With the recent advancement in visualization devices over the last years, we are seeing a growing market for stereoscopic content. In order to convey 3D content by means of stereoscopic displays, one needs to transmit and display at least 2 points of view of the video content. This has profound implications on the resources required to transmit the content, as well as demands on the complexity of the visualization system. It is known that stereoscopic images are redundant which may prove useful for compression and may have positive effect on the construction of the visualization device. In this paper we describe an experimental evaluation of data redundancy in color stereoscopic images. In the experiments with computer generated and real life test stereo images, several observers visually tested the stereopsis threshold and accuracy of parallax measurement in anaglyphs and stereograms as functions of the blur degree of one of two stereo images. In addition, we tested the color saturation threshold in one of two stereo images for which full color 3D perception with no visible color degradations was maintained. The experiments support a theoretical estimate that one has to add, to data required to reproduce one of two stereoscopic images, only several percents of that amount of data in order to achieve stereoscopic perception. © 2005 Optical Society of America.