"Light field" digital camera

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Create pictures that are worth exploring.

You'll never think about pictures the same way. The Lytro camera lets you create living pictures that you can endlessly refocus after you take them. Share your pictures online, and your friends can instantly refocus them just like you do. Your pictures are about to surprise you — and everyone else.

See the light. All of it.

The Lytro camera lets you capture and share what you see in a whole new way. It’s the first consumer camera that records the entire light field — all the rays of light traveling in every direction through a scene — instead of a flat 2D image. And that changes everything.

Shoot now. Focus… whenever.

By capturing the light field, you can do incredible things. Like refocus pictures after you take them. Tap the touchscreen on whatever part of the picture you want to bring into focus — or, once a picture is imported into your computer, click to refocus.

Do more than tell a story. Recreate it.

Refocus to discover new elements within the scene and move the picture in any direction to change your perspective. Use Living Filters to create a unique look. Now every picture you take is a chance to tell a new kind of story.

Too much fun to keep to yourself.

The free Lytro Desktop lets you import your living pictures to your computer. Then, easily share them to the web, Facebook, Twitter, and more, so your friends can refocus and shift perspective with the pictures. Your pictures are going to be very popular.

Make the impossible possible. Change your perspective.

Lytro’s newest light field capability, Perspective Shift, allows you to interactively change your point of view in a picture, after you’ve taken the picture. On a computer or mobile device, you can shift the living picture in any direction; left, right, up, down and all around. Perspective Shift will be available starting December 4 and works on light field pictures you’ve previously taken and with any new pictures you take. Change your perspective and see the moment come alive.

See more pictures in Perspective Shift

Looks like no other camera looks. Does what no other camera does. The Lytro camera is built around revolutionary technology that captures and processes the entire light field. So it’s no surprise that it’s radically different, inside and out.

Aluminum housing The anodized aluminum housing makes the camera strong yet lightweight. It’s also available in five beautiful colors.*

Grip Easy to hold, precision-tooled silicone enables you to effortlessly shoot with one hand or with two.

Shutter button No autofocus means none of the shutter delay that comes with it. Instantly capture a shot before the moment is gone.

Slider Running your fingertip across the slider controls the optical zoom.

Touchscreen You control most of the camera functions with a tap or a swipe. And the backlit display lets you compose, review, and refocus your pictures

Lens An 8x optical zoom lens with a constant f/2 aperture offers a wide range of creative shots.

Light field sensor We joined a micro-lens array to a digital image sensor to capture the color, intensity, and direction of light entering the camera — 11 million light rays to be precise.

Light field engine This is where the magic happens. The Light Field Engine processes the light rays captured by the sensor, so you can view it on the screen and refocus with a tap.

Create pictures that wow The Lytro camera gives you two ways to create living pictures. In Everyday Mode, with just the simple press of the shutter button, you’ll capture life’s great moments and each day’s priceless expressions.

In Creative Mode, you control the blur in the scene with just a tap. You can create amazing pictures like those with refocus between a small flower and a mountain range or along the legs of an ant crawling on the lens. You can also capture high zoom shots and compose dramatic portraits. You’ll never look at pictures the same way.

Take control of your scene The Lytro camera now gives you more control over the light in the scene with the addition of Manual Controls. Set shutter speed and ISO through simple access of the controls from the camera’s touchscreen. Use Manual Controls to capture pictures like light painting shots with dramatic refocus and living pictures in motion.

The ISO range is 80 (min) to 3200 (max), and the minimum shutter speed is 1/250. You can also lock exposure and control the ND filter.

Enhance your pictures with Living Filters Try out a new way to play with living pictures with nine interactive filters. Living Filters responds to every click to show off your unique style and imagination. Wow your friends as they play with a Mosaic of your living picture by clicking within the scene. Give an evening shot more drama with the Film Noir filter. Or, use the Carnival filter to let friends twist the scene. Living Filters increases the fun in your light field pictures — including pictures you’ve previously taken.

From your camera to your computer to your world. Get ready to share.

Import your pictures to your computer with the free Lytro Desktop application and they’ll be ready to refocus, sort, and share. Connect the camera using the micro-USB cable and importing starts instantly. You can easily arrange your pictures by date, organize them into stories, or star your favorites. And when you’re ready to share with friends or family, Lytro Desktop makes that just as simple.

Works with both Mac and Windows.

Lytro Desktop works with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, Windows 7 (64-bit only), and Windows 8 (64-bit only). See the complete system requirements.

Sharing is good.

With a couple of clicks, you can post to your own personal page on Lytro Web, where your pictures will be stored for free subject to Terms of Use. You can also have Lytro Desktop automatically post to Facebook at the same time. Any picture you’ve posted can be shared on Twitter, Google+, or your blog — or you can send friends an email that links back to it.

Your pictures are in for a lot of clicks. And taps.

When friends check out the pictures you’ve shared, they get to explore them the same way you do. They can refocus again and again just by clicking or tapping. It doesn’t matter whether they’re using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. And they don’t need any special software. It’s just like looking at ordinary pictures. Except a lot more fun.


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    Some "perspective" on Lytro

    March 15, 2013 by Courtney Svajian Recommended

    Before trying Lytro, I played around with the pictures on the site and looked at some of the reviews. The product definitely lived up to my expectations.

    I wasn't sure how Lytro would fit into my uses for a camera. With two young kids, I'm the family cameraman. I usually tote around a DSLR and what I found was that Lytro replaced my DSLR.

    The only drawback would be that in order to take advantage of perspective shift, you need to process the images after they've imported. This can take some time. I wasn't crazy about that.

    Overall, I'd definitely recommend Lytro as a DSLR replacement. Thumbs up!

    Sharon Shafran 06/16/13


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    I wanted to love it.

    April 19, 2013 by Stephen Svajian Neutral

    Unfortunately, I can’t give this product a good review. I’d been reading about Lytro since before the product launched, which perhaps led to slightly heightened expectations. However, I think the execution of Lytro leaves a lot to be desired.

    The idea behind Lytro is that you can take one picture and then adjust the image post-snap. I was excited about that idea, but disappointed by the execution and how it works as a practical matter. Here are the pros and cons:


    • “Light-field technology is cool.

    • The packaging is nice and makes you feel like you’ve received something substantial.


    • The form-factor is a bit weird. It’s basically like a big cigar. So, if you don’t carry a purse, backpack, etc., it’s a bit awkward to tote around.

    • The use case. I don’t really have a use case for this product. In theory, playing with photos after the fact is cool. In practice, I don’t need to do this. Every once in a while one of the shots is blurry, but for the most part it’s so easy to take multiple photos that this isn’t an issue.

    • The processing of images after the fact. I have a pretty powerful computer and my machine had a tough time processing images using the Lytro software. I was surprised that I couldn’t just take a photo and then pop it on my machine and play around with refocusing.

    I didn’t give this a full thumbs down because there may be a use case for this product that I just don’t fit. However, I’m not a fan. I don’t have a need for this and am disappointed with the execution of the consumer product.

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    Great tech, device not very useful.

    April 26, 2013 by Christopher Stumph Neutral

    It's hard to say it better than the title. given the functionality it offers, I can't really imagine justifying the purchase. The refocusing is cool, but the pictures do not compare in quality to my DSLR. The pictures can be shared on social media via an embeddable widget, which is cool, but kind of unfortunate since it limits where/how you can share the images. Understandable, though still a downside. You also have to process the images, which takes up time and more hard drive space.

    All that said, the camera does work well and is easy to use. The tiny touchscreen was really novel when I discovered it was in fact a functional touchscreen. All in all, I'd REALLY love to see this tech as a feature in DSLR cameras, but I would not recommend buying this unless you are very interested in the lightfield technology.