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Digital photography seems to be stagnating a little. Yeah there is High Dynamic Range photography, but that requires either an iPhone or some photo editing skills that are above the skills of most people. Other than that, little has changed other than megapixel ratings. Lytro aims to change that soon with their new light field camera.
What makes Lytro’s camera so special? Well imaging taking a picture and not being concerned about having to actually focus? That sounds like it may make for a bad picture. So when do you focus? You focus after. That’s right I said after. This is possible thanks to the software Lytro will include with the camera and to the light field capturing technology they are using.
You can check out some of the demos on the Lytro website. They are simply amazing and brings to mind scenes from CSI or Blade Runner.
Also, CNET’shad Lytro’s Founder and CEO Ren Ng Ph.D. on their show to talk about the camera. In that interview, Ren Ng says that the camera will be out this year and will be priced competitively for the consumer market, but no definite pricing at this time.