Lytro Light Field Camera Goes On Sale – 3D From A Single Lens


Start the YouTube 3D video player. Click on the red 3D icon that will appear in the menu bar to select 2D or your choice of stereo 3D formats.

Though our primary focus here is cars, we think it’s important to cover 3D technology as well. This is a big deal not just for 3D but for photography in general. Lytro has started selling their revolutionary “light field” camera which takes a digital record of all of the light rays in the scene. No focusing is needed because software later recreates focus and depth of field how you want it. The viewer sees the scene the way they want to, not the way conventional photography is limited with focal planes, depth of field, apertures and exposures. If that wasn’t cool enough, there is enough data recorded that the software can recreate parallax, allowing you to have alternate views of the scene when viewing on a 2D display as well as the capability of generating  stereoscopic 3D images. The ability to move around relative to the scene will also work in 3D, as will the all the focus and depth of field flexibility, giving 3D a quality that it has never had before. You can see the results in the video above. The video below is the public rollout of the camera at the AsiaD digital technology show, simultaneously with the camera’s first retail sales in California. The Lytro camera isn’t cheap, $399 for an 8G/350 image model and $499 for 16 gigs capable of storing 750 images. To gives you an idea of how much data the camera records, the 8 mega pixel Canon SD850is cameras in my 3D rig can store about 1,000 images on only a 4 gig memory card. Of course those fewer raw “pictures” can be processed into an infinite number of views. Since the light field camera doesn’t work like a conventional camera, Lytro doesn’t rate it in mega pixels. Instead Lytro specifies a “Light Field Resolution” of 11 Megarays: the number of light rays captured by the light field sensor.

 

This video is not in stereo 3D

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