The Lytro

I want one of these! The thought of being able to take a quick picture somewhere and then worry about actually sorting out the focus later on seems like a gimmick or a way out of taking proper photos to me, but that’s probably why I like it.

I’ve been following these lightfield cameras loosely recently after they did a piece about them on BBC News, such a brilliant idea for the casual photographer. You also get the added benefit of being able to spend a lot of time going over shots you’ve taken and re composing them. Check out some of the demos below.

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Just click around in these demo images to see what can be achieved. I’m pretty sure we are going to see some fantastic new shots popping up soon and I’m also anticipating someone taking this flexibility and concept even further.

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This shot of a spider on his web is incredible it really shows the depth of focus you can achieve with this camera.

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So by just using a bit of software with this camera you can in reality end up with multiple pictures from each shot you take. Might also help with the occasional drunkenly snapped photo album too, usually a horrible blurfest.

Unfortunately the Lytro isn’t due out until early 2012 and even more unfortunate is the fact that currently it’s only going to be available in the U.S. You can read more and also see many more demo shots at the Lytro website.

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