Lytro Light Field Cam w/ Sleeve & Charger
Price: $64.99 - 89.99
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Has anyone ever had any experience with this? I keep seeing this and I am so tempted to try it. I just don’t want to waste money on something that doesn’t deliver what it promises it can - MAGIC!
From the B&H photo link, I see that the camera uses a proprietary format. Meaning you can’t pull it into Photoshop or even save it in a readable manner to your computer, probably. Indeed:
Unless Lytro Desktop lets you save images as .JPEGs or .TIFFs, this just seems like a really neat toy that ultimately doesn’t give you the freedom a regular camera does.
I think this would be fun to play with, but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger. I guess it’s a contest now to see whether Woot! runs out or lowers the price enough to get me to buy it.
A coworker has one. The ability to choose a focal point after taking the picture is novel, but if you want to do anything with the picture outside of their proprietary viewer, you have to save it down to a standard image format. The output format is very low resolution by today’s standards. If you are taking pictures at an event or something where there will be lots of levels of depth to consider, it might be somewhat handy, but you’ll end up with square Instagram size snapshots in the end. Definitely not a serious photography tool.
Well, right: Pulling these into Photoshop would be pointless and I’m not sure why you think there’s a point to it. That said, if you really think that feature is important, it takes only a second to find out that you can export these as jpegs if you want to waste the power of this camera by using it to take iPhone-style snapshots.
The commercial versions of this cameras are being used in cutting-edge microscopy in medical research and other scientific research. This consumer version isn’t for people who do slide shows of their kids’ birthday parties and think they’re good photographers. If you can be bothered to learn how to use it, you can take amazing architectural, nature, and still-life photos in three dimensions. They can be posted on Facebook and other sites and the format is open-source. If you take photos with automatic settings, you’re not a photographer and can safely pass on this one.
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I appreciate the comments. Is this a toy or a real ‘thing’ that can be worked with? It seems cool if even only limited to its own software…
Do I want it? (I am a beyond-basic user) Or is this just a way to spend some $ with no future?
Oh, it has a future. The guidelines I suggest are the one above – do you use your camera on manual settings because you know how you want your photographs to turn out – and have you bought a second lens (or more) for your camera? If you’re thinking about photography at these levels, you’ll probably enjoy this. But it does have a learning curve and it’s worth reading Lytro’s site to understand how to best take advantage of the format.
Basically, it’s got a nifty trick. Fun, but you won’t be using it for serious photographs.
How on earth is this company still in business. I’ve never seen anyone using one of these. They’re sold at Target for $400-$600 and I’ve asked the sales people if they ever sell any. The answer is always no. It’s like Lytro is a solution in search of a problem.
I was an early adopter in 2012.
It’s a fascinating concept, but this model is still more toy than real camera.
I say “this model” because Lytro eventually essentially admitted that the camera was a disappointment, so now you can buy their new, improved model, the Illum, for $1,600. :0
For my money, though, even the improvements of the super-expensive 2nd generation are not enough to make Lytro a real camera.
But I’ll still check out their 3rd generation camera (2018, maybe?) to see if the hardware can catch up to the concept.
Back to THIS deal: For 70 bucks you can’t go too far wrong…it’s a very fun (but excruciatingly low res) toy for awhile…fun to show your friends…but I don’t think most people will use it beyond about 2 weeks. I returned mine (of course, it was something like $400 in 2012)
p.s. I read about some company bringing similar technology to tablets about now, that looked like it might turn out to be better than the $1,600 Illum…
but I don’t remember specifics
“p.s. I read about some company bringing similar technology to tablets about now, that looked like it might turn out to be better than the $1,600 Illum…
but I don’t remember specifics.”
Here’s an article from ComputerEdge that might be what you are thinking of.
Yes, the (Intel) RealSense (camera) does take a picture which can be viewed on your computer screen, but it doesn’t naturally render an image which looks 3D. When the image data is saved, it includes the distance each pixel is from the camera. This yields 3D data about a 2D image.
Since there is distance data saved with each object in an image it is possible to change the focus of the picture after it is taken.
There are a number of (notebook) computers now offering a built-in RealSense camera as Asus, Acer, NEC, Dell, HP, Fugitsu, and Lenovo integrate the technology into their products.
But back to this deal.
On the Lytro store website
For NEW stuff, the 16GB (Red) bundle is $249.00 and the 8GB (Graphite) bundle is $199.00. They have “free shipping”.
This 64GB refurb is about a 62% savings over new, and the 8GB refurb is about a 65% savings over new. I’m including WOOT! shipping here.
I’m thinking 60% + off for a refurb is a good deal.
In that case… I have to wonder/question would this be usable under Linux - the ONLY operating system in my book.
And again woot refused to ship to military addresses. C’mon guys. What’s the deal here?
I pre-ordered the 16gb one years ago. I was very excited about the technology but was disappointed overall (especially given the original price). At this price i would have been happy enough with its novelty value. Just some of my personal thoughts:
The purpose of this is more for the viewer to select the focal point not the photographer. I think what people expected was a photo they could select the focal point and then move on like a normal image file (into Photoshop or whatever). I agree that you have to change your ideas about a photo when properly shooting with this. I wasn’t fond of the ui the small touch screen i found tricky to use as well as the zoom slider. When i purchased this they didn’t have any way to protect the lens other than the lens cap, hopefully now they have a filter available. The shape isn’t natural for taking photos as we’re used to.
I have a lot of complaints at a higher price range. For under $100 this is a fun toy. Most people wouldn’t use this to replace a “normal” camera.
The original product (this camera) was more of a “proof on concept” than a viable consumer product. I personally like the idea of selecting the focus spot AFTER taking the photo…would be great for photojournalism. But the resulting export from this version 1.0 camera is about a 1 MP image AND requires the company to stay in business so you can go online to use the camera’s post-photo features.
Until there is a stand-alone app, I’d be putting this in the drawer with my Nimslo 3D camera and the Agfa camera that stored images on a “Click” disc.
The question should be can you use the online-only app to manipulate the image in a Linux OS browser. I suspect you can.