Lytro Digtial Light Field Cameras (Review)
Revolution on the camera front
It may be more than difficult to get the perfect picture, even with the right equipment. It’s a mighty bold proclamation for a startup to claim it has introduced “the first major change in photography since photography was invented,” but that’s just what an American start-up company Lytro did when it unveiled its camera earlier this year. What makes the Lytro different—aside from its distinct, minimalist cubic design—is its use of light-field technology. The Lytro captures all points of light in the frame and converts them to data (as opposed to the traditional grab of one point of light per scene). So instead of focusing your shot when you shoot, Lytro allows you to snap away and decide what to focus on later, via its software.
Looking closely at the picture above. You wouldn’t at first glance believe it is actually a camera, and not even that it is a one of its kind that promises to dramatically transform the way we take photos. It comes from the small U.S. company called Lytro, it has been called the biggest change in photography since the 1800s.
You actually get a digital photo/image you can adjust in almost an infinite number of ways
This is called a digital light-field camera that not only captures the light, but a multitude of different beams in the current scene, in fact the entire 11 million of them.
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.
This technological within the camera is able to detect where the light comes from and therefore it is not necessary to focus with this camera as you are able with to change this later.
Instead of having an SLR camera and choosing to shoot at f/2.8 a small dept of field to capture and focus on a specific thing in an image you have a camera that allows you to focus with a small dept of field on any object in an image with out having to take countless shots and changing the focus for every one.
The result is a special image that you on your computer can mess around with and you choose where you want to focus, so you then get a digital photo/image you can adjust in almost an infinite number of ways.
Looks like no other camera looks. – Does what no other camera does.
The Lytro camera is built around revolutionary technology that captures and processes the entire light field. So it’s no surprise that it’s radically different, inside and out.
Choose whether you want to focus near or far with the new Lytro cameras.
Lytro call themselves the invention of “camera version 3.0” and describes the image files as “living pictures.” where you can freely change the focus by clicking around in the pictures.
You’ll never think about pictures the same way.
The Lytro camera lets you create living pictures that you can endlessly refocus after you take them. Share your pictures online, and your friends can instantly refocus them just like you do. Your pictures are about to surprise you — and everyone else.
See the light. All of it: The Lytro camera lets you capture and share what you see in a whole new way. It’s the first consumer camera that records the entire light field — all the rays of light traveling in every direction through a scene — instead of a flat 2D image. And that changes everything.
Shoot now. Focus… whenever: By capturing the light field, you can do incredible things. Like refocus pictures after you take them. Tap the touchscreen on whatever part of the picture you want to bring into focus — or, once a picture is imported into your computer, click to refocus.
Do more than tell a story. Recreate it: Refocusing lets you experience a picture differently with each click. It’s like walking through the scene all over again. So now every picture you take is a chance to compose a new story.
Too much fun to keep to yourself.
The free Lytro Desktop application lets you import your living pictures to your computer and easily share them online. Once shared, your friends can see and refocus your pictures online — with no special plug-ins, software or anything else. Your pictures are going to be very popular.
Depth is your friend.
One of the key pieces of information that sometimes is lost in traditional photography is a sense of depth in the captured scene. When you have taken pictures in the past, there may have been little thought put into where your subject of interest should be relative to the camera. As a result, you commonly would end up with images that made less of a distinction as to how close or how far anything was in the picture.
With the Lytro camera, we encourage you to really think about this concept of depth when taking your living pictures. Since the Lytro camera is allowing you to capture the direction of light, the result is adding this extra dimension of depth in every snap that you take.
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Create pictures that wow.
The Lytro camera gives you two ways to create living pictures. In Everyday Mode, with just the simple press of the shutter button, you’ll capture life’s great moments and each day’s priceless expressions.
In Creative Mode, you control the blur in the scene with just a tap. You can create amazing pictures like those with refocus between a small flower and a mountain range or along the legs of an ant crawling on the lens. You can also capture high zoom shots and compose dramatic portraits. You’ll never look at pictures the same way.
Share the love.
Don’t keep the fun to yourself. Easily share from the desktop or from Lytro.com to friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, email or your blog.
Take control of your scene.
The Lytro camera now gives you more control over the light in the scene with the addition of Manual Controls. Set shutter speed and ISO through simple access of the controls from the camera’s touchscreen. Use Manual Controls to capture pictures like light painting shots with dramatic refocus and living pictures in motion.
The ISO range is 80 (min) to 3200 (max), and the maximum shutter speed is 1/250. You can also lock exposure and control the ND filter.
From your camera to your computer to your world.
Get ready to share: Import your pictures to your computer with the free Lytro Desktop application and they’ll be ready to refocus, sort, and share. Connect the camera using the micro-USB cable and importing starts instantly. You can easily arrange your pictures by date, organize them into stories, or star your favorites. And when you’re ready to share with friends or family, Lytro Desktop makes that just as simple.
Works with both Mac and Windows: Lytro Desktop works with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and with Windows 7 (64-bit only).
Sharing is good: With a couple of clicks, you can post to your own personal page on Lytro Web, where your pictures will be stored for free. You can also have Lytro Desktop automatically post to Facebook at the same time. Any picture you’ve posted can be shared on Twitter, Google+, or your blog — or you can send friends an email that links back to it.
Your pictures are in for a lot of clicks. And taps: When friends check out the pictures you’ve shared, they get to explore them the same way you do. They can refocus again and again just by clicking or tapping. It doesn’t matter whether they’re using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. And they don’t need any special software. It’s just like looking at ordinary pictures. Except a lot more.
Lytro Digtial Light Field Cameras Fearure:
The Light Field Engine 2.0 for image capture and processing. Through an 8x optical zoom lens with constant f/2 aperture it records light traveling in every direction throughout a scene, not only along 2 axes, and creates HD-quality “living” pictures in which the focus point is to be determined after you have shot the image. In addition to adjusting focus points on an image, you can change the point of perspective slightly to the left, right, up or down.
Touchscreen technology allows you to determine the point of focus with just a tap on the camera’s LCD monitor or, after the image is transferred to your computer, by clicking on the spot in your image where you want focus. If you decide that you prefer focus on another part of the image, click on that spot in the original image (.lfp file) and save. There is no limit to the adjustments you can make. To print an image, save it as a standard 1080 x 1080 jpeg file.
As the Lytro has a constant f/2.0 aperture, you can control light intake by adjusting ISO sensitivity between 80-3200 and shutter speed between 1/250 and 8 seconds. Adjustments are made on the touchscreen. Exposure lock is supported and an integrated ND filter enables further exposure control to -4 equivalent f/stops. The display is a 1.52″ back-lit LCD with a glass touchscreen that provides composition and playback viewing and touch control for almost all camera functions. Optical zoom is controlled by a touch sensitive slider on top of the camera body. Because there is no focusing, there is no shutter lag.
Lytro offers two modes: Everyday Mode and Creative Mode. In Everyday Mode the refocus range is set by the camera, but Creative Mode allows you to set the primary point of focus with a tap on the touchscreen and establish a wider refocus range. It also allows full use of the 8x optical zoom enabling close-up shots with a minimum focus distance of virtually zero and an ability to use the longer focal lengths for creative portraits with blurred backgrounds. Living Filters offers nine interactive filters for expressive touches such as Film Noir, Carnival, Mosaic and 8-Track, which adds a 1970’s vignetted look to your photo.
The camera itself is extremely compact and lightweight (7.5 oz) with an anodized aluminum body and silicone rubber grip. Images are stored on the internal 8GB-16GB flash drive depending on which model you buy, the 16GB holds 750 pictures, and are imported to your computer with the free Lytro Desktop app via an included micro-USB cable. Photos can be easily posted on the Lytro webpage and to Facebook where they can be viewed in the same interactive manner as on your own computer or device. A firmware update and the Lytro Mobile App are also available to allow existing and future Lytro Camera owners the ability to upload photos to their iOS device and share them directly from their phone or tablet.
For more information and prices go to there official website: www.lytro.com