Aug 02

Lytro Quietly Releases Lytro Desktop 4.0 for the Illum

Without any special announcement, Lytro has quietly updated the Desktop Software download links to the new 4.0.0 version that comes with the Lytro Illum.
The new major release, which is compatible with both the Illum and the first-generation Lytro camera, adds new features including image adjustments, animations, instant presentations, and third-party image editing (hello, Photoshop!). Living Filters have not made the cut for version 4.0.0, but are planned to be re-activated in a later version.

Lytro Quietly Releases Lytro Desktop 4.0 for the Illum (screenshot: Lytro) Lytro Quietly Releases Lytro Desktop 4.0 for the Illum (screenshot: Lytro)

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Jul 31

Lytro Illum Starts Shipping [In-Depth Reviews, Pictures]

The new Lytro Illum Light Field Camera (photo: The Verge) More than three months ago, Lytro announced the next generation in consumer light field camera: the Lytro Illum.
Today, after a long and hard period of waiting, the camera finally starts shipping to those quick customers that put in the first pre-orders back in April.

The release of the camera goes hand-in-hand with the first in-depth reviews, which are already coming in, but not all of the reviewers are happy with Lytro’s new flagship product.

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Jul 30

Lytro CEO: Light Field Photography will Replace DSLRs …Eventually.

Lytro CEO: Light Field Photography will Replace DSLRs ...Eventually. (photo: TheNextWeb) Are you excited about the imminent release of Lytro’s second-generation light field camera, the Lytro Illum? Here’s something to pass some of that time:

Jackie Dove from TheNextWeb sat down with Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal recently, to talk about the Illum and it’s significance for the future of photography. “Interchangeable lenses”, “DSLRs“, “Photoshop and Lightroom” and “Android” are some of the most important keywords that came up during the interview.

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Jul 27

Shipping version of Lytro Illum passes FCC

We just noticed that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published new documents concerning the Lytro Illum earlier this month. Lytro submitted a new set of standard technical test reports regarding RF exposure (radio frequency exposure) including SAR measurements to the FCC on July 9, and these documents were published on the FCC website two days later.

Shipping version of Lytro Illum passes FCC (Screenshot from fcc.gov)

While the device’s FCC ID has changed from ZMQB5 to ZMQBZ, the model number remains at “B5″ and one of the attached documents refers to “Blitzen”, the Illum camera’s internal code name. Thus, we believe have reason to believe these documents relate to the final version of Lytro’s Illum light field camera that is scheduled to start shipping within a few days. Continue reading