The new Lytro Illum is based on a technology that redefines the process of image making as we know and explores entirely new avenues in photography.
We wrote about Lytro’s first light-field camera back in 2011. Now it’s time to check back where they took this concept.
If you follow technology blogs I’m sure you already read about the Lytro Illum. In depth about the light-field technology, the design, it’s weight, price and so forth. So we spare you from these details and focus on the essence and potential of it.
In short, Lytro’s approach to photography is to capture as much data from the field of light as possible — instead of focussing on one particular setup to capture the moment. The multi-dimensional image is captured with an array of micro-lenses. This wealth of data then get’s translated to an interactive ‘image-scape’ where you can redefine the focus freely, as many times you want.
What Lytho does is like capturing a broader aspect of visual reality so you can craft your shot after taking the photo. It is closer to preserve something in the way we perceive with our eyes.
Although back in 2011 we were enthusiastic about this innovative approach, the first Lytro camera was more like a funky toy to experiment with this technology. The new Lytro Illum however takes light-field method to the next level.
With this more advanced camera you can not only play with the focus, you can adjust the perspective of the image after it is captured! This brings a whole new dimension to the concept. Literally.
But don’t just take our word for it, have a play with the embedded interactive images here (second image, after the video) and see it for yourself.
Although the Illum is a significant improvement on the previous model, we are still more fascinated with the concept and technology behind it. I’m convinced that light-field image capturing has huge potential and certainly opens new Frontiers in photography. Imagine producing movies in 3D with only one camera, or have a microscope equipped with this technology for example … We are excited to follow up again in a couple of years.
See more details about the Lytro Illum here.
Image source: www.lytro.com/