Lytro Launches a new Depth-Aware DSLR camera
Lytro is known for its lightfield cameras. The second generation of those strage beasts is out and it is called "Illium". It is available as pre-order for US$1499, a $100 discount from the US$1599 MSSRP.
The camera outputs a maximum of 4 megapxels in 2D, but it records lighr from a scene in such a way that post-refocus and post-reframing is possible, something impossible with any of-the-shelft DSLR camera. The illium weights 940 grams (2 lbs) and has a focal length equivalent to 30-250 mm.
The Back Screen is the Only Visor
The Qualcomm screen on the back, in fact, feels just like a smartphone screen--you swipe through the controls, and touch to adjust the image--and it's the only viewfinder the Illum possesses. The screen's position can also be quickly adjusted, so that the photographer can get to harder-to-reach angles without compromising their view of the shot.
Refocus and Perspective Shift are Possible in Post
Check the interactive demo on the LYTRO pre-order page.
Software is Included
The camera is provided with the "Lytro Desktop 4.0" free application for importing, processing and interacting with living pictures from the camera. Software requires Mac OS 10.8.5 or higher or Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8. Download is possible here.
Read also the April 22, 2014 Fastcodesign paper by Margaret Rhodes about th Illium camera.