Focus AFTER Taking the Photo?!

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.

As we have mentioned before, Lytro have been developing a re-focusable camera. Well, now is the time. They have revealed their camera which does just that – it gives you the ability to focus after taking the photo, and it looks amazing!

 

 

It seems easy to use too. There is only two buttons: the power button and the shutter button (to take the photo). There is also the seemingly ‘invisible’ zooming slider and the USB door, so you can connect with your computer or chosen device.

 

I really like the touch screen at the back of the camera where the magic happens (as it were). You can take the photo, and then just by using your fingers you can re-focus the photo to show someone or something focused in the background on the Lytro website. You can try it out now on some photos now in their picture gallery – it’s pretty cool.

Video Production

What is really exciting though is the thought of being able to do this with a video camera, and – guess what – RED have a prototype.

 

 

CEO Jim Jannard said: “One thing I will say is that we are working on multiple focus and depth map [think Lytros], but with wicked high resolution… The prototype is incredible”.

 

This is very exciting! It could be the future of video production. Cameras where you can set up the shot-making, make sure everything is ok but not worry about it being in focus, hit record then focus after your shoot – or even if it is focused you can re-focus it concentrating on something else within the frame.

 

This could change everything: no longer would you cry when you get home because your footage is out of focus. RED have already been making fantastic steps or leaps even with their cameras, and there seems to be another one on the way and it’s going to be amazing!

 

Specs and Price

 

Back to the Lytro camera. There are three designs: the Red Hot, which you can see in the image above, the Graphite and the Electric Blue. The Graphite and Electric Blue are both 8GB, hold 350 Photos and will cost you $399, which is about £250. I don’t think this is too bad for what the camera can do. The Red Hot is 16GB, holds 750 Photos and costs $499, which is about £315. Again not too bad, if you want the extra 400 photo storage. Its dimensions are: 41mm x 41mm x 112mm, with a 33mm back-lit LCD touchscreen.

 

 

At the minute the camera is available to pre-order only within America, and will ship early 2012. But there is a worldwide release in the pipeline.

 

 

I can’t wait to get my hands on this, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long after America – maybe a 2012 Christmas present who knows, but one thing I do know is, this is the future right here.