Dec 27

Meizu MX3 gets Software Refocus, MX4 rumoured to feature Lightfield Camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu recently released an update to version 3.3.1 of their FlyMe OS (a forked Android distribution), which adds a number of new camera features to the Meizu MX3, including software refocus.

Meizu MX3 gets Software Refocus, MX4 rumoured to feature Lightfield Camera

As you can see in the video below, this feature is purely software-based: Continue reading

Dec 20

Lytro Image Manipulation: Win a Free Copy of Lightfield Iris

Lightfield Iris For the launch of their newest Mac App, Lightfield Iris, developer Vertical Horizon has kindly provided us with three free copies of the software. We’d like to share the love with our readers, so we’re giving away three promo codes for Lightfield Iris (19.90 USD each), the first ever third-party image manipulation software for Lytro pictures.

Entering the competition is easy – Continue reading

Dec 20

Lightfield Iris: New Software to Edit Lytro Pictures [Mac]

Lightfield Iris: New Software to Edit Lytro Pictures [Mac] If you’ve been longing for an easy way to edit your Lytro images, here’s an early Christmas present: Belgian startup company Vertical Horizon has just released Lightfield Iris for Mac, the first (to our knowledge) piece of commercial third-party image manipulation software for Lytro pictures.

Lightfield Iris (AppStore Link) Lightfield Iris ($19.99)
Geert Jadoul (Rated:
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Lightfield Iris allows users to browse and edit processed images from the Lytro Desktop Image Database, and…

  • adjust image parameters such as brightness, contrast, saturation and luminance.
  • straighten your picture.
  • apply unsharp mask and noise reduction.
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Dec 18

Refocus Comparison: Lytro vs. Nokia

Nokia’s Refocus app was released to a number of PureView Lumia devices about a month ago. In contrast to the light field technology employed in the Lytro light field camera, Nokia’s solution is purely software-based and uses an ordinary digital camera module and several exposures to create a refocus effect.
So how do the two systems and their resulting pictures compare visually?

Refocus Comparison: Lytro vs. Nokia

CNET Australia tries to answer this question in their “refocusing challenge“, showing us refocus-pictures of the same scene, taken with both a Lytro camera and a Nokia Lumia 1520.
Here we take a look at the author’s conclusions, and add our own observations from the picture comparison: Continue reading