Lytro Unveils New Camera

Just two years after Lytro introduced the revolutionary light field camera, the company has now introduced a second camera that is sure to pique the interest of more photographers. The new Lytro Illum is a camera and software platform designed to make light field photography more like traditional digital photography. Where the company’s first offering looked like a tube of lipstick, the Illum looks more at home in the world of compact interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. From the looks of it, what was once a bit of a novelty—a tube-style camera that had the ability to change focus after an image was captured—to an actual camera with broader appeal and that same post-capture focusing prowess. The Illum sports an 8X optical zoom, constant and fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, and a 40 "megaray" sensor—megarays being the Lytro version of megapixels as they pertain to a light field sensor. No, it’s not a 40 megapixel sensor, but it does produce much higher-resolution images than the original Lytro device. As I’ve said in the past, I hope Lytro makes it because I think the technology at its core, the light field sensor concept, has huge potential for the future of photography. Learn more and order your own Illum light field camera, available in July of 2014 for $1599, at

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