One of the major points of critique about Lytro’s light field camera(s) is that the only way to share your pictures online is to upload them to Lytro‘s servers first.
Now, in an effort to boost adoption of light field photography, Lytro has announced a new open file format for light field pictures, which will be based on the WebGL standard for 3D graphics. It will be released as an open source project on GitHub, together with a matching, open-source WebGL Player, which will allow users to host interactive light field pictures on their own websites and servers.
“One barrier to [adoption] is we are not as widely deployed and accepted as JPEG,” CEO Jason Rosenthal said in an interview. “We want to start changing that.”
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?
Halloween is only two days away – at least in our timezone. :)
It’s time once more to bring out the pumpkins and carving knives, and express your creativity in the design of your Halloween costume. Our newest Living Picture of the Week is of course Halloween-themed, and comes from Lytro camera owner David Brittain:
To get you into the season’s mood, we’ve included a few more picks after the break: Continue reading
Here in the northern hemisphere, autumn is progressing quickly – thick dewdrops cover the grass every morning, leaves are turning red and yellow, and the mountains are covered in fresh snow.
Our (revived) Livnig Picture of the Week fits the autumn theme: Lytro user beauty has nicely captured the wine grape harvest in western Slovenia:
More pictures from the grape harvest: PriMar – beauty
Hint: Would you like to discover and browse the most recent Lytro pictures posted to the web? Try our Discover link from the top menu!
Following their recent announcement, Lytro just has started the first ever International LightField Photo Contest.
For the next two months, you’ll have the chance to enter one Living Picture per day, per username. More precisely, submissions are accepted from May 1 to 21, and from June 1 to 21, 2013.