Lytro camera lets you focus after shooting, now available for
By Mike Wehner, Tecca | Today in Tech
Taking perfect pictures is no easy feat. Modern cameras, while extremely powerful, can require an extraordinary amount of fiddling before you find the right combination for a pristine photo. The Lytro camera changes that by allowing you to snap photos in the moment, and then pick the perfect focus later.
The Lytro uses a technology that captures the entire field of light in any
given scene, rather than simply focusing on a single spot. This allows it to
capture what its creators call “living pictures” that can be explored long after the shutter closes. When a photo is taken with the Lytro, the user can upload the picture file to a Mac equipped with the included Lytro imaging software. The company notes that a Windows version is currently in development and will hopefully be released in the near future.
Never worry about your focus again with this high-tech photography wonder
From there, the focal point of the photo can be altered to whatever spot you desire, ensuring that unintentionally blurry subjects are a thing of the past. The photos themselves are HD-quality and up to 350 can be stored on the built-in 8GB memory drive of the base model camera. You can pre-order the 8GB Lytro right now for $399, or a 16GB for $499. While those prices may seem a good distance from the bargain bin, keep in mind that up until now, cameras with similar capabilities carried price tags of $30,000 and higher. The Lytro will begin shipping in early 2012.
Below is an example of what the Lytro is capable of. The photo is
interactive, and the focal point of the shot is automatically changed to
wherever you click. Try clicking on the butterfly in the foreground, then the flowers in the middle of the picture, and then finally the trees in the
background to see how the photo can be altered. Check out a plethora of
additional Lytro snapshots in our gallery.
- Lytro: A Closer Look at the First Focus-Free Camera [PICS] (mashable.com)
- Lytro camera hands-on (video) (engadget.com)
- Lytro’s Light Field Camera Creates ‘Living’ Pictures (wired.com)
- Gadgetwise Blog: Lytro’s Camera Shoots First, Focuses Later (gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Lytro Light Field Camera – Finally! (pixiq.com)
- Lytro unveils its revolutionary light field camera – coming early 2012 for $399 (venturebeat.com)
- Lytro Launches: Amazing Focus-Free Camera Will Cost $399 (mashable.com)
- Scott Beale: Lytro Light Field Camera, Photos Can Be Focused After They Are Shot (laughingsquid.com)