AMITIAE - Thursday 1 March 2012

Lytro Cameras Begin Shipping

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By Graham K. Rogers


Lytro, a company in the United States that makes an unusual camera that has an unusual way of capturing the light from an image so that the whole depth of field is used, has started shipping the camera to the first customers.

At this time the device is only available in the United States, but the information from Lytro suggests that there are plans to expand internationally at some time in the future.

There are three models available currently: the Graphite and Electric Blue which have the capacity for 350 pictures on the 8GB storage; and the Red Hot which has 16GB and will store up to 750 images. The 8GB cameras ate priced at $399, while the Red Hot (16GB) has a price tag of $499.

Full information is available via Lytro's well-made website.

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Specifications (below) are taken from the Lytro fact-sheet:

Technology Lytro Light Field Sensor and Lytro Light Field Engine 1.0
Lens 8x optical zoom; Constant f/2 lens
Controls Power button; Shutter button; Zoom slider; Touchscreen
Display 1.46 in | 33 mm back-lit LCD display with glass touchscreen
Exposure Control Tap on touchscreen to set exposure
Battery Long-life Li-Ion internal battery
File Output Light field picture file (.lfp)
Light Field Resolution 11 Megarays: the number of light rays captured by the light field sensor.
Software Includes a free desktop application for importing, processing and interacting with living pictures from the camera. It is built for Mac OS and requires Mac OS 10.6 or higher. A Windows application is in development.
Picture Output Produces HD-quality interactive, living pictures
Picture Storage Free storage for living pictures on, subject to the Terms of Use (internet access required).
Picture Viewing View and interact with living pictures on the Lytro camera as well as any supported computer, smartphone or tablet.
Light Field Engine Version 1.0. This is the software that processes light fields to produce interactive pictures. Keep watching this space!
Shell Ultra-light anodized aluminium structural skin
Grip TPSiV-Injection Silicon Rubber
E-waste RoHS certified
Weight 7.55 oz | 214 g
Dimensions 1.61 in x 1.61 in x 4.41 in | 41 mm x 41 mm x 112 mm
Included Lytro Light Field Camera; Lens cap, Cleaner Cloth; Wrist Strap; 3.28 ft | 1m Micro-USB cable for data transfer and charging
Optional Accessories Fast charger; Replacement lens cap (separate purchase required).

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.



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