Press Release: Lytro Announces Most Powerful Updates Yet for Lytro ILLUM

The following press release was published by Lytro on 9 July 2015.

Lytro Announces Most Powerful Updates Yet for Lytro ILLUM
Experience the Full Living Picture Playback Experience on Camera, Native Editing in Adobe® Photoshop® and Even Faster Processing of Light Field Images

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (July 9, 2015) – Lytro, Inc. is providing users with even more creative control, freedom and interaction with its newest updates for Lytro ILLUM. The updates feature full living picture playback on camera, native editing in Adobe® Photoshop® and even faster processing of light field images during capture and post-production. Photographers can also create even more results from one exposure including 3D lenticular prints and stereoscopic side-by-side 3D animations, which can be used with virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

“The Lytro ILLUM is more than just a camera,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro, “it’s a powerful light field imaging platform with the ability to expand its capabilities with each update.” Added Rosenthal,“We’ve released more than a dozen updates since launching Lytro ILLUM last fall, something that’s rarein the photography industry. It’s this kind of dynamic thinking that Lytro continues to apply to light field technology to explore new uses and drive the industry forward.”

The updates are free and available for download now:

Lytro ILLUM 2.0 –
Lytro Desktop 4.3 –

About Lytro ILLUM 2.0
Lytro ILLUM 2.0 includes a new design and user interface with full screen views and improved focus aids, full living picture playback interaction on-camera, as well as an improved auto focus that is up to three times faster. For a full list of improvements provided in the update, visit:

Interactive Living Picture Playback: Users now have access to the full Living Pictures playback experience in camera, which includes enhanced interactive refocusing, virtual aperture and perspective shift – features exclusive to light field imagery and the ILLUM camera – allowing the photographer a more immediate look at Living Pictures for real-time adjustments in the field.

A clockwise two-finger gesture on the camera’s Playback Screen opens the aperture to a maximum of f1; the opposite counter clockwise gesture tightens the Virtual Aperture to f16.

A single finger gesture can be used to select your refocus area. Pause slightly while touching the screen to start the Perspective Shift mode. By dragging on the Living Picture, the image’s perspective will interactively shift on screen.

About Lytro Desktop 4.3
Lytro Desktop 4.3 provides faster processing, frictionless workflow and more outputs, allowing photographers to bring their creative vision to life. For the full list of improvements provided in Lytro Desktop 4.3 visit

Native Editing in Adobe® Photoshop®: Streamline editing by exporting Living Pictures to Adobe®Photoshop® as editable image stacks, with individual layers, in one step. Edit any of the layers in Adobe®Photoshop® and save the file; those changes are then automatically applied to the Living Picture in Lytro Desktop.

Faster Import: Lytro Desktop now gives the option for images to be imported without processing – a huge timesaver for photographers in the field. Unprocessed images are shown with a thumbnail preview, and can be selected later for processing individually, or in bulk.

Depth Map Editing: Living Pictures provide an additional option for personal creativity with the DepthMap. Depth Map editing allows light field photographers to make adjustments to depth (e.g., touch up in areas that may have been missed, clean up the contours of objects in the scene, remove artifacts orfix cloud and sky scenes) and see the results instantly without ever leaving Lytro Desktop.

Side-by-Side 3D Animation: Provide real world content for virtual reality with ease by automatically exporting stereoscopic side-by-side 3D animations directly from Lytro Desktop 4.3. It is compatible for virtual reality playback in Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, or stereo viewers.

Lenticular Printing: Lytro Desktop 4.3 can automatically export a series of images with a captured focus range for the creation of full color 3D prints by a lenticular print vendor. This allows viewers to see printed photographs in 3D without polarized or red/blue anaglyph glasses. The Lytro ILLUM 2.0 and Lytro Desktop 4.3 updates are free – as are all updates to the software and firmware for Lytro users – and available for download now. Visit for more information on these updates and more. See, experience and share Living Pictures at


About Lytro
Lytro is building the world’s most powerful Light Field imaging platform enabling artists, scientists and innovators to pursue their goals with an unprecedented level of freedom and control. This revolutionary technology developed by Lytro will unlock new opportunities for photography, cinematography, virtual reality, scientific and industrial application. For additional information, visit

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