another firmware, please ...
being owner of a finepix real 3D w1 camera and v1 picture frame and a samsung le46c750 3D tv i would have liked to watch my photos taken with the 3D camera on the 3D tv. quite obvious, one might think. but it doesn't work. samsung doesn't support fuji's native mpo file format for stereoscopic images, and even the side-by-side format can't be switched to 3d in terms of pictures, whereas with (converted) videos from the same camera this works.
so as the finepix hdp-l1 was announced to be able to play the 3D photos on a 3D capable tv via hdmi, i thought, this might be a handy solution. ok, it works. but one might expect it to work a bit different, maybe:
1. it only supports 720p, which still looks good, but as the photos have much a higher resolution (2x 10 megapixels), i would prefer downscaling to 1080p to get the best out of it. it seems that hdmi 1.3 doesn't support the higher 3D resolution, and so doesn't the item. and i'm not sure, if it even is a native 3D format taht runs across the hdmi, as switching to 3D just presents a side-by-side image, which then on the tv can accordingly be translated to 3D in the 3D settings. actually there is a 3D protocol for real 3D and i'm quite sure the tv should recognize this automatically, if it really were the right format.
2. there are no menues available when 3D mode is switched on.
3. there is no sort of file-browser available.
4. 3D fotos cannot be shown in 2D (and you don't even see that they're there in 2D mode), whereas 3D films can (???)
5. there are NO slideshow options: you can't choose different time-spans for the pictures to be shown, and there's NO transitions offered. i don't need those fluffy transitions with all kinds of sliding and rolling effects. i just want one image to softly fade out and the next one to fade in. or the first fading to black, and the second fading in from black again. pictures only show one after the other.
6. you can't even switch off the annoying beep, except by muting the tv
7. the device refuses to read 16gb sdhc cards
most of those issues could be solved easily by providing some sensible software (firmware) for a piece of hardware, that obviously could do all the tricks.
i really wonder why companies do this. same with the samsung tv, although there's not that much missing.
open your code to at least let enthusiasts do the job you should do! there' a bunch of people out there who would be most eager to develop really cute functions for the devices you build. (as there have been firmware hacks for previous samsung models, it seems. but they just secured their code better to prevent intervention instead of opening it up)
it's so frustrating to have a piece of hardware that you know is capable of doing so many cute things, but it just won't, because some programming departments refuse to do their job properly (or are on too tight a budget).