Right now, there are some truly amazing photo editing programs on the market that enable users to do some truly wondrous things with pictures that would have seemed like science fiction just a few years in the past. However, the Holy Grail of image processing, refocusing an image after it was shot and uploaded to the computer, has remained nothing more than a dream.
That is, until now.
According to Lytro, their new sensor will be able to record images in such a way that the photographer will be able to refocus the picture after it has already been taken. So, how is this possible. By reading on the Lytro website, one will see that the company claims that, instead of recording all light as one thing, the Lytro sensor will record color, light intensity, and direction as separate sets of data. Result: according to Lytro, a picture that can, thanks to the separation of data, be focused after the snap of the shutter.
Now, what about buying such a wonder camera?
For anyone looking to buy, there is going to be a wait, but not too long of one should everything go according to plan. According to the company’s website, one should expect the cameras to hit stores by the end of the year (Christmas present, anyone?). As with all hot technological innovation, a lot of people are expected to be wanting to buy, so pre-order your camera today by providing Lytro with your email address. Until then, feel free to content oneself by playing around withsome sample pictures on the Lytro website and readingthe FAQ page.
Unfortunately, Lytro isn’t divulging much about the camera itself only that the it will be small enough for a pocket and that it will be ‘competitively’ priced.
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