For Camera Buffs

Submitted by: activitie 5 years ago Tech

No more out of focus pictures. The Lytro camera.
There are 36 comments:
Male 15,510
I really want to know how that works
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Male 11,740
suh-weet!!! I`ll take one please!
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Male 540
Camera buffs already know how to focus before shooting.
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Male 4
am I the only one who hears some ugly high noise while the guy is talking? it`s killing me...
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Male 878
Is the design a case of "form follows function?" I`m fine with it looking like the sawn off leg of a canteen chair, but how does this aid ease-of-use?
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Male 1,832
For $400 they could have at least made it look cool.
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Male 28
"Yes, it`s all artificial blur effect. It`s a focus free (hyperfocally focussed large depth of field)"

It is not hyperfocal, inside is an array of lens like the eye of a fly which captures multiple planes of focus, then you can use that data to generate the artificial blur.
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Male 14,774
"Wow so you select your "focal point" and it simply applies a blur effect to everything else. That`s so not amazing."

Yes, it`s all artificial blur effect. It`s a focus free (hyperfocally focussed large depth of field) lens at fixed f/2.2 combined with a small sensor combined with post processed blur effect. It`s not real bokeh. Buy a cheap camera with a small sensor and you can do the same in Photoshop or a freeware equivalent.

One problem with having a fixed aperture is having light limitations - if it really is fixed f/2.2 good luck shooting in bright light.

The only cool thing about this camera is the way it forms a depth bump map to progressively defocus the image, but unless you are a tech head, or are easily impressed there`s no point to it.
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Male 14,774
It is new technology, but it achieves nothing you couldn`t do in camera and the implementation is bad.
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Female 408
uh what about a socket for a tripod for steadier shots? The shape seems odd to hold. It looks cool though. I don`t like it, but hey I`m not a photographer
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Male 1,442
"Ooooo... getting rid of artistic touch! Oh no!" You can still use old models just becuase there is new stuff... unless your kind who of person who throws their old iPhone out the window when the next model is released.
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Male 4,004
The Lonious

It takes a picture without needing to focus. I`m sure there is a setting somewhere to put everything into focus. I don`t know how close-up it will keep it`s focus on however, nothing remotely close to the insect pictures on wikipedia I`m sure, nor does it seem to capture color as well as a professional camera, but with its simplicity, it does a damn good job.

The turn off for me is the awkward shape and size, not exactly the most stable design. I wouldn`t want a wedding photographer to show up with this thing.
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Male 3,310
Wow so you select your "focal point" and it simply applies a blur effect to everything else. That`s so not amazing.
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Male 688
My camera takes a picture, in these pictures there is never anything blurry, EVER.

If you take a picture and half of it or things in the background is blurry, your camera is junk.

No big deal for this new tech.
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Male 914
"Personally, I love focusing my camera at the shot; sure it means that fast-pased or one-time things can`t actually be repeated it`s not as reliable - but I doubt that this will be avalible to the public just yet, or if it does itw ill cost a lot - even good cameras today can run up to a few hundred."

Canon`s "good" camera, the 5DM2, costs near 3000. More if a lens is included.
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Male 79
Holy poo :D
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Female 2,674
Awesome! Ugly design for that camera, though.
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Male 13
flippin` amazing! Some smart guys behind this one
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Male 1,083
@codydaniel -very true and wow there are a lot of people who think software can just do this...
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Male 34
All who`re saying this isn`t new tech; this camera uses a set of micro lenses over an extremely large sensor array which allows reconstruction of all focal lengths. Which is really new, bleeding edge really (and I work in the optics industry!)
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Male 2,551
Personally, I love focusing my camera at the shot; sure it means that fast-pased or one-time things can`t actually be repeated it`s not as reliable - but I doubt that this will be avalible to the public just yet, or if it does itw ill cost a lot - even good cameras today can run up to a few hundred.
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Male 3,285
No we are impressed, but its nothing new. Its basically a regular camera with better CPU , and the software is what does the processing.
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Female 1,566
I feel like most of the people seeing this, slightly put off at the point and shoot and SUDDENLY perfect photography! but it`s too cool to not be impressive.
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Male 464
Awesome technology, but crappy camera. How are you meant to aim that thing? And also, as other people have said, it removes personal touches and a certain amount of skill from the whole process.
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Male 1,582
I like it.
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Male 3,285
More hipster gear. When its the software that does the actual work, and not the camera.
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Male 1,083
I like the technology/application, but could they make it a little more ergonomic
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Male 5,013
This is the R.I.P of the artistic and personal touch in the world of photo, so sad. We will have excellent photos from the technique point of view but they will be without soul. Oh and the design is so stupid cause is really far to be confortable for an ergonomic and steady capture.
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Male 2,422
I so need that.
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Male 25,416
That is awesome
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Male 2,586
WANTS!!!
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Male 683
THATS AMAZING.
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Male 6,737
Looks awesome. Do want!
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Male 2,544
very cool...i`ll wait a few years till its on my phone to get one tho
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Female 355
the photographer in me is a little annoyed by this, but the editor in me is delighted.
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Male 18
Link: For Camera Buffs [Rate Link] - No more out of focus pictures. The Lytro camera.
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