Lytro Consumer Light Field Camera Captures Interactive Living Pictures

lytro-logoLytro unveiled the first Lytro consumer light field camera, introducing a new way to take and experience pictures. Unlike conventional cameras, the Lytro light field camera captures all the rays of light in a scene, providing new capabilities never before possible, such as the ability to focus a picture after it’s taken.

The pocket-sized camera, which offers a powerful 8x optical zoom and f/2 lens in an iconic design, creates interactive ―living pictures that can be endlessly refocused. The camera is available in two models and three colors, starting at $399.

The Lytro is the only consumer camera that lets people instantly capture a scene just as they see it by recording a fundamentally richer set of data than ever before. Lytro cameras feature a light field sensor that collects the color, intensity, and the direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, capturing a scene in four dimensions. To process this additional information, Lytro cameras contain a light field engine that allows camera owners to refocus pictures directly on the camera.

[advt]When the Lytro’s living pictures are shared online, the light field engine travels with each picture so anyone can interact with them on nearly any device, including web browsers, mobile phones, and tablets—without having to download special software.

The Lytro’s sleek design was created with simplicity in mind. With no unnecessary modes or dials, the camera features just two buttons—power and shutter—and has an intuitive glass touchscreen that lets pictures be viewed and refocused directly on the camera. While the Lytro camera houses complex technology, it is fundamentally easy to use, opening new creative opportunities for anyone interested in sharing their favorite memories with friends and family.

Lytro lets you take pictures like never before. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

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Capture everything – instantly.

Capture living pictures with the press of a single button. By instantly capturing complete light field data, the Lytro camera gives you capabilities you’ve never had in a regular camera.

Focus after the fact.

Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime.

And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay. So, capture the moment you meant to capture not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you.

Share the love.

Friends and family can explore your living pictures – having fun interacting with them like you did – on nearly any device, like your mobile phone, your web browser or your tablet.

Easily share from the desktop or from Lytro.com to friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, email or your blog.

Features

The Lytro camera is small, light, and stunning. A great conversation piece. Which it should be, because it’s not every day you can take pictures that make history.

Form follows function: The Lytro Light Field Camera boasts an 8X optical zoom lens with a constant f/2 aperture, capturing maximum light across the entire zoom range.

Intelligent design: Extruded anodized aluminum structural skin. Center of gravity shutter button. Intuitive multi-touch screen. And less than eight ounces. What does it all mean? A meticulously designed camera that’s lightweight yet solid, built for stability, and easy to use.

Speed, indeed: Light field technology translates to faster snaps. Without an auto-focus motor, the Lytro’s instant shutter means you don’t lose time focusing. Plus, with instant power on, you can capture the perfect moment – not the moment after.

Elegant omissions: What’s missing? Nothing you’ll miss. No auto-focus, no shutter lag, no unnecessary modes, dials, or settings. And no flash, because Lytro can handle many low light settings. So, no obstacles to the perfect shot.

Play with the light: Living pictures want to be let loose and roam free. When you share them from your Mac*, your friends enjoy the same interactive control as you, on nearly any device, without needing special software.

Price $499 $399 $399
Color Red Hot Graphite Electric Blue
Storage 750 Pictures 350 Pictures 350 Pictures
Model 16GB Light Field Camera 8GB Light Field Camera 8GB Light Field Camera
Storage Type Internal flash drive.
Technology Lytro Light Field Sensor and Lytro Light Field Engine 1.0.
Lens 8x optical zoom; Constant f/2 lens.
Controls Power button: Shutter button; Zoom slider; Touchscreen.
Display 1.46 in | 33 mm back-lit LCD display with glass touchscreen.
Exposure Tap on touchscreen to set exposure.
Battery Long-life Li-Ion internal battery.
File Output Light field picture file (.lfp).
Light Field Resolution 11 Megarays: the number of light rays captured by the light field sensor.
Software Includes a free desktop application for importing, processing and interacting with living pictures from the camera. It is built for Mac OS and requires Mac OS 10.6.6 or higher. A Windows application is in development.
Picture Output Produces HD-quality interactive, living pictures.
Picture Storage Free storage for living pictures on Lytro.com, subject to the Terms of Use. (Internet access required)
Picture Viewing View and interact with living pictures on the Lytro camera as well as any internet-connected computer, smartphone or tablet supported.
Light Field Engine Version 1.0. This is the software that processes light fields to produce interactive pictures. Keep watching this space!
Shell Ultra-light anodized aluminum structural skin.
Grip Silicone Rubber.
E-waste RoHS certified.
Weight 7.55 oz | 214 g
Dimensions 1.61 in x 1.61 in x 4.41 in | 41 mm x 41 mm x 112 mm
Included Lytro Light Field Camera; Lens cap; Cleaner Cloth; Wrist Strap; 3.28 ft | 1 m Micro-USB cable for data transfer and charging.
Optional Accessories Fast charger; Replacement lens cap. (Separate purchase required)

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