Lytro introduced its original camera two years ago, and with it light field technology: being able to shoot one picture that can be refocused to create several new angles and other pictures. Fast forward to 2014, and Lytro has a new professional-grade camera with software.
The new $1,600 Illum camera. shipping in July, is like a high-end DSLR and computer rolled into one sleek and futuristic package: there’s a 40-megaray light field sensor (which is untranslatable to a more standard megapixel number), 8x optical zoom range, and high-speed shutter, with a lens that can capture a wide variety of subjects, include the ones very, very close to it.
The control interface is all done through the touchscreen: tapping on where you want to focus and hitting the shutter button — voila, the image is taken. It’s an incredibly futuristic take on what photography could become for the masses and the pro-photographer, and Lytro seems to be leading that charge.