Monday, October 24, 2011

Lytro unveiled World’s First Light Field Camera

Lytro reveals a new type of camera capable of capturing all the rays of light in a scene rather than focused “pixels” like others. It enables you to capture a scene just as you see it and then focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture.

The working is as follows,it utilizes a “11 Megarays” light field sensor that collects the color, intensity, and the direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, capturing a scene in four dimensions, and then save all this information in HD-quality interactive, living pictures (.lfp format) on the internal memory. The sensor is combined with a special light field engine that allows refocusing of the pictures directly on the camera.

Sharing the captured image is an easy thing, the light field engine associated with each picture helps this with any device, including web browsers, mobile phones, and tablets, without the need of downloading any special software. The company also promises that will release a special light field algorithms that will allow viewing of the pictures in 3D and to enable viewers to shift the perspective of the scene.

The camera measures 41 mm x 41 mm x 112 mm and has an extruded anodized aluminum casing which packs 8x optical zoom and f/2 lens, and has just two buttons — power and shutter. On the back it is equipped with 1.46-inch back-lit LCD touchscreen display that lets you view your captured pictures and re-focus directly on the camera.

The Lytro camera is available in two models, a 8GB (in Electric Blue or Graphitecolors) which will cost you $399 and can store 350 pictures, and a 16GB (Red Hot) model for $499 that can hold 750 pictures. The cameras are now available for pre-orders and will ship in early 2012.

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