Lytro Light Field

Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, photography, Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

Lytro have just released the worlds first consumer Light Field Camera, a revolutionary device which enables users to adjust the focal point of an image AFTER the photograph has been taken.

Once uploaded, these captured images, dubbed ‘Living Pictures’, become interactive photographs the user can explore, clicking on the image to select the focal plane. Try it by clicking the butterfly below.

Currently there are three cameras to choose from, a Red 16gb unit, or a Grey or Blue 8gb which will ship to the US in early 2012. Each camera has an 8X optical zoom with a constant f/2 aperture, but most importantly, no delay for auto-focus so the image can be instantly captured with the press of a button.

Lytro have made an interesting product here. The resolution of their Light Field sensor is actually quite low in a world of 10 megapixel cameras, however, by making the images interactive, the pictures are tied to screen resolution – Megapixels become a moot point. Personally, I’m really looking forward to a high resolution model. The ability to refocus an image to perfect that almost perfect (static) shot would be a photographers dream come true.



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