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Old 14th May 2012, 00:37   #1
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Came across this today:

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Lytro camera ignites a digital revolution Photos | Pictures - Yahoo! News India

A little deeper search on the topic lead to:

https://www.lytro.com/camera

The concept is really nice, where in the range of pictures that can be obtained from one click is quite amazing!

So is this the next best thing to hit the shutter bugs?

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They claim to be one the most revolutionary concepts after digital imaging.
Product concept came out from a Stanford Phd. Their first product rolled out I think end 2011. In fact they are only site I have seen, where they mention:

"If you need to know more, please refer to the Phd thesis of our CEO "

In fact I did download this and went about reading. Gives a nice over all idea if you skip the maths. It now remains to be seen how the concept is productized.
Definitely a promising technology.
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Yeah, its a nice concept.
I think this is the future - but its not a new concept.
People had been talking about capturing "video" stream and processing it digitally as and when to "capture" a specific frame - and presenting it as a picture.
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^ Oops, looks like I was not really clear with the technology, this is TRULY revolutionary!
Collecting individual rays and compiling an image is THE TECHNOLOGY of future.
It presents limitless opportunities ...
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This "camera" is more of a proof of concept.

Whats big about it is the technology - which they hope to license out to camera manufacturers.

Honestly, i think its a great feature to have -- but i don't think its going to be the (consumer) revolution they think it is. It might have some niche applications though.

What do i think the next photography revolution will be?? Sensors with a super high dynamic range! (Read as: The photos you take will be much closer to what you actually see with your eyes, no more whited-out skies or dark silhouettes and other such exposure issues).

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5 things to know about the Lytro: Lytro camera: 5 things to know before you buy | Crave - CNET

Doesn't seem very attractive right now, but pretty promising technology!
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What do i think the next photography revolution will be?? Sensors with a super high dynamic range! (Read as: The photos you take will be much closer to what you actually see with your eyes, no more whited-out skies or dark silhouettes and other such exposure issues).
Agree with the HDR part. It seems that the D 800 is setting new standards in this regard.

However, I thinkthe ability to focus after a shot has been taken is quite profound . How many shots have we missed because of the focus not being correct? At the same time, this technology will work best only if it supplements the advancements that have already been made in the field of digital photography, specially in the recent past. No point having a photo which has poor dynamic range, does not allow corrections, converts to a low resolution image,does not allow crops etc but which allows you to have variable focus points.
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This "camera" is more of a proof of concept.

Whats big about it is the technology - which they hope to license out to camera manufacturers.


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I think it is already on sale. IIRC, I got a mailer as I'd registered earlier.
R, one of the applications could be in law enforcement. Or real P&S - zip it out and click.

In fact they were in touch with Steve Jobs. Rumors that they discussed licensing.
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Agree with the HDR part. It seems that the D 800 is setting new standards in this regard.
Absolutely. I haven't done a lot of research about it (in a real world setting), but check this out :

DxOMark - Camera Sensor Ratings

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How many shots have we missed because of the focus not being correct?
For me, maybe less than 5 in my whole life?!?

The other "out of focus" ones are all camera blur.

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At the same time, this technology will work best only if it supplements the advancements that have already been made in the field of digital photography.
If it makes financial sense, sure.

However, i think the technology will find its niche application, and it will become successful due to that field. Like, for example, macro photography (where the focus depth is incredibly shallow). Imagine the ability to refocus pictures of small 3D objects like cells...

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I think it is already on sale.
Yep, it is an actual product that is on sale (or soon to be) -- but its still just been created as a proof of concept in my opinion.

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R, one of the applications could be in law enforcement.
Hmmm.. thats a true one, but at the same time there are already lenses that exist which can capture almost everything in focus for these law-enforcement type applications - so not sure it would be too successful here.

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