Zeiss Cinemizer OLED 3D VR Video Glasses Review

Intro, Features & Specifications

The Zeiss Cinemizer OLED glasses are great for watching movies on-the-go, but command a steep price and offer little utility beyond this function. And despite inevitable comparisons to the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift, the Zeiss Cinemizer OLED glasses don’t provide a true ‘virtual reality’ experience, and are thus a very different animal.

The good news is that you can buy them now. The bad news is that they are very expensive (around $800) and fairly limited in application. The Cinemizer OLED glasses are best used as a simple mobile media device for watching movies. The Cinemizer OLED can also be used as a gaming device, and (potentially) as a training aid or even an accessory for remote controlled vehicles equipped with cameras.


Cinemizer OLED
Specifications & Features


  • Two high-resolution OLED displays (Organic Light Emitting Diode),
    each with 870 × 500 pixels and a fill factor of 100%
  • Simulated image size: 40 inches (= 1 m) at a distance of 2 meters
  • Page ratio: 16:9
  • Color depth: 24-bit RGB
  • Field of View: 30°

3D support

  • Side-by-side/Top-Bottom/Line interleaved
  • Frame Packing with HDMI 1.4 (720p/1080p)
  • cinemizer OLED is supported by NVIDIA 3DTV Play
  • view all supported 3D formats


Diopter range

  • Each side individually adjustable from -5 to +2 diopters


Pupil distance

  • The optics support a pupil distance (PD) of 59 to 69 mm


Adding content

  • HDMI: 640x480p 60Hz, 720x576p 50Hz, 720x480p 60Hz, 1280x720p 50/60Hz, 1920x1080i 50/60Hz, 1920x1080p 50/60Hz, 1920x1080p 24Hz, HDMI 1.4 3D 1080p 24 Hz, HDMI 1.4 3D 720p 60Hz
  • iPod/iPhone: video-capable iPod and iPhone models
    via optional accessories more details
  • AV-In: 3,5mm/4-pin slot for audio & video (PAL/NTSC)

The Cinemizer OLED Accessory Bundle

The Cinemizer OLED connects to your PC (or other device) through a control module, that is in turn connected via 2 connectors: one mini-HDMI to HDMI cable, and one mini USB to USB (for power and to charge the Li-ion battery). A 3.5mm to component video cable is also included for when an HDMI connection is unavailable. If the battery is fully charged you can connect the Cinemizer OLED to virtually any device with an HDMI output—game consoles, 3D Blu-Ray players, etc.

The Cinemizer’s Li-ion battery is good for up to 6 hours of mobile viewing time or 2.5 hours for watching HDMI content. Built-in stereo ear buds are included as part of the package, and when not in use they can be placed in small holders attached to the Cinemizer’s frame. You can also disconnect the ear buds from the Cinemizer if you don’t plan on using them.

Each Cinemizer display is an OLED 870x500 resolution display, which combined create an experience roughly equivalent to sitting 6 feet away from a 105cm (about 41”) 16:9 screen.

The Cinemizer OLED is very light and only weighs 120g total, and (according to specifications) only about 75g of weight are placed directly on the bridge of the nose. During testing they felt light and remained perfectly comfortable for an extended movie (probably even more so if you can lay your head back, or perhaps enjoy the experience in a hammock). The Cinemizer OLED also includes two small adjusters for the nose rest to help ensure the best possible comfort.

Because you can’t wear eyeglasses with the Cinemizer, Zeiss built-in independent lens adjusters (diopters) for each eye so they can be adjusted to between -5 to +2 to help ensure good focus, even if you have slightly uneven prescription lenses.

The Cinemizer OLED comes with a compact, hard shell carrying case that stores everything for travel. It’s about double the size of a typical carrying case for sunglasses—compact enough to keep things safe, but not consume an inordinate amount of space in a travel bag.

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