Lytro Light Field Digital Cam w/ Sleeve & Charger
Price: $99.99 - 149.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
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5/19/2014 - $119.99 - 159.9 - 16 comment(s)
Waiting for the Illum.
Check out this review over at dpreview.com
I bought one of these when they first came out, but did not keep it as the limitations were too great. The whole concept of light field photography is incredible, but this camera is a so-so introduction to that technology. The camera itself is just ok, the rear display reminds me of a iPod nano-and thats the only way to control it. The images have to be uploaded to the company’s website to be processed, and the resulting image files you get back are 1 megapixel. You actually can get several for each shot for each focus “slice.” Overall at Woot’s price it’s an awesome intro to light field photography, far less what they were selling for at electronics stores. Read the dpreview link, it is spot on and wasn’t yet published when I bought mine.
I would like use this never! It’s not a camera, it’s a gadget. Put this tech into a smart phone and you’ll have a great feature - that’s about it.
They should have licensed it to a real camera mfg who would have had the know how to integrate it into their cameras. If they wanted a premium on the licensing, it could have been implemented on a serious amateur P&S camera where photography buffs would have paid the extra cost. Instead, they made it into an expensive gadget that was fun for the first few minutes, but afterward, to the snapshot photographer, was not relevant anymore.
The phone mfgs have implemented such feature, either with an extra lens or moving the camera after taking the picture…both to get parallax difference or taking a whole bunch of pictures at different focal point.
Lytro’s period of exclusivity is over.
Well… Technically they’re not doing the same thing, taking successive shots at different focal lengths is certainly not the same as taking a single light-field shot. The light-field stuff is just magic really, hard to believe it really and truly works.
But you are right from a consumer acceptance perspective, they’re near as dammit the same functionality to the end user.
Well, at least they had the sense not to put this in the camera section.
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I bought the red one right here the last time it was offered for sale.
It’s definitely an attention grabber and a well made machine. But photography wise is little more than a gadget. The limited zoom is digital not optical.
To get the field effect of shifting focus the picture has to be precisely composed with an object really close and another far away. Limited applicability.
Resolution wise, you get better shots on your smartphone. The photos are square.
It’s pretty hefty so it makes for a great looking paper weight on any desk.
Haha, I was thinking the same thing. I don’t remember all this outrage over Flip Video or GoPro, both of which are essentially one-trick ponies that would be better as features on another device. For $100, this is a pretty cool way to dip your toe in the pool.
I have red one also. Guess I had my hope too high. You still need to focus on an object before taking the shot. I thought you just shot and focus later, but not the case.
Shot in indoor (or low light) is like using my kid’s $20 made in china camera with very bad image quality.
The lens front where it’s magnetized to hold lens cover detached from the body…I had to glue it back. Lens does not stay on if you put camera in a bag and move around. If you place the camera in the camera sleeve that come with the camera, lens cap would stuck on bottom of the sleeve since the bag wrap around camera very tight.
And for some reason, the software does not work on my windows 8.1. 64bit computer.
No support for Android device to sync via wifi.
Maybe it’s first generation…
Aaaand there’s the dealbreaker. Well, two of them, actually. 1MP images were weak 15 years ago and basically a joke today. For comparison’s sake most modern smartphones have 8MP cameras, with some hitting 13MP+. Today’s DSLR cameras are generally 20MP and up.
Also, if the images have to be uploaded to the company’s website, that sounds like if the company goes under the camera would be essentially useless except as a tiny square rolling pin.
It’s worth noting that that review is years old and out of date. The camera’s firmware and the desktop software have both been updated many times, but the review has not been changed to reflect that.
The current desktop software can process the photos itself.
The 8x zoom (not really that limited) is optical. You can feel the lens moving inside as you drag across the zoom bar.
I love and still use mine. I wish the desktop software processed the photos faster (my laptop is stuck on an older version of their software, though, so the recently released upgrade may be much faster still). It’s absolutely true that you don’t want this if you think smartphones take good pictures. If you’re a photographer and you look at other niches like Lensbaby optics, tilt-shift, and pinhole photography, this will also interest you. Everyone else can stick with their dark, flat, noisy iPhone snapshots.
Then you better go buy their newest model, which seem to be geared more toward enthusiasts. I still believe if they licensed it to a major camera mfg, a better designed (maybe even dual mode) camera would have been made.
I’ve been watching these hang around for a while now, and at this price I’m in (just hoping it doesn’t sell out before I get home and can actually buy it).