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Radical Camera Lets You Pick What's Blurry And What's Not

by Walter S. Mossberg
Walt Mossberg reviews Lytro's revolutionary new camera that lets you focus or refocus your photographs after you take them.
  • Flensted Studio

    "Plenoptic camera maker Lytro has unveiled its first product - the Lytro Light Field Camera. Available in early 2012, the camera will come in 8Gb and 16Gb versions, costing $399 and $499, and capable of storing 350 and 750 images respectively in their internal memory. The cameras feature a 35-280mm equivalent, constant F2 lens with what the company is calling an 11 megaray sensor, that captures photos that can be refocused after shooting.

  • Danielle Bulgrien

    {I wouldn't mind having this.} The greatest breakthrough in YEARS...yes, YEARS for photography! This is the Lytro Light Field Camera and it allows you to perform "magic". 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. Utilizing a single button, this camera instantly captures complete light field data, giving you capabilities you've never had in a regular camera. Since the camera captures the color, intensity, and direction of all the light in a field of vision, you can experience the first major light field capability - focusing AFTER the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. No lie. You can even post a photo and allow your friends to focus on whatever they want to focus on within the picture! And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay. You will never MISS another photographic opportunity. The camera boasts an 8x optical zoom with a constant f/2 aperture and is made of extruded anodized aluminum with a shutter button placed at the device's center of gravity. On the reverse side of the lense is an intuitive multi-touch screen and all this in less than 8oz!! Very cool device and amazing technology. 8GB versions in Graphite and Electric Blue retail for $399 and a 16GB Red version sells for $499. Pre-order one now, if you can. While visiting the manufacturer's website at www.lytro.com/camera, click on "Picture Galley" and experience the future: Living Pictures.

  • Eric Richter

    Lytro light field camera. cool gadget. not ready for mainstream. too pricey. still cool though.

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