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Lytro: The Light Field Camera that Promises to Change Photography

image via Lytro.com

Later this year, Lytro will debut a light field camera “that turns light into living pictures”—a technology that the Mountain View start-up says will “bring the biggest change to photography since the transition from film to digital,” according to comments given to Ina Fried of All Things D. The ground-breaking idea is that with the Lytro camera, there is no longer a need to focus before pressing the shutter release. They’re saying, basically, to forget everything you know about taking a picture because once a frame is captured with the Lytro camera,the image remains alive and flexible to change. You can change the focus however, wherever, whenever you’d like. Go ahead, try it out on Lytro.com with existing images. I was dubious as well.

If you’ve never heard of Lytro, or their technology, you are not alone—even in the photo world. The announcement of the as yet released point-and-shoot comes well before the equipment makes an appearance on the market or to reviewers. The science, according to Lytro, is as simple as this:

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