Lytro Illum, the light-field camera, launched at $1,599

In 2011, Lytro Inc bowled over the consumer gadget world when it introduced the concept of ‘shoot now, focus later’ in a pocket flashlight-sized gizmo. The pictures taken are known as living pictures.


On Tuesday, Lytro launched the follow-up to its first light-field camera, the Lytro Illum, which looks more like a traditional camera (unlike Lytro’s cuboidal shape) but with an unconventional design at $1,599 .

Like its predecessor, the Lytro Illum also captures information such as intensity, colour, and direction of every light ray flowing into the camera. This enables users to manipulate the focus point or slightly tilt or shift perspective after the image has been shot.

Unlike the original Lytro camera, the Illum resembles a traditional DSLR. One of the major upgrades that Illum brings inMost Used is the use of a 1-inch sensor. It still offers a constant f/2.0 lens but it has included a 30-250mm equivalent zoom range to the lens. It offers a 40-megaray light field sensor, but the still images created will have an equivalent resolution of 4 megapixels. The device has a high speed shutter of 1/4000th of a sec, thus is capable of freezing motion under a wide variety of condition. Various shooting modes such as Program, ISO priority, shutter priority and full manual are supported by the camera. It also comes with its proprietary software which allows photographers to manipulate the images by adjusting focus, perspective shift, tilt, and depth of field. Additionally it sports extreme close-focus macro capability and a smartphone-class touchscreen.


The company’s computational software gives the Illum the ability to digitally correct optical aberrations inside the camera to a certain extent solving flaws that have plagued lens designs for hundreds of years.

In addition to enabling post-capture image adjustments, the proprietary software platform of the camera enables users to view images in 3D, build custom animations, convert images into common formats like JPEG and share them to the Web or mobile devices. Its workflow is also compatible with existing photo-editing suites like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software and Apple’s Aperture software. The Illum is much larger than the original Lytro, weighing 940g compared to the first cameras 215g.

The Lytro Illum will be launched in the markets from July 2014 onwards for a retail price of $1,599 or approx Rs 97,600.

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