Feb 15

Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal explains Lytro’s Shift from Consumer Cameras to Virtual Reality

Jason Rosenthal is Lytro's new CEO (photo: josha, Lytro) Lytro started out as a small company trying to bring light field photography to the consumer market. The company soon attracted considerable investments and built two consumer cameras – the Lytro Light Field Camera and the Lytro Illum – which brought breakthrough features such as software refocus and synthetic aperture from lab-sized camera arrays to the hands of the end users. Then, however, the company made a major strategic turn, abandoned the consumer market, and realigned itself to focus (pun intended) on Virtual Reality solutions.

In an very frank article on Backchannel, Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal explains the reasons for this move: Continue reading

Oct 15

Light L16: Camera Startup announces multi-aperture computational camera with 16 camera modules

The quality of a DSLR in a camera that fits in your pocket – that’s what camera startup Light promises with the just announced L16, the world’s first multi-aperture computational compact camera, which is made up of 16 individual camera modules.

Light L16: Camera Startup announces multi-aperture computational camera with 16 camera modules

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Jul 26

Software Updates: Lytro Illum Firmware 2.0, Lytro Desktop 4.3

Software Updates: Lytro Illum Firmware 2.0, Lytro Desktop 4.3 Earlier this month, Lytro released two major software updates that bring a range of new features to the Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop.

Upgrading your Lytro Illum to firmware v2.0 will get you a redefined, sleeker touchscreen interface, fully customizeable menu, physical distance information, and more area for your subjects in live view and and playback mode (including a new full screen view). Continue reading

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