“Though it sports the same light-field technology, Lytro’s second camera bares little resemblance to its first effort, which debuted more than two years ago,” Ina Fried reports for Re/code. “Whereas the first model was aimed at consumers and looked a bit like a square kaleidoscope, the forthcoming Lytro Illum (pronounced ill-loom) has both the appearance and price tag of a professional’s SLR camera.”
“Among the features of the Illum is an 8x zoom lens that can shoot at fast f2.0 speeds throughout its range — a feature that typically shows up only on professional lenses costing thousands of dollars,” Fried reports. “That combined with a fast 1/4000 of a second top shutter speed means the new Lytro camera could have particular appeal to sports photographers.”
“Like the first model, the Illum captures shots that can be displayed in 3D and focused after the fact,” Fried reports. “The camera is slated to cost $1,599 and ship in July, though those who preorder through Lytro.com can save $100. The company plans to sell the camera online and also hopes to get the Illum in some camera stores and other retailers.”
“Because the camera captures rays of light and not just pixels, it’s hard to compare the quality to a standard digital camera,” Fried reports, “but Lytro says it has four times the resolution of the first Lytro camera, and still images taken from it will look good at least up to 8×10 size.”
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