Digital Picture Taking- The all new Lytro Camera

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The First Digital Light Field Camera


As a photographer, I know there is nothing more frustrating than taking the perfect picture, and learning that it wasn’t so perfect after all-because it wasn’t in focus. This no longer has to be the case, because there is now a camera that has infinite focus, which you may change with the touch of a button or a touch to the touch screen. Confused? Don’t be, let me now introduce the coolest little camera, it may not look like much, but will soon be changing the way that we take pictures and capture memories.


The Lytro Camera is the first, light field camera. The big difference is the software inside of the camera that does not require you to focus on your subject before you take the photo. The camera itself has built in memory, which is a positive and a negative, depending on how you look at it. It is a positive, because you do not have to worry about buying an additional memory card. The negative is: if you fill up the internal memory, you need to either erase or download what you have onto your computer, because you cannot add any additional memory to the camera.


What is your area of focus?

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Cool Features- Sure to give you a new focus on digital

Now, let’s get back to the cool part of the camera…the infinite focus feature. What this means for those un-perfect-unfocused pictures is... there will no longer be a picture deleted because of the focus being off. How? Let me explain. The software within the camera automatically loads to your desktop or laptop. Once you open a picture within the editing tool, you can choose your focus frame. This is really cool, because what it means is you can literally make the same photo into multiple photos with different areas of focus.

Some additional cool and innovative features on this camera are the touch screen that allow you to interact with the pictures, just as you would from your computer. The specs within the camera include an 8x Optical Zoom (yes, I said optical-not digital), an F2 constant aperture and an instant shutter along with the light field sensor that captures all the light information from every part of your photo, which is what makes this so unique.

Okay, that is enough of my explanation. What I really wanted to do is show you this video I came across on YouTube; it is the product review from CNET, on the innovative and new Lytro Camera. I am buying this one for sure, so I will let you know if I have any complaints or additional praise on this. Thank you for reading and I hope you take the time to watch the CNET review of the Lytro Camera, scheduled to start shipping out this year.

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Product Overview of the Lytro Camera from CNET

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

This is amazing! I may need to get one of these (someone please protect me from myself here!). I love the size, and the versatile use it offers. I wonder if you can connect it via the iPad in some way - all it would take would be the iPad connection at the download end of it. I don't always carry my computer around, but I'd sure have a mobile device with me.

FYI - It looks like this was done at SXSW at the Interactive show. I need to go to that next year.

Great information - thank you! Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. And SHARED!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Oh wow. First, it makes me wonder where we go from here, then how do I decide whether to buy this one or wait until next year's model??? It is amazing--thanks for highlighting for us here!


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TrahnTheMan 4 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

Wow. I remember reading about these little guys. Thanks for the info!


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Great concept and one which would fit well into a backpack. Will be watching for this one for certain... Thanks for the intro to it.

Hugs from Canada


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

I'm in love! I hope this thing is as rugged as it looks at first glance. If so, it'll be the perfect camera to take backpacking, to get both close-ups and long shots.

Thanks for the review.


Charles Hilton 4 years ago

They would make great gifts, as well as one for myself.

As is the case with most electronics, it's probably best to purchase one in the second year of production after they've debugged the kinks out of the original version.

Excellent hub!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This sure looks like a useful addition. The 8X optical zoom and the fact that no picture can go out of focus should make it a instant seller. Reminds me of the box cameras of the olden days.

Interesting video.

voted up, useful, awesome and SHARED.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Interesting! Thanks for the info. I wonder if it will be expensive? Did I miss that? Voted up, interesting, awesome! I've been wanting a better camera. Seems I'm always out of focus!


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

The concept looks very interesting. I am not so sure of the appearance as it looks quite different. However, if it does what it says it does; I am all for it. The fact that you can control the focus from your desktop is great news.

I still hope that it makes taking photos fun. Many professionals spend time focusing on the subject. When you take that away; you do take away a lot of what photography is all about. Then again, its innovation the rest of us can appreciate. Thanks for sharing.


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

Thanks for the tips..


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Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

Very interesting hub about an innovative product. I would love to try out this new camera!


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kwade tweeling 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for sharing. That looks amazing. I will be getting one as soon as possible.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Marcy- I am with you, I need to go next year as well... I have been in such a daze these past few months, I wasnt even aware it was going on, lol. I too am wanting to get one of these cool little camera's... i cant help it, it must be a camera thing or something- but this is on the top of my list, lol


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

RTalloni- I know exactly what you mean, technology and all the innovation in the world today are truly becoming so much that it is frightening at times... We are going to out-invent ourselves into extinction if we are not careful...but I still want the camera ;)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

trahntheman- you are welcome- thank you for reading and for commenting, I appreciate it :)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Rolly A Chabot- this is a take anywhere camera, that looks as if it is going to have great outcomes regardless of your skill and level regarding photography.... Thanks for commenting, if you get one before I do- let me know how it works :)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Healthy Pursuits- that is how I felt when I first saw it, lol... I can not wait to get one and really see what it can do... thanks for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate the feedback :)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

rajan jolly, lol- i love those old box cameras... I actually have one along with the flash...of course i do not use it-but i would if i could


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Victoria Lynn, Thanks for the comment, my pleasure to provide some information on this one. From what I understand they should all be under $500...which is not too bad considering what everything else costs these days


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

jeyaramd- ME TOO! if it isnt fun, i wont even bother... fingers crossed and hoping this one is a great one. Thanks for the comment!


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Capedium, No problem... :) Thanks for the comment.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Vanderleelie- Me too... if you get to try it before I do, please let me know what you think... Thanks for the comment and for reading this hub, I appreciate the feedback


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Kwade tweeling, No problem. I was like a kid in the candy store when I saw this one and wanted to share my excitement, lol Thanks for reading and watching!


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zeke2100 4 years ago

The only downside is that the Lytro Camera software is only available for Apple users at this time. It will be more accessible to everyone else, when they are compatible with PC's.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

zeke2100- hmmm? I thought it was available for both? Maybe I was mistaken, I will have to check... Thanks for the insight :)


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Ausemade 4 years ago from Australia

I want one... it will make up for all those out of focus photos I have...


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Ausemade- Thank you again for taking the time to read and to comment... I want one too... sooner or later i will get it...I am interested to see how it preforms overall.

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