One of the most frustrating things that could happen to a photographer is to discover that the subject is out of focus. That’s no longer a problem with the Lytro Illum camera, since it enables people to adjust the depth of field after taking the photo.
While dSLR and mirrorless camera makers focus on increasing the resolution and decreasing focus speeds, Lytro thought it could revolutionize photography in a different way. Back in 2014, the company launched the second generation of Illum, the camera that can record the direction of light rays and generate images that can be refocused at a later point in time.
With Illum, Lytro introduced a concept called “living pictures,” which they advertised with a clip about a party. On such occasions, timing is of the essence, and it’s not always possible to get the right subject in focus. Well, that’s how it used to be, since Lytro Illum enables you to change perspective within or even view the photos in 3D. Best of all, the change of perspective can also be done in post-production, so you can end up with multiple photos of the same friends, with the focus each time on someone else.
Lytro Illum doesn’t change everything you ever knew about photography, so you’ll still encounter such familiar concepts as auto focus and exposure mode.
If you’re interested in the technical specs of the camera, they are as follows:
- Dimensions: 3.4”L x 5.7”W x 6.5”H
2.07 lb (without battery)
2.27 lb (with battery)
- Snapdragon 801 Image Processor
- Focal length: 9.5-77.8mm (30 – 250mm equivalent)
- Aperture: Constant f/2.0
- Zoom: 8x optical
- Magnification: 1:3
- LCD display: 4” back-lit rear screen with dual hinge tilting up to 90°/down to 10°
- Format: Light Field Picture (.lpf)
- Aspect ratio: 3:2
- 2D export resolution: 2450×1634 pixels
- File/picture storage: SDXC/SDHC memory card slot
- Shutter speed: 1/4000-32 sec
- ISO range: 80-3200
- Exposure compensation, bracketing & lock
- Touchscreen & live view
- Built in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
- Battery: removable 3.7V, 3760 mAh lithium ion (rechargeable)
While the some of the specs listed above are not exactly the latest and the greatest, the Lytro Illum camera is by no means outdated. On the contrary, it’s the sum of the specs that make it the excellent product that it is. Even now, nearly two years after its initial launch, it can surprise your friends with its features.
The following video exemplifies how the camera can be used to change the focus of a photo:
And here’s a practical example of how it works:
You have a bit less than 24 hours to get the Lytro Illum camera at a special price! If you want to own the camera that revolutionized photography, head over to Walyou Deals and get it for $369.99. That’s a 71% discount from the original retail price of $1,300, so this is quite the bargain. Orders are shipped for free to continental US addresses, with deliveries expected to take place between April 9 and 12.
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