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Lytro’s “Light Field” Camera Available for Pre-order

 

Back in June, I was excited about the idea of so-called “light field” photography – a  digital raster process that captures not only intensity and color for each pixel, but also the direction of inbound light.  The upshot?  So-called “light field” cameras actually record a vector field for each image that allows software ray-tracing to produce images of the scene arbitrarily focused at any depth, including infinite.

I’m still excited about that idea, and I thought it was worth mentioning that the first commercial devices produced by the inventor’s start-up are now available for pre-order, with shipping expected in 2012.  I am a late adopter, by nature, and it’s extremely unlikely I’ll be plunking down the $400 Lytro is asking for its 8GB model, sight unseen.  For me, at least, the focus-later feature doesn’t justify that kind of expense.   I hope they make it, though, so I can eventually buy a cheaper model.  And I’ll be very curious when the reviews start coming out.   [Thanks, Laura!]

 

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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