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qwertyale's picture
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A camera without auto-focus

yes I'm brazilian xD

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qwertyale's picture
2048 pencils

is it real?

xD

yes I'm brazilian xD

Art D. Rector's picture
3166 pencils

Wow - cool. How come the grey one only comes in 8Mb?

qwertyale's picture
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yes I'm brazilian xD

Art D. Rector's picture
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Mb... Gb... one or the other.

YoungZM's picture
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Ugly product design though. It looks like it would be a comfort-nightmare to hold. Something can be said about the block comfort of an SLR. They're great to cradle.

Alex's picture
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It is real, but I read a review somewhere (can't find the link right now) that is just isn't that much fun or use to use.

There's a more thorough look on the Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/29/2821763/lytro-review ) which points out some of the problems - image quality being a key one.

It'll be interesting to see where it goes though.

qwertyale's picture
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thanks for The Verge review
the app even had a command to save a .jpg
the light field sensor must be amazing if it's real. first I think it's a trick with some "real time" unsharp effect algorithm.
the picture quality will increase, they only want to take advantage of the freshness like any brand does.

yes I'm brazilian xD

Alex's picture
397 pencils

Definitely agree.

The litro still feels more like a tech demo than a usable, useful product, but wait until the technology behind it is smaller, cheaper and higher quality, and I could see something like this in everything from point and shoot cameras (if they still exist) to mobile phones.

What I'd love to see is that technology built into a video camera - it would be fascinating being able to adjust a movie after it has been shot (though I'm guessing the processing power required to do that would be quite high).

wgzn's picture
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witchcraft i say - WITCHCRAFT!

ItalianMike's picture
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I've actually had an opportunity to see and play with this camera.

My opinion before ever using it was that this was just a demo. A feature they couldn't sell companies on so they brought it to market hoping to get some attention.

I read a review of this camera and in the review the author said go and visit the Lytro website (http://www.lytro.com) and look at the picture on the landing page. You can't change the focus on that picture. Why is that? Because the picture was shot and is displayed to convey a message.

I think that says more or less everything about this product.

Having played with it I can tell you that the camera is incredibly awkward. The form of it is all wrong and the device is not even that fun to use or hold. The screen is too small. It's not built well, it's not like you can play with it and pass it around with your friends and look at the pictures on it. They really dropped the ball here, because if going to market was their plan ... well they are not going to win the hearts and minds of the people.

Looking beyond the product there is the question of the technology, and it is certainly useful if it can be implemented in some real professional products. I photograph a lot of sports, working for an agency. If I could select focus on my 1D after the shot then I would never mis a shot. It would change everything. It would also take all the fun out of it.

Alex's picture
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I'm wondering whether the lytro itself was ever intended to be a consumer success.

Could it be that the launch and buzz around it was intended to 'sell' it, the technology, or the company, to other camera manufacturers?

mara06's picture
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OMG OMG OMG

I want this. I don't, however, want to part with $400 for a toy. Luckily, I am a witch, so it won't be a problem. Now...where did I put those extra newts...?

Mara

jomie's picture
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That is very handy camera. I like the style.

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