Aug 03

Lytro Illum Sample Raw Files and Lytro Desktop Feature Examples

Folder contents of an "Editable Living Picture", exported from Illum sample Raw file using Lytro Desktop 4.0 Looking for a RAW light field file recorded by the Lytro Illum? We’ve got you covered!

Mike Miller, proud owner of the Lytro Illum “First Edition” Number 14, has kindly supplied us with some Raw light field files from Lytro’s new flagship product. Mike has also posted a detailed Lytro Illum unboxing report on his blog, so be sure to check that out!
The raw files are about 50 MB each (download link below) and allow you to test the features of Lytro Desktop 4.0, or have a closer look at the file format if that’s your thing. Continue reading

Aug 02

Lytro Quietly Releases Lytro Desktop 4.0 for the Illum

Without any special announcement, Lytro has quietly updated the Desktop Software download links to the new 4.0.0 version that comes with the Lytro Illum.
The new major release, which is compatible with both the Illum and the first-generation Lytro camera, adds new features including image adjustments, animations, instant presentations, and third-party image editing (hello, Photoshop!). Living Filters have not made the cut for version 4.0.0, but are planned to be re-activated in a later version.

Lytro Quietly Releases Lytro Desktop 4.0 for the Illum (screenshot: Lytro) Lytro Quietly Releases Lytro Desktop 4.0 for the Illum (screenshot: Lytro)

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Apr 23

Lytro Illum Tech Specs and Details – What You Need to Know

Lytro Illum: Professional-grade Light Field Camera (picture: Lytro) 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?
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Mar 16

Lytro Image Manipulation: Linux Tools to insert Images into LightField Pictures

Lytro Image Manipulation: Linux Tools to insert Images into LightField Pictures (picture: ebina1)A few days ago, we reported about ebina1′s tool “Refocus”, which makes the processing of Lytro RAW images possible in Linux.
Now, ebina1 has taken his work further, and released two more programmes that, for the first time, give users the ability to do (one kind of) image editing with Lytro LightField pictures:

insert_focus lets you insert an image at a specified focus level within the picture. Continue reading

Jan 13

Lytro Desktop v. 2.0: Perspective Shift Update also brought Colour Enhancements

Lytro Desktop v. 2.0: Perspective Shift Update also brought Colour Enhancements About a month ago, Lytro released version 2.0 of their Desktop Software for Mac and Windows.
The update included not only the new Perspective Shift and Living Filters features, but was also the first version to officially support Windows 8 64-bit. Another new aspect of the software, to be comprehensive, is the possibility to change the Lytro Library location from within the software interface.

Among the usual “Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability”, however, we found another quite strong improvement: It looks like the latest Lytro Desktop version makes up for some pale, washed-out colours, and greatly enhances color representation in (at least some) pictures.
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