I hate it when I miss that perfect shot just because my camera has a paddy over focusing. A musician doing a comedy gurn during a solo. A group of friends having a good laugh so anything that means I don’t have to wait to focus would certainly bring my interest and this is where the new Lytro camera comes in. These two pictures below are actually the same capture (note these aren’t the sharpest examples… they are the funniest though ).
The Lytro camera uses an array of micro lenses attached to a normal digital camera sensor to capture the “Light Field” of a picture.
These pictures can be uploaded to Lytro’s website where people can then focus on different parts of the picture.
When I first heard of this technology one thought came to mind was if you had a really wide aperture you could then use it fully open then sort out your depth of field afterwards. I was worried the technology might not work on anything more than a rather normal sized aperture but my fears we’re laid to rest by the fact that it’s F/2 all the way through it’s zoom range. Only one thing that I think they have really jumped the shark with. The shape!
It’s shaped like a torch? It looks the most awful to hold camera ever. I can’t imagine really being able to hold it steady. Another problem with it’s shape is the touch screen on the back is tiny (yes, touch screen and tiny. Not a good combination).
The technology behind the camera sounds interesting and the optics they’ve used on it sound good as well. If only they put it in a proper camera body. Here’s an interesting thought, if the technology is basically a normal digital camera sensor with a micro lens array stuck on it does that mean you could also make a film camera with it as well? Or (more practically) being pretty much flexible in terms of camera so any digital camera’s design could be modified to work with it? I wonder what else you could do with it.