Lytro Light Field Camera
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Lytro's debut camera only shines when taking well-lit pictures with multiple focus layers, but the technology is promising, and we suspect it's only a matter of time before all cameras work this way.
- Refocuses images after the factStellar build quality.Simple but intuitive UI
- Low resolution (~1MP) capturesPoor screenIffy low-light performanceNo Windows-compatible software yet
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Lytro Light Field Camera
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- 64AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE19 ReviewsPC Mag40Lytro Light Field CameraThe Lytro lives up to its promise of capturing images that you can focus after they've been shot, but its image quality and ergonomics are poor, making the camera little more than an overpriced toy.TechCrunch70Review: Lytro Light Field CameraThe people at Lytro are extremely smart, the technology is truly fascinating, and the potential is off the charts. But as a debut, the Lytro camera is just too limited in its current form to recommend to anyone but an enthusiast with money to burn. A year from now it might be different.Engadget60Lytro camera reviewFor the photography aficionados in the audience, $399 is chump change compared to the kinds of glass in your collection, making Lytro a no-brainer and worthy companion of space in your camera bag. For the rest of us, though, patience is a virtue.Gizmodo80Lytro Light Field Camera: This is What new Feels LThe Lytro is like the kid voted most likely to succeed in the high school yearbook. It's already successful, but still has tons of untapped potential. Not quite MENSA status yet, but well on its way.CNET60Lytro Light Field Camera 8GBThe Lytro Light Field Camera rethinks photography with its unique hardware and fascinating image output. But if you're not a gadget-loving, Mac-owning early adopter, steer clear until Lytro makes improvements.Digital Photography Review70Lytro Light Field CameraIf it were higher resolution or allowed greater separation or could produce single lens 3D video it might generate a lot more excitement. As it is, it feels like a product arriving before the underlying technology is really ready.New York Times60A Review of the Lytro CameraThe potential of light-field photography is great — that whole “don’t have to focus” thing is maybe even more impressive than focusing after the fact — but there’s a difference between a great technology and a great product.Wired70Focus on the FutureAfter two weeks with the Lytro camera, I still can’t decide if it’s a highly refined proof-of-concept or an uneven look at the future of photography. It’s simultaneously addictive and frustrating. It’s also, as advertised, a truly unique photographic experience.Popular Science70Lytro Light-Field Camera Review: Shoot, Then FocusRight now the Lytro is essentially a one-trick pony, but let’s not forget that it’s quite the trick. Think of it this way: this camera captures multiple depths of field with one shutter click, a feat only possible previously with either a whole room filled with lenses or taking multiple versions of the same image with a regular camera.PC World Australia80Lytro Light Field cameraThe Lytro is an innovative camera that can capture all the light in a scene and let you play around with the depth of field after you take the photo. It's a camera that should appeal to photography and camera enthusiasts.ABC News60Lytro Camera Review: Shoot now, focus laterI had a great time playing around with the head-turning camera and then refocusing pictures. But it looks like I will be sticking to taking two shots of everything until light field and Lytro cameras are ready for prime time.Reviewed.com Camcorders30Lytro Light Field CameraWe’re waiting to see what comes next, and most of you probably should, too.Time70Lytro's Light-Field Camera: Photography, ReimagineFor now, buying and using a Lytro is helping to beta-test the future of photography. If that proposition sounds alluring — rather than intimidating or annoying — you’re the kind of person who might love this camera, limitations and all.TechRadar60It's not like other camerasFantastic technology that's as cutting edge as it is expensive. An asset for macro fans and certainly impressive, but the Lytro remains a novelty purchase until established camera manufacturers integrate the tech.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Lytro Light Field Camera reviewThe Lytro Light Field Camera is easy to use and great fun. It's not really designed to compete with an SLR or compact system camera or even a compact camera and its image aren't directly comparable with standard pictures.T360Lytro reviewWe want to love the Lytro. It looks and feels fantastically futuristic, and the light field technology inside will change the way we think about photography forever. But not just yet.Expert Reviews60Lytro light field camera reviewA marvellous feat of technology but the resulting product is little more than a novelty.Techno Buffalo70Lytro Camera Review: Refocusing the Future of PhotThe light field technology of the Lytro is the exciting part, so now the company just needs to find the right home for it. Until then, it’s still safe to stick with that Canon or Nikon.Digital Trends80Lytro Camera ReviewAt the moment, if it weren’t for price, the Lytro would hands-down be a worthwhile purchase for everyone even remotely interested in digital photography. But the $400 or $500 price tag, depending on storage size, is a lot to ask for.USA Today60Innovative Lytro camera lets you shoot first, focuFor now, Lytro isn't a very practical alternative for consumers who rely on camera phones and point and shoots. Seasoned photographers might throw it in their camera bags with other gear. Despite its limits, Lytro's technology is exciting and well worth focusing on.
- 64AVERAGE USER SCORE5 ReviewsEngadget Reader60January 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Lytro Light Field Camera is a very cool camera if you like to walk around taking lots of random pictures for a blog or other online media. Don't really have to worry about focus, just snap. With the latest software, perspective shift is pretty cool, still a little gimmicky but cool. The desktop software however is pretty week. The interface looks nice but playing with the pictures and exportting them out into other formats is clunky. Overall it is a fun piece of technology, it will not replace your DSLR or point and shoot. It gets a lot of attention and explaining or showing what it does to folks is pretty fun.Engadget Reader50December 24, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70June 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70April 10, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's a great technology, that holds tremendous promise. However, it's not a very practical tool, and as a toy I lost interest very quickly. Composing images was difficult because of the form factor and small screen, and the image quality dissapointed consistently. Even so, I can see how this light field photography represents the future and will be pretty killer once refined, and integrated into smartphones and more conventional tried-and-true form factors.Engadget Reader70March 15, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Initially I thought I could use this as an interesting alternative to a point & shoot camera. But that idea was smashed pretty quickly after realizing that on most shots with sufficient detail, the image quality was simply too poor. Interestingly, in images where there is not much going on (such as portraits, macro shots of objects, etc.) the quality is better. I have hope that it's just a software problem and not a limitation of the sensor or the mini-optical array. Overall, I think the camera is fun to use and forces you to take pictures differently - for better or worse. From an ergonomic point of view, the viewing angle is just horrible - this forces the shooter to be exactly in front of the LCD - which doesn't not always work or is not always desired.Otherwise, the camera is interesting - it's quick to use, it's easy to use, has an unusual form factor, and people literally stop when I take a picture with it.
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