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[Ars] Lytro's new light field camera lets you focus after you take a picture

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Imaging scientist Ren Ng's years of research into capturing "light fields" using increasingly high-resolution digital imaging sensors have finally come to fruition. Ng's company, Lytro, unveiled its first consumer product on Wednesday—a digital camera capable of capturing "living images" that can be infinitely refocused after capture. While the new camera is designed to change the way we capture and share snapshots, the technology has the potential to radically alter how all photographs are made.

The new Lytro camera is a small rectangular tube of aluminum, with an f/2 lens on one end and a small 2" touchscreen on the other. The only controls are a power button, shutter button, and a slider to control the 8x zoom range of its lens. There are no controls for aperture, shutter speed, or focus—because the Lytro doesn't need them. The Lytro is probably the closest thing to "point-and-shoot" photography that has ever existed in the digital era.

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Original Tech Demo posted on OCN
(Note: The above thread announces the technology. This thread is announcing the availability of consumer products built on that technology. Not a repost).
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edit: Any reviews or this model in action?

This article just talks about the technology again but doesn't have a review of the product.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 10/21/11 at 4:44am
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Well done, PoopaScoopa. When it's an 11 hour old article about the release of these cameras, it's not a repost of a month-old article about the technology.

To be on topic, 2 MP is more than enough for casual photographers as long as IQ is good. And $400 is certainly a decent price for a camera that can refocus pictures after taking them.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 10/21/11 at 4:42am
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Do want. I want to see reviews though.
   
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Just going by the example picture of the flowers on the product page, its not sharp enough for me. Id be disappointed with the pictures it takes personally if its that blurry.
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Originally Posted by Evil Mechanic View Post
Just going by the example picture of the flowers on the product page, its not sharp enough for me. Id be disappointed with the pictures it takes personally if its that blurry.
Yeah, it is very cool that it can refocus after the fact, but it needs better hardware still imo. It isn't clear enough at all, which hopefully can be fixed with a better lens/more MP, etc. Hopefully the refocus tech doesn't limit it in any way and they can make a much better one with the same tech but with better hardware.

There are many more pics to go through btw(click on Enlarge in the bottom right of the flower for more), and they all suffer from the same fuzziness, even on the re-focused part.
Edited by Strat79 - 10/23/11 at 8:13am
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This stuff is new. Give it time.
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