Lytro light field camera
”A radical camera that lets users adjust the focus after taking pictures”…..Hmmm, a digital camera that lets you focus later……sounds like a bit of a novelty!
So, is this a new type of camera that will change photography as we know it? I very much doubt it, although the promos for this camera sound impressive:
”Lytro lets you take pictures like never before. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.
Capture everything – instantly.
Capture living pictures with the press of a single button. By instantly capturing complete light field data, the Lytro camera gives you capabilities you’ve never had in a regular camera.”
”Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime.”
‘‘Focusing after the fact means no more auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no more waiting on shutter delay. Now you can capture the moment as you experienced it, not the moment after”.
”When Lytro pictures are shared online, the “light field engine” travels with each image so anyone can change focal points as desired”.
A more realistic review by ”DP review” has this to say:
”This isn’t a conventional camera that somehow lets you set the focus after shooting. That can be done but to do so leaves you with a 1.2MP point-and-shoot camera. From our use, we’d say the camera is best understood by learning how its two shooting modes work.”
”The camera’s default ‘Everyday’ mode is the one that attracted all the early publicity. It’s a point-and-shoot mode where you don’t have to think about focus when you take the photo. You can simply point the camera at your subject and press the shutter – the shot is taken almost instantly. The end result can be refocused from fairly close to the camera, out to infinity.
However, even in this simple mode, you’re not magically freed from the other concerns of conventional photography – behind the scenes it’s still having to set a shutter speed and ISO, so there are still the same risks of your subject moving too fast and appearing blurred in your images.”
Windows users might be disappointed, Lytro Cameras will only be compatible with Mac computers running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher at launch. Pricing starts at $399.