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Video: First consumer light field camera gets a test run in San Francisco

Some of these folks are here to get pictures with one of the most highly-sought after cameras to be released this year: a new Lytro camera, which is the first portable light-field camera. It measures light rays, no pixels required, with a light field sensor that captures 11 million light rays. Most of the camera is made up of the lens. There’s no delay taking photos because it doesn’t focus first—it records all the light data in a photo. And here’s why people are excited about it—you can go back in and focus different parts of the picture, after the shot has been taken.

Snapping photos around San Francisco’s tourist spots is nothing new. But some of these folks are here to get pictures with one of the most highly-sought after cameras to be released this year: a new Lytro camera, which is the first portable light-field camera. It measures light rays, no pixels required, with a light field sensor that captures 11 million light rays.

Most of the camera is made up of the lens. There’s no delay taking photos because it doesn’t focus first—it records all the light data in a photo. And here’s why people are excited about it—you can go back in and focus different parts of the picture, after the shot has been taken. That’s possible with proprietary Lytro software, only available so far on iOS, not windows.

CEO bite

Lytro set up a recent media and lytro camera enthusiasts photography outing at the Ferry Building. New owners of Lytro camera’s were given hand-outs of tips for shooting pictures, though many have been working with the camera for about a week so far.

Bite—in the bar…

One of the camera’s neatest features is it’s ability to get an extreme macro shot of an object—in this case—the lens is actually touching this diamond ring.

But photography fans are still figuring out if the cost—starting at $400—will really be worth the benefits.

Bite—not sure yet.

The lytro developer is looking to the future. Possible new versions of the light-field camera will include a video option—as well as doing some work with 3D movie producers. Software updates will let current lytro users view their images in 3D soon, too.

From San Francisco, Kerry Davis, IDG News Service.


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