Lytro Light Field Camera Goes Live, Adds Manual Controls and Two Body Colors

As of yesterday, Lytro’s light field camera, the first ever consumer camera of its type, is available through retailers worldwide. To mark this historic date, Lytro decided to add some extras to the camera to make customers happier. First of all, the updated Lytro light field camera now features manual controls (via the touch display, of course) for things such as shutter speed and ISO. This has been dearly missed in the earlier versions. Secondly, the camera now comes in two additional colors, ‘Seaglass’ and ‘Moxy Pink’, with the latter only being available at Target stores.

In depth, the new manual controls are (from Lytro’s website):

  • Shutter Speed — By manually controlling the shutter speed, Lytro photographers can keep the shutter open longer to capture living pictures in dark conditions. The maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds and the minimum is 1/250 second.
  • ISO Sensitivity — Controlling ISO gives Lytro photographers more ways to take creative living pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, from low-light concerts and restaurants to brightly lit soccer fields and amusement parks. The ISO range is 80 (min) to 3200 (max).
  • Neutral Density (ND) Filter — When in full manual mode, Lytro photographers can turn on the ND Filter to adjust the amount of light captured in extremely bright settings.
  • Auto Exposure (AE) Lock — Lytro photographers can lock the auto exposure while changing the composition of a picture in a scene.

In addition to the new colors, Lytro introduces two new accessories for the light field camera. The first is a camera case made of technical, coated canvas and lined with soft microfiber, including a removable bucket to hold several camera accessories. The second is a camera sleeve meant for everday use. It, too is made of technical, coated canvas and soft microfiber and it comes with a matching wrist strap.

The Lytro light field camera comes with 8 GB of internal storage and retails for US-$ 399, except for the red version which comes with 16 GB storage and retails for US-$ 499. The camera case can be had for US-$ 59.95, while the camera sleeve comes in at US-$ 29.95. All items can be purchased from Lytro’s own webstore or from a Lytro carrying retailer of your choice.

If you want to learn more about the technology and physics behind the light field camera, this Wikipedia article is a good starting point for further research.

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