Reviews and Problems with Lytro Light Field Camera
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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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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