Lytro Announces Its 2nd Gen Light Field Camera

US-based company Lytro, Inc. yesterday announced its second generation light field camera – the Illum. And unlike the original Lytro camera, this one offers a look and feel that a lot of consumers are more accustomed to. The Illum’s body is made from magnesium and anodised aluminium; and sports a somewhat angular and futuristic design… 



US-based company Lytro, Inc. yesterday announced its second generation light field camera – the Illum. And unlike the original Lytro camera, this one offers a look and feel that a lot of consumers are more accustomed to.

The Illum’s body is made from magnesium and anodised aluminium; and sports a somewhat angular and futuristic design. There’s a 4-inch touchscreen panel at the back of the camera with an intuitive user interface similar to that of many smartphones and tablets. The screen is also tilted upwards and can be articulated.

The camera is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and a 40 Megaray light ray sensor with a mechanical shutter with a speed of 1/4000ths of a second. There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity, an SD card slot, USB 3.0 port and a hot shoe for an external flash.

The Ltyro Illum offers the same zoom range as most DSLR cameras but requires less effort thanks to its light field technology. This makes the Illum as powerful as a DSLR camera but as light and small as a compact system camera. Moreover, the use of light field technology allows the Illum to have the same re-focus functionality found on the first generation Lytro. It also has a new feature called Light Field Animations, which gives images an animated look.

The Lytro Illum will be available in July for around US$1599, but those who will pre-order the camera will get a $100 discount.

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