Lytro, Re-Focus Images Whenever You Like

What we have here is one of those technological breakthroughs which could literally change the photography industry and they way we take pictures. Lytro is a brand new camera which literally enables you to change the focal point of an image. Meaning you can take a picture from months back and change where you actually want the picture to be focused.

The Science Behind It

The camera is a light field camera. Light field cameras capture the actual light rays which come into the lens, about 11 million rays. The lens is a f/2 aperture lens and has 8x optical zoom. Then at the back of the camera, Lytro have feature they call the “Light Field Engine 1.0”. This engine, in simple terms, is where all the processing happens and translates those 11 million light rays into digital files for use on computers and what not.

Because there is no auto-focus motor like cameras have today, there is no shutter lag. Once you press the button you capture the picture instantly. It also has instant power on so the camera boots up super fast, you’ll never miss that crucial shot ever again.

There is a nice little 1.46-inch multi-touch screen on the back and the camera is wrapped in anodized aluminium.

Also you will need a Mac to import the special file types which the camera outputs. The file type is Light Field Picture (.lfp). Windows support is coming soon they say.


  • Price – 16 GB for$499 | 8GB for $399
  • Color – Red Hot, Graphite, Electric Blue
  • Storage – 750 Pictures – 16GB | 350 Pictures – 8GB
  • Storage Type – Internal flash drive.
  • Technology – Lytro Light Field Sensor and Lytro Light Field Engine 1.0.
  • Lens – 8x optical zoom; Constant f/2 lens.
  • Controls – Power button: Shutter button; Zoom slider; Touchscreen.
  • Display – 1.46 in | 33 mm back-lit LCD display with glass touchscreen.
  • Exposure – Tap on touchscreen to set exposure.
  • Battery – Long-life Li-Ion internal battery.
  • File Output – Light field picture file (.lfp).
  • Light Field Resolution – 11 Megarays: the number of light rays captured by the light field sensor.
  • Software – Includes a free desktop application for importing, processing and interacting with living pictures from the camera. It is built for Mac OS and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A Windows application is in development.
  • Picture Output – Produces HD-quality interactive, living pictures.
  • Picture Storage – Free storage for living pictures on, subject to the Terms of Use. (Internet access required)
  • Picture Viewing – View and interact with living pictures on the Lytro camera as well as any internet-connected computer, smartphone or tablet supported.
  • Light Field Engine – Version 1.0. This is the software that processes light fields to produce interactive pictures. Keep watching this space!
  • Shell – Ultra-light anodized aluminum structural skin.
  • Grip – TPSiV-Injection Silicon Rubber.
  • Weight 7.55 oz | 214 g
  • Dimensions – 1.61 in x 1.61 in x 4.41 in | 41 mm x 41 mm x 112 mm
  • Included – Lytro Light Field Camera; Lens cap; Cleaner Cloth; Wrist Strap; 3.28 ft | 1 m Micro-USB cable for data transfer and charging.
  • Optional Accessories Fast charger; Replacement lens cap. (Separate purchase required)

How much is it and where can I get one?

The camera is available from $399 for 8GB and $499 for 16GB. Cheaper than a lot of DSLR’s but obviously not as feature packed. Unfortunately it isn’t out yet, it’s coming in 2012 and is only available in America at the moment.

You can try the software yourself below:

If you want to pre-order one you can head over to their site, link below. I know I’ll be ordering one once they are available in the UK.

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