Lytro has clear ambitions to be a leader in virtual reality. Now it has the hardware to prove it.
The company just took the wraps off of an entirely new kind of camera, the Lytro Immerge, which is designed specifically to capture footage for virtual-reality experiences. Looking like a sort of an alien beach ball on a sleek tripod, the camera is equipped with hundreds of tiny lenses and image sensors, all built to capture the entire “light field” — the company’s signature optical tech that records not just the color and intensity of light, but also direction it’s traveling.
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image. But the Illum’s cutting-edge technology records the direction of these rays, generating images you can later refocus, change perspective within, or view in 3D. You can essentially revisit the scene of the photo, meaning you’ll never miss snapping the perfect shot again.
Take “living pictures” you can adjust afterwards
Refocus your shots, change their perspective & view them in 3D, even in post-production
Use familiar digital camera features: auto focus, exposure mode, etc.
Capture the angle of every light ray in a scene
Easily carry it anywhere: design is compact, durable & lightweight
Shoot photos at an optimal resolution for sharing online
Access an array of tools including photo filters & uploading software