If you have ever used the background-defocus feature on your camera to image a blurry background with a clear subject as the focal point, then you probably understand the art of defocusing. The Lytro light field camera is a very interesting camera lets you capture multiple focal points and it allows users to refocus the picture after the shot has been taken. Take this picture of a squirrel as an example, take your cursor and click on the background and see it refocus. Pretty neat huh?
This technology is made possible by a Light-Field Engine. The Light Field Engine travels with every living picture as it is shared, letting you refocus pictures right on the camera, on your desktop and online. The Lytro camera has a 8X optical zoom, f/2 aperture lens and the aperture is constant across the zoom range allowing for unheard of light capture.
This uniquely designed camera come in rectangular blocks that measures 4.4 inches long and 1.6 inches wide. Opposite of the lens is a small LCD screen along with power and shutter buttons. There's also an USB port for easy data transfer. It's a little disappointing to not see a microSD slot as most cameras do have that expansion port. The are 2 storage options 8 GB (350 pictures) and 16 GB (750 pictures) that roughly equals 26 MB per photo, not bad. Below are some more images taken by the Lytro camera.
Lytro Camera Release Date: March 2012
Lytro Camera Price: $399 (8GB) - $499 (16GB)