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Lytro Light Field Camera, 8GB, Electric Blue
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- 8GB storage captures 350 living pictures
- 8x optical zoom lens with constant f/2 aperture offers a wide range of creative shots
- Unique micro-lens array with digital image sensor captures the color, intensity, and direction of light entering the camera
- Light field engine processes the four-dimensional data captured by the sensor, so you can view it on the screen and refocus with a tap
- 1.52" back-lit LCD glass touchscreen display allows you to control most of the camera functions with a tap or a swipe
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|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||Internal flash drive|
|Item Dimensions||1.61 x 1.61 x 4.41 inches|
|Item Display Weight||214 grams|
|Item Weight||0.47 pounds|
|Material Type||Anodized aluminum shell with silicone rubber grip|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Li-Ion internal battery|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
The Lytro Light Field Camera. The world's first light field camera lets you shoot first, focus later. Plus, create interactive, living pictures to share with friends and family online.
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer
A new way to take and experience pictures has arrived. The Lytro camera is the world's first light field camera that allows you to instantly capture interactive “living pictures” to share with your friends and family online.
of a flat 2D image.
Shoot first, focus later
By capturing the light field, you can do incredible things. Like refocus pictures after you take them. This also means that the Lytro camera has no autofocus—and none of the shutter delay that comes with it.
Do more than tell a story. Recreate it. Refocus to discover new elements within the scene and move the picture in any direction to change your point of view with Perspective Shift. Use Living Filters to create a unique look. Now every picture you take is a chance to tell a new kind of story.
Get ready to share.
Share your pictures on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or your blog and your friends can instantly refocus them and play with perspective shift just like you do.
Made from precision-tooled silicone, the grip is easy to hold.
The Lytro camera has no auto-focus — and none of the shutter delay that comes with it.
An 8x optical zoom lens with a constant f/2 aperture offers a wide range of creative shots.
You control most of the camera functions with a tap or a swipe. And the backlit display lets you compose, review, and refocus your pictures.
Light field sensor
We joined a micro-lens array to a digital image sensor to capture the color, intensity, and direction of light entering the camera — 11 million light rays to be precise.Light field engine
The light field engine processes the light rays captured by the sensor, so you can view pictures on the screen and refocus them with a tap.
Long-life Li-Ion internal battery lets you continue shooting without having to stop for a charge.
41mm x 41mm x 112mm
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The Lytro camera captures 3D light information, and this 3D-image is processed by using computationally intensive software (it takes several minutes per photo), generating a "living picture" in which you can refocus the image at will on your computer. The final image is only 1080x1080 pixels. Your images also must be viewed in either a web-browser or in the included software through a smallish 500x500 pixel window. The desktop software currently has no image editing capabilities other than rotate 90°, and does not have the ability to adjust white balance, contrast or brightness.
The software does include the ability to export a refocused image to JPG format, but the JPG compression leads to some blurring. The software currently lacks the ability to output to any other file format options. It is possible the developers will have future updates addressing this issue.
Another limitation that is noteworthy is that the fastest shutter speed is 1/250sec, which means that it can be difficult to get sharp photos by hand-holding the device.
In the end, I sent the camera back. I think it's a really innovative idea, but the software really isn't ready for the masses and the product doesn't yet have the right features that would make it worth the expensive price tag. I really wanted to like this product, and I tried to like it, but it's clearly not for me. Maybe I'll try again if they come out with a pro version.
I do get frustrated sometimes with the light glare on the LCD, and the inability to really evaluate the images on the camera due to the small LCD. Also the processing time required on a PC can be annoying at times... but this is a new way of thinking and an opportunity to be a part of something groundbreaking.
The quality of pictures, as compared to digital photography of even point-and-shoot cameras, is certainly not there, as you can only get a static image of 1080x1080.. but that is NOT the point of LYTRO.. The point of it is to "tell a story in a different way". Once you get over that and actually think in the way Lytro enables you too, the fact that the images can be shared only through Lytro's website (which you get access to, and storage on, when you get the camera), as well as the "insufficient" megapixels, and noticeable grain in the images when lighting is not perfect... that all dissolves when you adjust your thinking - but only then. It's really not even about the initial "wow" effect of the abilities of the camera.. it's more about the "image revolution" that this device may create in the photography world.
I am actually learning about photography and becoming more interested in it because of this camera.
Being able to take part in few Beta evaluations for Lytro was quite an experience as well.. and simply keeps showing me that comparing it to, or attempting to replace a current camera with this one, is not the goal here.. Which seems to confuse a lot of users who were considering or even ordered the camera and then decided to return it due to image quality or just not meeting their expectations...
Also realize you HAVE to have a MAC with certain level of OS or a Windows7 64bit PC to use the software. The memory is not expandable, the battery not replaceable... cannot attach filters and lenses "as is". There are more and more accessories, like a tripod mount, wall charger, people have made "LED lights" for it... so the market "around it" is growing.
So make sure and look through Lytro's web site - support forums, knowledge articles, how tos, galleries, whether Lytro is right for you! But, if you decide you want to try it, you will probably not be disappointed. If however the photo size and the quality are huge for you - hold off till the future hardware releases - in case they do manage to put a larger CCD in there and add other hardware improvements.
Definitely DO NOT buy it blindly only reading the Amazon description and specs.. that will not give you the full picture of what you are getting and may skewed your expectations big time!
Oh, and if you get it, prepare for a relatively high learning curve.. that goes for the way of thinking even more than the actual skill to use the camera in a "technical" sense of the world... although, that is a part of it too ;)
I hope this review is helpful to you, and that if you do get the camera - you will enjoy it!
Happy decision making and have fun if you get it!
Most recent customer reviews
Little bit of time need to be spent on the camera and controls.