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Revolutionary Light Field Cameras – Will They Make Digital Obsolete?

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Lytro Cameras

There’s a new camera in town and it may challenge the whole digital market to a duel. It is a “light field camera” that uses a new technology to capture photographs that can have their focus changed after capture. What does this mean? No focus worries while shooting, no shutter delay, and images that can be refocused on a computer, tablet, or phone display by any viewer. ISO concerns? Over. Megapixels, aperture settings? History. No more out of focus shots or missing a shot in low light. Flashes and expensive lighting equipment will be a thing of the past.

Light field cameras capture images by collecting millions of individual megarays, (rays of light) in each photograph. The megarays include light strength, direction, and color.

Here’s an article from the New York Times showing how it works.

The technology is here, and already available for purchase. Two companies are selling light ray cameras.  Raytrix, that sells it’s camera for about $3,500,  and Lytro, where you can pick one up for about $400. I don’t know why there is a huge difference in price. Maybe there are quality issues I don’t know about between the two.

Raytrix Camera

This type of photography is just getting cooking. Like digital did way back when. Time will tell where this technology goes. There are even rumblings about being able to capture 3D images in the light ray cameras. Can someone please design an app to make us look a little skinnier in 3D?



About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

2 responses »

  1. I would love to have this Lytro camera with that price.


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