The Lytro is a new concept in photography, a small square tube camera with a retro feel to it, that does away with the focus button by capturing all the planes of focus or as Lytro describes what it does, it captures a field of light, the first consumer camera to do so.

The big Lytro hype is based on the fact that the camera allows you to “focus after the fact”. And the Lytro allows you to change the plane of focus endlessly, try it for yourself in Lytro’s photo gallery. The technology behind the Lytro began at Stanford University about fifteen years. At that time it took a roomful of cameras and one supercomputer to do what the modestly-priced Lytro can do today, using new kind of sensor called a light field sensor combined with proprietary software.

The Lytro was invented by company founder and CEO, Ren Ng, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Sanford University.

Lytro lets you take pictures like never before. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

Capture everything – instantly.

Capture living pictures with the press of a single button. By instantly capturing complete light field data, the Lytro gives you capabilities you’ve never had in a regular camera.

Focus after the fact.

Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime, after the fact.

And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay. So, capture the moment you meant to capture not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you

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