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Camera Start-Up Lytro Promises to Revolutionize Photography

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by GaryAyala, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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  2. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
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    We need to see 100% crops at ISO3200 because, you know, that's the true test of any camera!

    Seriously, that's pretty cool. I've been keeping tabs on plenoptic and competing technologies. The first generation is likely to be an expensive, slow, quirky disappointment but that's ok

    my iPhone sent this
     
  3. mach330

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    Saw this well. That's be great for our adaptive lens.
     
  4. Conrad

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    Saw it also mentioned on DPR yesterday. I even went so far as reading (browsing) the PhD thesis of the founder. Pretty cool technology. Keep in mind though that capturing the extra information of different focal planes eats away resolution.
    On the other hand, if you would put the :43: pixel density on a ff sensor the resulting 60 mpix could prove very useful for doing this. I can only imagine the batterries needed to power the CPU's needed for the calculations...
     
  5. Ned

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    Jul 18, 2010
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    omg... why haven't they done this sooner!? I could have saved so many fantastic shots that were wasted!
     
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  6. deirdre

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    Not sure how they can change the laws of physics, but okay, I'll wait and see what they've got.
     
  7. KVG

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    sweet enhancement for cameras :^)
     
  8. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Basically, instead of recording the sum of light that hits the sensor, this camera records the color, intensity, and direction of individual light rays. This allows the software to determine after the fact where it all came from.

    This is a much better article which describes the system...
    Silicon Startup Unveils Groundbreaking Camera - WSJ.com
     
  9. carpandean

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    Where did you find it? I tried a quick search without any luck.
     
  10. starlabs

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  11. RobWatson

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    Forget that 'living picture' stuff... just compile the final image so everything is in focus. Imagine the huge DOF and fast lenses together at last. Perfect focus everytime. Sounds like something consumers would love but pros having developed skills exploiting DOF not so much.

    Add the blur back in post to 'simulate' DOF ... the world turned upside down.
     
  12. mach330

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    i can only imagine how big of flash cards we need now. this has to be a lot more than raw files. do they have terabyte cards yet? lol
     
  13. MaxElmar

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  14. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks! I must have misspelled something in my original search, because I just tried again (after seeing your post) and found this same link right at the top. :redface:
     
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  16. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Okay, I'll read the doc and see what I think. I know my dad would be fascinated by this; he's not only a photographer but he's worked on optics as a physicist.
     
  17. RobWatson

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    Hmmm ... from the wayback archives PopSci's How It Works - 100 Megapixel Camera

    Must be something strange if this was working in March 2007 and still has not progressed that far (as in a product). Sure, things take time but 4 years is a very long time in this field. Maybe I watched too much 30 minute sitcoms so my sense of time is warped.
     
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  18. Conrad

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  19. georger

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    Definitely not KISS

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mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} ********> <![endif]--> Perhaps addition of an optical element – the plenoptic lens array and a lot of computing power is just too complex for just a snap shot camera. A plenoptic lens is an array of single element lenses and each one of them needs to be good enough for a complete image, wow. The benefit of this technology is its ability to change the focus after taking a picture at huge cost in complexity. After the fact focus in lieu of resolution, I would settle on resolution. Very likely it will be great for special technical application.
    George.