Created and recently released by a Silicon Valley start-up, the Lytro camera is unlike anything currently on the market. Lytro distinguishes itself as a device that captures “living pictures” or photos that can be refocused after they are taken, either directly on the camera’s touch screen or using specially designed software.
Lytro does this by capturing light in a different way than traditional point and shoot cameras. By recording the direction of light rays that hit it’s lens, the camera captures more and different information that then allows for more editing capabilities after the fact. Lytro also measures its resolution in a different way than other cameras. Instead of pixels, Lytro boasts a resolution of 11 megarays meaning that it captures 11 million light rays.
If its features weren’t convenient enough, Lytro also comes sleekly and portably designed with a lens at one end of a small rectangular body and a touchscreen viewfinder at the other. With an 8x optical zoom, very few buttons and a long lasting battery, Lytro weighs in at only 7.55 ounces.
Although the camera is far from perfect, lacking features such as a flash and video capabilities, the technology is exciting and worth keeping an eye on.