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.
In a news release that has somehow escaped our notice, German LightField specialist Raytrix announced an exclusive live demonstration at Photokina Preview 2012.
The report notes that Dr. Lennart Wietzke (Raytrix co-founder and CEO) and his team presented “the current version of the LightField camera”, and showed off live 3D LightField data processing, as well as software refocus. Continue reading →
Lytro’s LightField camera is without a doubt the first product of an entirely new generation of cameras, with features that were, until recently, deemed science fiction.
But how good is its battery, and how many pictures can you take until you have to recharge?
This article contains all the information about Lytro’s battery.
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: