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Last Edited by ShengD September 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM
Edit 2016-09-11: The price has now fallen again to $314. This is certainly a new 'lowest price' for this camera.


If you are unfamiliar with the Lytro Illum camera, here's an early review: Link [theverge.com]

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Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future


It's almost time to forget everything you ever knew about photography. Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I'm throwing out everything I've ever learned about photography. Taking great photos with this camera has a different set of rules, a different guiding principle. Forget the rule of thirds; shoot for depth. Frame from below, because it makes everything look more dramatic. And most of all, stop half-pressing the damn shutter and expecting something to happen. Focusing doesn't matter anymore...
Things to note:
  • Lytro cameras use a very innovative type of sensor to collect 'light fields' rather than a planar image. The resulting images have the unique ability to change focus after taking the shot. This is something very unusual compared to traditional SLR cameras.
  • Due to it's unusual capabilities, the traditional 'rules' of photography need not apply. This platform is ideal for experimenting with new types of images.
  • The Illum is a much more refined version of the original Lytro camera, with higher resolution and build quality.
  • Lytro has exited the consumer camera market for now, so do not expect software or hardware upgrades to this model. Also, don't anticipate support from Lytro directly. You are getting a very good price for a unique piece of kit, but expect to be on your own.
  • The price of this camera was originally $1500 two years ago. So picking it up for $329 is a steal for the right kind of buyer. Again, refer to the caveat above.
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good price bad reviews.
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This needs to drop below $200 to become a deal. It's been in this price range for a long time.
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good price bad reviews.
The early review were mixed, not 'bad'. Essentially, this is an entirely new type of camera which takes time and experience to master. However, it did originally ship with some less-than-perfect firmware and software. Lytro pushed a major update last summer, addressing many of the early problems. So now, the offering is quite a bit more capable than when first launched.


Firmware Update Review: Link [dpreview.com]


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Lytro has introduced updates for its ILLUM light field camera and desktop software. ILLUM 2.0 provides an almost generational leap for the camera itself, providing a re-designed user interface and making it possible to view and interact with full living pictures in camera. You can now view living images on the camera the same way you would view them embedded in web pages and on the desktop software. Full with aperture preview as well, ranging from F1.0 to F16. And in case you've forgotten some of our earlier coverage of the Illum, F1.0 gets you 30-250mm F3.2 full-frame equivalent lens performance with respect to depth-of-field.


The update also speeds up auto focus by using phase detection rather than relying on contrast detection. That's right, if you already own an Illum, you just got a free upgrade to a totally new autofocus system. And the way to think about it is this: that ability was always there, because of how rich the light field is in data. We feel comfortable saying you can expect even more cool features to be 'unlocked' over time - like focus spread [dpreview.com], introduced by the company to the Lytro Desktop software back in December.


Speaking of the living picture editor Lytro Desktop, it also sees an update, and version 4.3 speeds up processing and makes it possible to export images to Photoshop as layers for editing. Functionality is improved so photographers should have a seamless experience with Photoshop, applying edits just as they would do normal images. Desktop 4.3 also offers depth map editing, and provides new output options such as stereoscopic 3D animations and lenticular printing. These output options work well with existing stereoscopic implementations, like Google Cardboard. Both updates are available now for free. We'll be following up on this news with an analysis and sit-down with CEO Jason Rosenthal, but for now, visit Lytro.com for more information.
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yeah it is a brand new type of photography where you can focus after taking a picture, i would love to play around with it but i still think its not ready for main stream.
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as I recall, exporting is limited to to something like HD specs.

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found it on their site:
"2D output resolution of 2450 x 1634 dependent on crop"

not bad I suppose if you're displaying on a monitor but for printing, that's like an 8x5.5

here's a good review:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/lytro-illum-v2-professional-light-field-camera-review-26434

i think I might actually be in for one of these!
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Just a quick update for those who may be on the fence. The price just fell another $15, making the total $314 (with free shipping).
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$293 like new at Amazon Warehouse
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Quote from ShengD View Post :
Just a quick update for those who may be on the fence. The price just fell another $15, making the total $314 (with free shipping).
This has been dropping steadily since Lytro announced that they are essentially folding up shop. They have abandoned the consumer market and are redirecting their remaining resources to try to produce a professional camera for VR. So this is an abandoned product and the price will continue to drop. The Illum leftovers in the Valley were sold off for $150. This won't really be a deal until the price hits that level. The focusing effects were already easy to duplicate using an existing camera by taking multiple shots. Other cameras have made it trivially easy by having multi-focus modes such as focus bracketing. They take a rapid burst of shots at different focus points which also allow you to "refocus" or stack them to make a wide DOF shot from a series of shallow DOF images.

For those unfamiliar with this camera and tempted to buy. If you want a camera for everyday use or to take pictures of the kids. This is NOT the camera for you. It's a specialized camera and more a exploration of technology than anything else. It does not take video, it does not work very well in less than bright light such as indoors, the quality of the pictures you'll get out of it are probably going to be worse than the smartphone in your pocket.

If you are someone tinkering AKA researching with how to post process lightfields in novel ways, then this is the camera to get to gather data to work with.
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