As we told you earlier, you can get as close as 4 to 5 inches (10 – 12 cm) to your subject with a Lytro LightField camera. That is, if you take your picture with Standard Mode.
WIth the recently introduced Creative Mode feature, you can get even closer – much, much closer:
In Creative Mode, there should not be an issue with “too close.” Ren, our founder, even shot a bug crawling across the camera lens.
That means, the minimum focus distance in Creative Mode is basically zero, if your camera is fully zoomed out. With maximum zoom (8x), the minimum focus distance is about 3 feet (1 meter), which means you should be able to get cool close-up pictures of animals etc., wich a more narrow depth of field (equals nice, blurry background).
Here’s Lytro’s video introduction to Creative Mode:
…and an example Living Picture that shows you the extreme macro power:
As DP Review explains in its recent Lytro review, the Lytro LightField camera offers two distinct shooting modes: Everyday mode and Creative mode.
What’s the difference, you might ask?
The Lytro camera is designed to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. That means that you don’t have a lot of control in terms of options, just zoom controls and a shutter button. However, you can override auto exposure, activate a sort-of macro mode, and improve quality on a limited refocus range. Continue reading →