Mar 29

Lytro Meltdown Update: Viewer 2.0 and Communicator with New Features

Lytro Meltdown Update: Viewer 2.0 and Communicator with New Features A few days ago, Jan Kučera released updates to both the Lytro Compatible Viewer and Lytro Compatible Communicator, bringing a range of new viewing options to the earlier, and wireless LFP download to the latter.

The author summarizes what’s new:

The wave of major updates finishes with a new release of the viewer. It now renders sub-aperture, epipolar and raw squared views that can also be exported. The sub-aperture images can be laid each over other to achieve subtle refocus effect. The precision improvements and usage of all microlenses should lead to noticeably better previews. Overall stability, especially when dealing with invalid files, was also improved.
This comes with a small update to the communicator as well, allowing you to generate LFP files from the camera over Wi-Fi, so you no longer need to connect it over USB to get your pictures.

Complete changelogs and download links after the break: Continue reading

Mar 15

App Updates: Nokia Refocus for All Lumia Phones, Lytro Mobile Bugfixes

Two quick notes regarding software updates for mobile apps:

Nokia Refocus App: Now Available to all PureView Lumia Devices running Amber Nokia’s Refocus App for Windows Phone 8 has just been released for all Lumia Smartphones, including those that don’t feature PureView cameras. The current app version also promises better focus.
Lumia users can get the app for free in the Apps+Games Store.

Lytro Mobile App Lytro has released a small update to their Lytro Mobile App (version 1.2.2), which brings “bug fixes and performance improvements”, especially “fixed support for HTTP 1.1 Content-Length: chunked”. Lytro Mobile is available for free in the iOS App Store:

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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)
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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