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Lytro Living Pictures Camera

By: on November 29, 2012
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Shoot first, focus later. So goes the mantra to the Lytro Light Field Camera, the photography world's first "living pictures" point-and-shooter that allows users to tweak both the focus and the perspective of photos after they've taken them. In addition, the living photos don't die once they're downloaded and shared online--family and friends can continue the modification process to achieve their desired effects just like you do.

According to Lytro's manufacturer and God, the nifty oblong camera functions first by recording an image's entire light field--all the rays of light bouncing in all directions in front of the viewfinder--instead of normal flat, 2D images. This capability enables refocusing sleights of hand with simple taps of the camera's touchscreen on whatever part of the picture you want to bring into focus; once imported into your computer, mouse clicks will accomplish the same refocusing trickery. The Lytro Website includes several photos loaded and prepped for refocusing that you can dink around with to see the effects for yourself.

Lytro's second big gun, Perspecitive Shift (available beginning December 4, 2012), serves to move a photo in any direction to change the viewer's perspective of its supercalifragiawesomeness. It will work on previously captured light field photos, as well as new additions, and can be sampled along with the refocusing function on the Lytro Website.

Living Filters, also included with Lytro hardware and software, assist in creating unique, retro, or 70s porn looks.

The Lytro functions in two modes: Everyday and Creative. The former is a simple point-and-shoot method for the quick recording of life's precious, yet fleeting, memories, such as a chimpanzee hurtling a raccoon off a 30-foot boulder. The latter relinquishes more control to you anal retentives who want to dictate blur levels or hug high-zoom shots. Most Lytro cameras have 8GB memories able to record up to 350 living pictures. A Red Hot 16GB version will hold up to 750. Apparatus measurements are 4.41" long x 1.61" high x 1.61" wide. Full specs delineated here.

Muchas danke to Manny, a loyal reader who does more work around here than we do, for the product suggestion.

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