Nimslo 3D Camera


Nimslo 3D was released in 1980 and in 1982 it was presented in Cologne, Germany, at the Photokina exhibition. The camera was described as “a great advance in photography” but the sales where very low and the camera was discontinued in 1990.

The camera takes 3-dimensional photographs with great depth, detail and color.

It uses 35mm color film, 100 or 400 ASA/DIN, and runs on three nº.386 batteries; it has four 30mm f/5.6 “Quadra” coated glass lens, ASA/DIN selector, flash hot shoe, tripod thread, shutter release with cable release thread and built in double exposure control.

It is very easy to use, just aim and shoot; the CdS cell measures the light to program the (automatic) shutter speed (1/30 to 1/500 sec) and aperture size for best combination.

The camera is pre-focused from 2 meters (6’) to infinity and the view finder has a green/red led for good/low light warning that helps to get the correct exposure.

The Nimslo 3D takes four half frame photographs, therefore, each shot uses two frames (for example, a 24 frames film takes 12 3D photographs); to make one 3D photograph you need to cross the first half of the first frame with the last half of the second frame, the result is one 3-dimensional photograph, use 3d glasses (paper 3d glasses are cheap and easy to find) to enter the world of 3-D photo, it really makes you see photography from a different angle.

The Nimslo 3D costs around $20 in many online shops and usually it sold with the Nimslo Opti-lite electronic flash with two flash heads: a direct flash head and a bounce flash head (0º, 45º, 60º, 75º or 90º).

The camera is very well built and very solid; it is a bit big (136.5mm x 73mm x 41mm) and weights 34 grams but the soft leather grip makes it very comfortable.


Camera type – 35 mm viewfinder lenticular stereo camera

Manufacturer – Nimslo Corp. USA

Film – 35mm color 100 ISO / 400 ISO film

Lenses – Four ”Quadra” 30mm f5/.6 coated lens

Shutter – Automatic 1/30 to 1/500 sec.

Diaphragm – Double lamellar, f/5.6 to f/22

Other – Cable release socket; ASA/DIN selector; flash hot shoe; double exposure control; tripod thread

Size – 136.5×73×41

Weight – 340 grams

Power source – three nº.386 / Maxell SR 43W batteries

Film loading – Manual

Film transport – Manual (single-stroke advance lever)

Film rewind – Manual

What I like in this camera:

  • 3D pictures
  • Amazing colors
  • Extremely sharp
  • Very well build
  • Comfortable
  • Very easy to use, point & shoot

What I dislike in this camera:

  • You can only take 18 photos from a 36 exp. film

review by

written by shhquiet on 2008-10-02 in #reviews


  1. swieconek
    swieconek ·

    When you print the 4 pictures of a shot separatly near each other, and you look at it, you suddenly see only 3 pictures with the one in the middle is 3D.


  2. gimmedanegatives
    gimmedanegatives ·

    Thanks for sharing. I just happened to have some 3D glasses right next to my comp. How fun!

  3. johann_affendy
    johann_affendy ·

    rare stuff!

  4. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    You can find it on ebay, it´s not very expensive and it worth it! It´s a great camera.

  5. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    If you don’t have 3D glasses, focus a point between the two photos, cross your eyes to overlap the two images and once you get your eyes re-focussed, you will see the picture in 3d.


  6. miikemiike
    miikemiike ·

    Anybody ever try any modifications? I always thought of using black and white film and taping different color filters in front of different lenses, like a red, green and yellow filter. Should give you 4 different pictures of the same scene. Would this work?

  7. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Yep, In Nimslo 3D you will have four similar fotos but with different colors (due to the filters) but it probably will mess up with the 3D processing. You should try it and see the results. If you try it tell me something so I can see the results.

  8. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Do you have to wear these 3D glasses to get the full effect.

  9. its_gone
    its_gone ·

    Nimslo Doubles Anyone?

  10. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super ! Have you ever tried to make animated gifs ?

  11. inkybrown
    inkybrown ·

    Doesn't this take 4 shots with the 4 lenses? I only see 2-shots in your article. I can't view 3D by crosseyed method with just 2 frames... but I can with 3 or 4 frames.

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