Ever kick yourself over all the blurry images you've taken of life's tiny memories? Then the Lytro focus-free camera, an invention of Dr. Ren Ng of Stanford University, is perfect for you. Lytro allows for functionally limitless changes to focus, lighting and more afterwards. That's something no point-and-shoot digital camera has offered the public before. Source of article - Lytro focus-free camera gives newbies depth of field power by Newsytype.com.
Snapshots in a snap, without the worry
The ability to capture an image without having to worry about the proper focus first will redefine what it means to "point and shoot," argues Mashable's Chris Taylor. As reported by Lytro, there is no have to focus, adjust amounts and wait for a shutter to click. Two-dimensional pictures are also viewed as passé by this Silicon Valley startup, which is why the Lytro digital camera will also make producing 3-D pictures easy.
Check the lighting out
Not only will the Lytro focus-free digital camera provide photographers with multiple focus possibilities, the adjustment choices will theoretically be unlimited. In the simple post-production process, myriad changes are accessible as the camera captures the light information. You simply have to take the lens and focus it anywhere you want, change the lighting, take the 2-D image and convert it into a three dimensional photo by shifting it into different viewing angles.
Ng does point out that pictures from Lytro cameras will be very large. They will be much larger than the average digital photo is. Because of the sensitivity in the light sensor; the digital camera can catch low-light situations without a flash while on-board processors do lots of the work. Click anywhere within a photo to access the dizzying array of zoom and focus possibilities. You can embed Lytro photos into HTML5. You are able to embed them into Flash too.
Combining ideas into one
Taylor believes that Lytro has combined concepts into a great consumer system in the focus-free digital camera, unlike a few critics that think Lytro is just copying other technology that already exists for instance wave front coding and plenoptic lenses, which companies such as Adobe and OmniVision Technologies have developed. Predecessors for instance Instagram tilt-shift iPhone digital camera app was not able to do the things Lytro could do. Lytro will be able to do post-production focusing unlike ever before with the light-field technology it has.
The Lytro focus-free digital camera reportedly will be accessible afterwards in 2011, and the cost will be comparable to that of a standard high-end digital camera, says Ng.
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