Discovered this piece of tech today and after some research i’ve concluded that this will either be the most overhyped piece of camera technology in modern times or the start of something utterly revolutionary- let’s hope it’s the later. Lytro announced four months ago that they were building a consumer digital camera and stated that it “will be the biggest technological jump since we started talking megapixels over 20 years ago.”
This nifty pocket-sized camera flaunts capabilities never before seen, allowing the user to focus on a picture after it’s taken, no It’s not some wizards trick or some time traveling feat, but implement a new way of capturing a picture.
These new devices are called light field cameras and can absorb light from the entire scene, which means when you take a picture during a party, you can not only see your friends goofy dance in the background but also all the other ridiculous stuff happening throughout your shot; as opposed to most camera’s which only allow you to focus on one humiliating bit of debauchery. Steve Lohr from The New York Times says, “For a photographer, whether amateur or professional, the Lytro technology means that the headaches of focusing a shot go away.”
Accompanying the Lytro super camera is the desktop application, a free software download that can easily import pictures from the camera to the computer. The application lets you view (of course), organize, share and most importantly interact with your pictures.
You can send off your uber pictures to Lytro.com to be shared via Facebook, Twitter, email or on your blogs. Cool thing about these pictures are that once they’ve been shared they can be explored by anyone, allowing the viewer to live in the moment. If you don’t believe me, go see Lytro’s picture gallery so i can say i told you so. The camera comes in two models: a 8GB $399 Electric blue/Graphite one or the 16GB $499 in Red Hot. They will be shipping out in 2012, if you want to learn more go click on these links: The New York Times and NPR.