Have you been waiting for the Lytro Illum price to drop before you buy? Now may be your chance: An Italian seller has just undercut the official list price by 300 Euro, and is currently selling Lytro’s flagship camera for 1299.99 Euro plus 25 Euros for shipping within Europe (edit: while the offer is also valid overseas, higher shipping cost applies).
Since this is the first time we’ve seen the Lytro Illum go for much less than 1599 Euros, we’re not sure the offer will stay for long. If you’re interested, seize the chance and get your cheap Illum from the Amazon Marketplace!
Note: If the link takes you just to the standard offer, click through to “Other Sellers on Amazon” in the lower right.
After releasing two light field cameras for end users, Lytro seems to try branching out into other fields to enable broader application of their plenoptic technology: Back in November, Lytro announced the Lytro Development Kit, basically a way for interested companies to license the technology and explore light field applications on their own.
Now the company reportedly raised 50 million $ to shift toward Virtual Reality and video. Lytro’s “refocus” to these new areas entails a lay-off of 25 to 50 current positions – a sizeable chunk of their workforce of just 130 – so that new specialists from the fields of video and VR can be hired. Continue reading
At first glance, the music video below consists only of slow panning and focus-shifting across otherwise static scenes, where the camera movement matches the calm soundscape of Big Noble‘s new song “Ocean Picture”.
However, there’s something special about this video: It was recorded solely with a Lytro Illum light field camera, and thus consists of many individual images brought to life by two of the most popular light field features: post-capture refocus and single-exposure 3D.
Lytro recently introduced a camera accessory for their second generation light field camera, the Lytro Illum: the Viltrox JY680L TTL Flash for Lytro Illum, dubbed “Lytro TTL Flash”, fully supports the Illum’s TTL system and features an AF-assist beam as well as a Guide Number 58 (ISO 100 meter).
According to the product page, the flash supports 18-135 mm Auto Zoom, wireless light-controlled trigger, exposure compensation and Rear Curtain Sync. It also supports PC sync socket, recycles within 0.5 to 5 seconds and can shoot continuously at 8 flashes per second.
The Lytro TTL Flash is scheduled to ship within the month for 249.99 US-$.
The company has also released a new firmware update to version 1.1.1, which brings full compatibility for the new official third-party accessory.
For more Lytro accessories, check out this list of Lytro accessories.
Ren Ng is the name behind a major step towards hand-held light field cameras. After spending 8 years commercializing the product of this PhD thesis for the consumer market, the founder and executive chairman of Lytro has announced he will return to academia in 2015.
Ng will remain a full-time chairman of Lytro through the summer of 2015, when he will commence a position as assistant professor at the University of California in Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Continue reading