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Lytro Light Field Camera

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Expert Review

16 July 2013
  • Excerpt: Despite the best efforts of some avid post-capture sharpeners the focus point of most images is set at the point of capture. However, the Lytro Light Field Camera allows the focus point to be changed after the image is captured, so you switch from an object in the foreground being sharp to the background. The image refocuses before your eyes.
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Shoot Now, Focus Later

Gear Patrol
9 August 2012
  • Excerpt: What’s rectangular, four-hundred bucks and focuses all over? The Lytro ($399) . Of all the inevitable announcements of cameras heading up to the holidays, the Lytro offers what might be the most unique feature of all: the ability to focus anywhere anytime . It accomplishes this by capturing how a particular scene “appears” with its sensor capturing more data (color, intensity, and direction of light) than a normal camera, which allows it to create photos that can be...
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Overall 4

Lytro Light Field Camera

PC Magazine
28 June 2012
  • Conclusion: The Lytro lives up to its promise of capturing images that you can focus after they've been shot, but its image quality and ergonomics are poor, making the camera little more than an overpriced toy.
  • Pros: Innovative technology. Compact. Easy online image sharing.
  • Cons: Expensive. Poor photo quality. Terrible ergonomics. Low-res LCD. Very limited editing software. Currently works with Macs only.
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First Look: Lytro Light Field Camera

22 March 2012
  • Excerpt: There are some days when technology has a way of grabbing you and poking you in the ribs and saying “Ha!
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Overall 7

Lytro camera review

8 March 2012
  • Summary: While there's so much right with Lytro's debut shooter, it will, even at its best, be no more than another accessory living in your camera bag. Although we're smitten by its delectably simple UI and gorgeous hardware (its washed-out screen not withstanding), its inability to shine in limited shooting conditions means you'll never be able to just make the Lytro your sole photographic companion.
  • Pros: Refocuses images after the fact, Stellar build quality., Simple but intuitive UI
  • Cons: Low resolution (~1MP) captures, Poor screen, Iffy low-light performance, No Windows-compatible software yet
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Overall 7

Focus on the Future

29 February 2012
  • Excerpt: After two weeks with the Lytro camera , I still can’t decide if it’s a highly refined proof-of-concept or an uneven look at the future of photography. It’s simultaneously addictive and frustrating. It’s also, as advertised, a truly unique photographic experience. If you missed the hype surrounding the announcement of Lytro’s light-field camera last year, the short explanation is that it allows you to focus your photos after you’ve taken them. That’s the addictive part.
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Lytro Light Field Camera review

TechRadar UK
3 March 2014
  • Conclusion: Lytro images have to be seen to be believed – the technology is simply amazing. However, novel technology is never cheap and at £469/US$499 for the 16GB version (in Hot Red) and £399/US$399 for the 8GB version (available in Electric Blue, Graphite and Moxie Pink) the Light Field Camera seems rather expensive.
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Overall 6

Lytro Lytro light field camera review

17 July 2013
  • Conclusion: A marvellous feat of technology but the resulting product is little more than a novelty
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Overall 7

Lytro Light Field camera review

Digital Arts
5 December 2012
  • Excerpt: The Lytro is a camera unlike any other camera that we have ever used, both due to its form and its function. It's designed with a special lens that is capable of capturing all of the light rays in a scene, regardless of that light's direction (this is called the "light field"), with the end result being a photo in which the depth of field can be changed and selected after the photo has been taken.
  • Pros: Build quality. Interactive results.
  • Cons: Screen can be tricky to view, which can make it hard to frame a scene, especially outdoors. Bit of a gimmick.
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Overall 7
Design 8
Value for money 6
Features 8
Performance 8

Neat, but niche: Lytro’s refocus camera reviewed

Gadget Guy
13 November 2012
  • Excerpt: The next generation of photography is here, with Lytro’s first-generation Light-field camera, a technology that has the ability to let you focus after you taken the photo, creating an interactive image.
  • Pros: Brilliant concept, Well built, microUSB charge and data port
  • Cons: Reasonably bulky, Harder to use well than you might think, LCD screen doesn't have the best resolution or viewing angles, Low resolution JPEG exports
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