Apr 23

Lytro Illum Tech Specs and Details – What You Need to Know

Lytro Illum: Professional-grade Light Field Camera (picture: Lytro) Earlier today, Lytro announced Lytro Illum, the company’s second-generation light field camera which boasts professional-grade hardware.
Set to start shipping in July 2014, the camera is priced at 1,499 USD for pre-orders.
The official product page contains mostly introductory information, so we’ve dug through the knowledgebase articles to find some more details and additional information about the camera’s hardware, features, controls, and international availability.

Here are the most pressing questions we had:

What is the Lytro Illum’s image resolution?
Lytro Illum features a 40 Megaray light field sensor (i.e. it records 40 million light rays), which results in an effective resolution of 4 Megapixels maximum. In other words, you’ll be able to view and export images in 4 Megapixel resolution.

Does Illum have interchangeable lenses?
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Apr 15

Lytro: No Android App in 2014, “Deep” into New Flagship Product

Lytro Mobile: iPhone App for WiFi Transfer from Camera, On-The-Go Sharing and more About 10 months ago, Lytro introduced an iOS companion app called “Lytro Mobile” and, at the same time, released a firmware update activating the camera’s internal WiFi chip.
The app makes it possible for iPhone, iPod and iPad users to connect wirelessly to the camera, download and preview Living Pictures, upload them to the “Mobile” album on pictures.lytro.com, and even create nice little GIF-animations demonstrating refocus and Perspective Shift. With newer versions of the app came additional features like Living Filters, AirPlay support and 3D export.
Meanwhile, the Android community has been waiting for the release of an Android app.

Slumbering in the “Feature Requests” section of Lytro’s customer support, there’s a request for an Android app, which has had the official status “Planned” for a while now. Revisiting this discussion, we found some recent responses by Lytro staff, which don’t sound to promising for Android users: Continue reading

Nov 25

Lytro Price Drop in Europe: Light Field Cameras now up to 30 % Cheaper

Lytro Price Drop in Europe: Light Field Cameras now up to 30 % Cheaper Lytro’s first-generation Light Field Camera has been available in Europe for four months now. The camera first launched in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, back in mid-July, and soon after arrived in the UK market. Introductory prices ranged between 479 and 579 EUR (approx. 650 to 875 USD) in the German-speaking regions1, a significant markup of 50 percent.

However, a recent price check on price comparison portals Geizhals, Skinflint and Toppreise has revealed notable price drops in some countries over the last few weeks. Continue reading

Nov 23

Lytro secures 40 Million Dollar Boost for New Light Field Hardware

Lytro secures 40 Million Dollar Boost for New Light Field HardwareWhen Lytro launched publicly in June 2011 and announced working on the first consumer light field camera, they had raised “approx. 50 million dollars” in venture capital1. Now, the company announced another 40 million dollars in capital, coming from new (North Bridge Venture Partners) and existing (e.g. Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates and Greylock Partners) investors. Of course that’s great news for Lytro, but what does it mean for us?

Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal said the money will “help fund a new generation of Lytro hardware”. This will not only result in “thinner, cheaper and lighter consumer products”, but allow the company to also step into the professional photography and motion picture markets: Continue reading