this by simultaneously capturing four conventional, two-dimensional photographs using its four lenses. Each individual image measures 18mm in width and 22mm in height.
In a conventional 35mm frame, there are two images captured, which means that a roll of 36 exposures can yield up to 18 3D prints. The resulting photographs have dimensions of 3.5×4.5 inches. This unique format offers a compelling and immersive visual experience for viewers.
The Nimslo camera and the special lenticular printing process associated with it were invented by Jerry Curtis Nims and Allen Kwok Wah Lo from Georgia, USA. Prior to the release of the Nimslo, there was considerable excitement surrounding its potential. The Nimslo corporation claimed that it would mark the “third major advance in photography,” following the introduction of roll film and Polaroid technology. Unfortunately, despite high expectations, the camera did not achieve the level of commercial success that the company and its investors had hoped for.
Despite its limited commercial success, the Nimslo 3D remains an intriguing piece of photographic history. Its ability to capture autostereoscopic images without the need for additional equipment was innovative for its time. Today, the Nimslo is recognized as a unique and collectible camera, appreciated by enthusiasts and collectors alike for its contribution to the development of 3D photography.
If you’re interested in learning more about analog or lenticular 3D photography, we invite you to visit our 3D cameras section, where you’ll find information and documentation on various cameras. Additionally, further down in the Instagram post, you’ll be able to see examples of what these cameras are capable of.
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