More than two years after they had introduced their original model, Lytro Light Field, the company Lytro launched its new hardware, the Lytro Illum light field camera. As its predecessor, the Illum gathers information about the angle from which light arrived, which consequently enables it to calculate images with different perspective and focus. These images are labeled living pictures and they are presented in a proprietary interactive format.
The most striking modification in relation to the previous model is the fact that the Illum sports a much larger sensor: the sensor in question is a 1" type, not 1/3" type which is usually characteristic of smartphones. In spite of this more than sevenfold increase in the size of the sensor, the Illum still displays the standard F2 lens, yet with a more practical equivalent range of 30-250mm. While it would bring more control over depth-of-field on a conventional camera, in the case of a light field camera, its aim should be to increase the capability of distinguishing between focus depths. It is essential to mention that the Illum is characterized by 40 megarays of angular resolution, which contributes to producing images with about 5 megapixels of spatial (or two-dimensional) resolution.
With respect to its modes, this camera supports the ISO priority, the shutter priority and the full manual shooting modes. Communication with other devices has been considerably improved, thus resulting in the interface running on Android, as well as encompassing shooting tools, such as a new depth overlay, which helps photographers visualize the three dimensionality of a scene when they are about to frame the shot. What is more, the Illum boasts a 4-inch articulating touchscreen LCD with 800 x 480 pixels and several physical controls.
These modifications testify that the said camera has become markedly larger, but more expensive as well. The Lytro Illum light field will be available in July for $1599, or at a pre-order price of $1499. The good news is that current Lytro owners will receive a price reduction of $200 in relation to the purchase price.
The news was taken from LYTRO.