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.
Hands-on: Lytro’s light field camera lands in Singapore, 3D features to follow
18 October 2012
Excerpt: It’s been almost exactly one year since Lytro launched its “light field camera”, and the revolutionary gadget is now officially available in Singapore at a pricey S$648 for the 8GB version and S$778 for the 16GB version. We go hands-on to see what the fuss is all about. You can’t pick up the Lytro without marvelling at its design and build quality. For one, it looks nothing like any other cameras on the market.
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.
Excerpt: To publish a “review” of the Lytro as it is today is, in a way, very premature. But it’s also only fair. The product is shipping and, to an extent, complete. But given the number of features and planned improvements in the pipes, a review today will be obsolete in a few months. Nevertheless, an initial judgment on the device must be made. So here is what can be said of the Lytro in a form that can only really be called a public beta.
Pros: Camera is well-built and extremely easy to operate, Uniqueness of the imaging technique makes you think differently about photography, Could be good for kids
Cons: Image quality isn’t particularly good, Composition options are, in some ways, extremely limited, Many desirable ways to manage and adjust your photos are absent
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
Summary: The Lytro Light Field Camera rethinks photography with its unique hardware and fascinating image output. But if you're not a gadget-loving early adopter with deep pockets, steer clear until Lytro makes improvements.
Cons: The proprietary Lytro image file format can only be processed and edited with Lytro's software. Low-light photo quality is disappointing. Its LCD is poor for such an otherwise high-end device.
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.
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.