May 20

Interview: Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal about Light Field Technology and the Illum

Interview: Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal about Light Field Technology and the Illum (Youtube screenshot) Last week, Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal gave a video interview to Netzwelt Live on Google Hangouts.
First, Rosenthal talked about his own background, the basics of light field technology and its advantages over conventional optical systems. Then, he answered some questions regarding Lytro’s advance from a gimmick-style proof of concept to a semiprofessional camera system (Lytro Illum), the Illum’s target audience, and some of the camera’s features. Continue reading

May 17

Flashback: Inventor Steven Sasson Talks About The World’s First Digital Camera

Flashback: Steven Sasson Talks About The World’s First Digital Camera (vimeo screengrab) Digital cameras are anywhere and everywhere today – from massive professional DSLR cameras to tiny modules integrated into the widest range of consumer electronics. Turn the clock back about 40 years, and you’re at the advent of digital imaging.

The first digital camera was designed by Steven Sasson in the Kodak Apparatus Division research lab (Rochester, New York) in 1975. It weighed 3.6 kg (8 pounds) and contained a Fairchild CCD 201 image sensor (one of the first CCDs available) with an image resolution of 100 x 100 pixels, or 0.01 megapixels. Continue reading

May 11

Lytro Comments on Android App Requests

Lytro Mobile: iPhone App for WiFi Transfer from Camera, On-The-Go Sharing and more It recently caught our eye that there’s no Lytro Android app planned for 2014.
Shortly after our article went live, Lytro’s new product manager for “web and mobile”, Giovanna Baldassare, replied to the feature requests forum, saying that (1) Android is important, (2) her mission is to figure out how to release Lytro Mobile for Android as soon as possible, and (3) she’ll keep the community posted about developments.

Of course, we’ll be covering any Android news on the Light Field Forum as they happen.

Read the full response after the break: Continue reading

May 10

Are Canon Powershot and Eos/Rebel Cameras Getting Depth of Field Control Soon?

Are Canon Powershot and Eos/Rebel Cameras Getting Depth of Field Control Soon? (picture via: Cameraegg) As much potential as light field technology has, Lytro is – until now – the only company actually going that way with consumer cameras.
Now, according to Canon Rumors, Canon may be one of the first “big” camera makers working on integrating light field features into DSLR and Point-and-Shoot cameras:

We’re told that Canon is working to implement depth of field control in upcoming PowerShot and Rebel DSLRs. Continue reading