Will You Lytro In The Near Future?

3 Jan

Have you heard of THE new camera – the Lytro?

I had read about it a few months ago. And at Thanksgiving my nephew Pat told me about it.

I heard today that they’re taking pre-orders and the cameras will be shipping out to consumers very soon.

They look like little plastic toys, don’t they?

This one is called “Red Hot”.

It might look like a little toy, but in my mind this camera (and its technology) will change photography with the similar impact that digital had on film.

It’s a game changer!

It’s called a Light-field camera. I’ll take the description from Lytro’s website:

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. 

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, after the fact.” 

Here are a couple examples, also from Lytro’s website.

Photographer Eric Cheng took a picture of his Corgi.

But, while looking at the picture on your screen, you can touch any place on the image to refocus wherever you want.

Head over to Lytro’s Picture Gallery to check it out.

Or, check out this video review (sorry – there’s a 15 second advertisement in the beginning…)

As intrigued as I am, I won’t be ordering a Lytro camera just yet.

Like anything, the technology will improve and the prices will come down.

I am interested to watch the growth of this new technology. Wikipedia suggests that “a recording from a security camera based upon this technology could be used to produce an accurate 3D model of a suspect.”

Speaking of a suspect – if I had used this camera when I was in Washington DC – I wouldn’t have had to chose between Froggy and The Washington Monument.




One Response to “Will You Lytro In The Near Future?”

  1. Hubby January 3, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I’m a low-tech, PC kind of a guy, and I don’t have a smartphone or an iAnything, so I see no Lytro in my immediate future. And as far as your Froggy/Washington Monument photo, I personally think you made the right focusing choice. 😉

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