Lytro introduces focus-free camera; revolutionizes photography

By on October 23, 2011
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Everybody will want one.

Imagine a camera where you can take pictures instantly, without ever having to worry about focusing or worrying about spoiling the picture with flash in low-light conditions. A camera where every moment can be captured as it is, without missing a beat. Of course, there are many cameras with various combination of lenses that make all of this possible, but at astronomical costs.

Introducing the Lytro camera, the world’s first camera to use light-field technology that creates images by capturing all sources of light at once. The resulting picture can then be viewed on you PC, whereby you can focus on any one place and get your desired subject in focus. And because there is no focus going on, images are captured instantaneously. Helping to this is the fact that the Lytro camera has 8x optical zoom with a constant f/2 aperture, meaning that you can take great pictures even in low-light conditions.

Pictures can not only be printed and converted to Jpegs, but the original Light-Field Picture file (.lfp) can be shared with anyone for an interactive “living” image where people can zoom in/out and focus on any part of the image without the need for any special software. An example of these pictures can be seen on their gallery and even their blog. The main body itself is very simple, made of anodized aluminum, with a rubberized back which also has the Power, Shutter and Zoom slider buttons. The rear 1.5″ touchscreen is a backlit LCD screen. And while Lytro doesn’t like to talk in terms of megapixels, their camera is good enough to capture “HD quality interactive pictures.”

The 8GB version will be selling for $399 (AED 1,500) and the 16GB version, good for 750 pictures will be sold for $499 (AED 1,800). The Lytro cameras will be available for sale by early 2012.


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