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PhilD

Lytro

What is this witchcraft?

https://www.lytro.com/mobile/camera

I have been wondering why digital cameras still look like film cameras when the size of the electrical gubbins inside means they could be more adventurous.
Twelfth Monkey

I'd never heard of these before last month's Focus, which has a piece on how they work.  PM me if you want a scanned copy via email.
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
I'd never heard of these before last month's Focus, which has a piece on how they work.  PM me if you want a scanned copy via email.


You can explain it to me if you like!
Michael

That's brilliant! Never seen that before, can you buy them in the UK?
Twelfth Monkey

I don't think I can!  Waaaay too clever.  I didn't fully understand it, I confess.  If I remember I'll find it in the office tomorrow and see if I can force it into the grey cells.
PhilD

It seems to contradict everything I know about how photography works and sounds more like something out of the Matrix!

Looks brilliant though!
Martin

That is fantastic, very clever indeed.
woof woof

This technology has been around for some time. There are a number of Wiki pages that are easy to read...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plenoptic_camera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lytro

Note that the Lytro produces quite small images compared to an ordinary digital camera.
DarthBalls

The Lytro isn't cheap considering the small image sizes, 300-400 dollars in the US and they have been released with many features 'still be released' as firmware updates. Very interesting though. They showed one very briefly on the Gadget Show and Popular Photography did a 'first look' review a couple of months ago. It kind of reads like they are essentially selling an unfinished product.
simonp

As it only works with Macs at the moment, I'd say it was very unfinished!
Humphrey The Pug

I'm confused what exactly does it do that a conventional camera doesn't, from what I can see it just takes good quality photos?
TreVoR

I was until I saw the Gadget Show. Basically you can choose the focus point of any photo after it has been taken.
Humphrey The Pug

Thanks, is the Gadget Show back on?
TreVoR

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Thanks, is the Gadget Show back on?


Not sure. I am at a friend's and it was some point this morning so will have been a repeat.
cbeaks1

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Thanks, is the Gadget Show back on?


Mondays at 8. World tour with Jason and Polly.
simonp

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I'm confused what exactly does it do that a conventional camera doesn't, from what I can see it just takes good quality photos?


Look at the photos on their website and then click anywhere on them to refocus it...
Humphrey The Pug

simonp wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I'm confused what exactly does it do that a conventional camera doesn't, from what I can see it just takes good quality photos?


Look at the photos on their website and then click anywhere on them to refocus it...


Oh yeahh, clever stuff.

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