We cannot help but praise this eye-grabbing, really out of the box field camera that comes loaded with an array of stunning capabilities. Besides creating photos to focus and refocus to experiment with the creative possibilities, it makes it utterly easier to take snaps in different conditions.
The Lytro Light Field Camera offers a different approach to photography with the unique imaging technologies and hardware. The image output is pretty robust and is designed to perfection as a pocket carrying the device. This Lytro camera is capable of running on Windows 7 (64-bit) desktop version with the company’s own software support. The software enables you to offload and process images from this light-field camera.
What Makes the Camera Different From Others?
Lytro Lytro Light Field Camera simply cannot be ignored just because of the apparent look and feel, let apart its stunning features. Lytro conceptualized this camera with an ambition to achieve a breakthrough image capturing device with really robust capabilities. It literally represents a complete shift from the way we perceive camera. Let us have a look at the attributes that make this camera so special.
- The standard sensors of digital cameras are not there in Lytro and instead there is an array of micro-lenses allowing the camera to capture each image attributes including color, intensity, and direction of light rays. It is built with a new technology called light-field photography.
- This new and breakthrough technology introduced in this camera will allow shooting images without requiring to focus first.
- As soon as you press the shutter, as per the light field technology the camera grabs light from all directions.
- After the image capture, a 3D map of the image is processed by the camera software and it always allows the viewer to focus any area on the 3D image map.
Designed to Fit and Excel
The design of Lytro Light Field Camera is simple, elegant and functional. It looks like a smooth, two-colored metal box the length of which is just 4.4 inches and the width is 1.6 inches. Obviously, design-wise it looks a lot different from most another camera in the market.
- The controls of this Lytro camera are also simple. There are only buttons for power and shutter release and there is a tiny touch-sensitive strip provided to control the zoom.
- There is also a 1.5-inch touch-screen LCD to allow adjusting the frames, exposure, and views.
- The battery of the device cannot be removed and the memory is also inbuilt. There are two versions, respectively as 8GB for nearly 350 captures and a 16GB version for 750 captures.
- There is a Micro-USB port for device charging and transferring images. Though there is no such built-in tripod mount spending just $20 you can buy one.
Taking Snaps with the Lytro
Let us now come to the shooting experience that this future ready camera offers. While autofocus and shutter lag time are two of the biggest blocks for most point-and-shoot cameras available these days, taking snaps without that constraint altogether is really a big USP for this camera. You take your snaps and after coming home from the 3D image map adjusts different focus options and create images as you like it. This seems like unlimited scopes of creativity for a photographer and visual specialists. The breakthrough technology, handy and equally appealing design and quite robust specs make this camera a standout product.
The Limitation of Light Field Camera
The only minus point of this great camera is its dependence on the proprietary Lytro software. Actually, the image file format bearing the mark of Lytro can only be edited and processed with Lytro’s own software. Obviously, as the company is offering a new technology that was largely unknown to camera manufacturers and image experts, this is one thing that we have to bear.
Well, what about the price? To be honest, the tag bearing the starting price of $399 is quite ambitious even after considering its proprietary imaging technology.