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“Shoot Now, Focus Later” Camera Maker Lytro Releases Illum, A New Model With Fancy Lens

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Lytro made a huge splash two years ago with the introduction of their “light field photography” camera, which captured images that could be refocused after the fact. It was groundbreaking innovation, although its functionality has since then been replicated in smartphones with software trickery. The Illum being released now, however, raises the bar again. Aside from it’s slick futuristic looks, it packs a new 30 to 250 mm lens with a f/2 aperture across the range which contains only 13 pieces of glass, in contrast with an equivalent lens from Canon that contains 22. The result is a lighter, smaller lens that captures equally splendid pictures thanks to the complexity of its sensor and advanced algorithms.

It’s a futuristic camera that opens up a world of possibilities not previous available to photographers. Owning one will obviously cost a pretty penny, and in this case it’s $1,599. That’s a lot of dollars, but you’re also getting a lot of camera.

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  • David_Evans

    The Lytro lens is not necessarily equivalent to the Canon. The Canon has to supply enough detail for Canon’s best sensor, around 20MP. From what I’ve read the Lytro sensor is roughly equivalent to 2.5 MP. That’s some difference.