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?
Three months ago to the day (on Juli 15 2013), Lytro’s Light Field Camera took a first step into the European market and reached Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Just now, Lytro has announced starting sales at what is likely the most popular online retailer in the German-speaking region: Amazon.de.
You can now find four models (Red Hot, Graphite, Electric Blue and Moxie Pink; no word about the Seaglass/green model) in Amazon’s online offerings, as well as the original Lytro accessories. For some articles, which are already sold out (or aren’t in stock yet), Amazon accepts preorders:
According to Amazon’s product information, the cameras “may be shipped to destinations outside of Germany”. A test order to an Austrian address worked fine.
Full (german) press release after the break:
Lytro’s LightField Camera is currently officially available in 5 countries (plus India, inofficially?), but it’s not easy to get in Europe.
This weekend, however, online bargain store QoQa is exclusively offering the 8 GB models “electric blue” and “graphite” to customers in France and Belgium, for 399 Euros plus shipping.
The weekend offer ends Sunday, April 7, at midnight CEST.
If your country of residence fits (or if you have friends there), this may just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for: Lytro Appareil photo plénoptique de poche | QoQa.fr
We were offline for a few days, but the world obviously didn’t stop turning: Lytro has officially announced international sales for four new countries: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore will be the first countries outside the US that will get the world’s first consumer LightField Camera.
In addition to these news, the Lytro Camera will also be available through online retailers like Amazon.com, Target and BestBuy.
Availability depends on your reseller of choice, but the camera will start selling on October 9 (Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Future Shop/Canada), October 10 (in-store through retailers in Australia) and in mid-October (in-store through retailers in Hong Kong and Singapore). Continue reading
In the United States, Lytro’s LightField Camera has started shipping in late February. While there are some options to order a Lytro camera from abroad, they’re a bit complicated and more expensive.
Asked about international orders, Lytro’s customer support can’t provide a lot of information:
Q: Is there any date when you’re gonna be able to send Lytro to Europe? Just some info like Q4 2012 or Q1 2013 would be nice, I don’t need some specific date, but I really want your product! ;)
A: We are working toward expanding distribution and will share more details when we can.
A new, open job position at Lytro shows that the company is preparing for internatoinal orders and shipping: Continue reading