Lytro, the world’s first light field camera that allows users to click photographs and focus on subjects later, is now available to buy in the US. Lytro today announced it has started shipping the first units to those who had pre-booked the camera. Lytro promises “living photographs” that enables users to share them and let others select which part of the photograph they would like to focus – users don’t have to focus or even auto-focus on subjects while clicking photographs. Rather than capturing just one plane of light, Lytro captures light coming from every angle and stores that information, which can be tweaked later to give different results. Also Read - WhatsApp is soon to change the way your data is backed up: What it means?
I had the opportunity to try out Lytro way back in October last year and was left pretty impressed with the technology. However, Lytro is not yet ready to take over from your point-and-shoot, let alone professional DSLR cameras, yet. The first iteration is for early-adopters only and showcases the possibilities of light plane photography technology. Early reviews suggest photographs are often grainy and highly dependent on the lighting condition, given the Lytro does not have a built-in flash. Also Read - WhatsApp introduces 'Papa Mere Papa' stickers to celebrate Father's Day: How to download, send?
I have no doubt that Lytro is really the future of consumer-grade photography and would expect this technology to be embedded in mainstream point-and-shoot cameras and eventually to smartphones and other gadgets. Lytro is available for $399 (approximately Rs 20,000) for the 8GB variant and $499 (approximately Rs 25,000) for the 16GB variant and can be bought here. Also Read - iPhone users now get Picture-in-Picture mode for YouTube videos worldwide