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Old 10-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Default Meet the Lytro

It is a rare occasion when a new concept comes along. One that seems, at least to me, like it is a great one.

Never heard of Lytro before, but apparently it is a light field camera, which allows you to adjust the focus after the picture is taken. I know the model they have developed is a bit basic, but what if you could use the technology in some more advanced hardware, you know with a flash etc.

I'll be looking out for these anyway.

Here is a link to their web site.

   
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It's nice where you want to have a narrow depth of field, but what if you want to take a landscape and have the whole thing in focus?

Seems to me that it's a niche product that has some great uses in the fields of wildlife and horticulture. I'd use one for photographing birds and insects, for example.

   
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Wow! That's pretty amazing...'-}}

I do agree with Ann that's it's somewhat specialized but it's not that pricey and appears rather small so you could have it as an extra camera--I would like more detail on how you get images off the camera and other stuff...

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There is a USB port on it.

Oops! Just noticed that the software currently is Mac only.

I'd like to see the technology on a more versatile camera, but having it as an extra camera would be good too.

   
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bo: There is a USB port on it.
Ahhh...I didn't see that...


>>Oops! Just noticed that the software currently is Mac only.

Hope they develop a pc version--my guess is that you need their software for full access to its niftiness...'-}}


>>I'd like to see the technology on a more versatile camera, but having it as an extra camera would be good too.

Yes...it's not wildly expensive so I could see justifying buying it wouldn't be all that difficult...'-}}

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Very interesting concept. Mac-only software is a bummer. Not sure I like the form factor at all. It may need to be that shape to support the optical path, but I can't see that taking pictures in every day life will be that easy.

Did anyone see a image size/pixel count spec?
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I saw this on TV, and it said they are not for sale yet. At first I was skeptical. But because the software understands the nature of the lens that created the soft focus, maybe that's how it can correct it. Either that or the camera stores extra information at the time of shooting. Or both. Pretty neat, though.

   
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They seem very cagey on this. The hardcore 'pixel peepers' on the Luminous Landscape were pretty dismissive (but then they nearly always are, which is why I don't spend much time on the forums there any more) - but as said, it seems to offer interesting possibilities - although I think I'd go for a lensbaby first if I had spare cash for playing about with DOF.
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Did anyone see a image size/pixel count spec?
From the web site -
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Light Field Resolution 11 Megarays: the number of light rays captured by the light field sensor.
What that means in terms of pixels I do not know.

   
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I saw this on TV, and it said they are not for sale yet. At first I was skeptical. But because the software understands the nature of the lens that created the soft focus, maybe that's how it can correct it. Either that or the camera stores extra information at the time of shooting. Or both. Pretty neat, though.
You can buy them from the site in the link Bo posted.

   
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