It’s available.


“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. And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay. So, capture the moment you meant to capture not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you.”


Is this the camera to revolutionise photography?
It certainly looks interesting and there is a gallery of sample images you can play around with at the Lytro Gallery
Features an 8x optical zoom, a fast f/2 aperture and weighs less than 8oz. Not just a gimmick then; the results look very good and the price isn’t too bad either. However it’s only compatible with Macs for the moment, it looks like a brick and is still very very short on details/specs of the camera.

Will I be buying one? …


4 thoughts on “Lytro

    • Still too many unanswered questions yet I’m afraid. I can’t seem to find out the focal lengths, also is it a fixed f/2 aperture, haven’t seen any samples with a large depth of field yet? Still, it is a very intelligent unique system and by the time the 3rd or 4th generation of this is released or the technology is incorporated into dSLR’s or the micro 4/3rds systems, it could prove to be a very significant change in photography.

  1. I always operate a wait and see policy with new technology (about 20 years). But it will be interesting to see what happens when this system is incorporated into other cameras. The depth of field on all of the example I looked at seemed very small, which makes it seem like a clever gimick at present. One to watch I think.

    • 20 years… 🙂

      it is revolutionary in photography, probably as big a leap as the leap from film to digital. Although I have no doubts that the technology will progress, (and exceed), to incorporate the simple questions I posed within a few short years.

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