Lytro: A Full-Spectrum No-Focus Digital Camera

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Lytro: A Full-Spectrum No-Focus Digital Camera

Lytro is soon-to-be released camera with some unique technology. Unlike conventional cameras that only capture single planes of light, the Lytro captures the entire light field, recording all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

What's the benefit of capturing all light? For one, recording images in this format means that focusing in real time is no longer necessary—because the camera captures every point, you can dynamically focus on any plane in the picture after you take the photo. This eliminates the auto-focus motor and, consequently, shutter delay, allowing for the instant capture of images and more editing options for your photography.

Design, Lytro, camera
Design, Lytro, camera

The form of Lytro follows it's function, making way for an 8X optical zoom with a constant f/2 aperture, "capturing maximum light across the entire zoom range." The instant shutter button follows the center of gravity, and an extruded anodized aluminum skin protects the contents and looks slick.

The intuitive multi-touch screen functions much like a smartphone with swipe, tap and pinch commands that access the built-in software. At less than eight ounces, this means a "meticulously designed camera that's lightweight yet solid, built for stability, and easy to use."

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Design, Lytro, camera
Design, Lytro, camera

Single-tap after-the-fact focus change:

Some sample images:
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Design, Lytro, camera
Design, Lytro, camera
Design, Lytro, camera
Design, Lytro, camera
Design, Lytro, camera

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Ward Andrews

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