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.
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.
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?