Uncountable images have been ruined by some last minute movement or a lapse in judgement. Now if only there were a way to focus the images after they had been taken, photographs could be much better. But then that demands an infinite depth that isn’t easy for lenses to capture or for a system to hold in its memory. It seems that problem can really be taken care of, and Lytro has the solution in the shape of its upcoming light-field (plenoptic) camera.
The camera does not make use of a shutter, ensuring it captures the image that was intended, not one that came in a second later, as digital cameras or any camera for that matter, are prone to do. The camera is a cuboid in shape, having sides of 1.61 inches and a length of 4.41 inches. At one end of the camera is an f/2 lens with 8x zoom, while on the other end sits a touchscreen LCD display.
The camera just has two buttons, for power and shutter. As this camera is slightly different, it does not work the usual way. Rather than talking megapixels, the Lytro talks of megarays, this particular camera working up to 11 megarays that may also be translated to 22 megapixels.
Megarays define the number of light rays that the light-field sensor captures. Since this is going to be quite memory intensive, users can store images on Lytro’s servers. Currently available for pre-order, the camera has two version, an 8GB set that costs $400, and a 16GB version that costs $500.