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Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Apr 23, 2014

Lytro Illum resembles a DSLR Camera - Features, Specs & Price At Glance

Lytro, the company that amazed us all by its first one-of-its-kind boxy camera released in 2012. And now it is back in action by launching its new light-field camera called the 'LYTRO ILLUM'. The first high-end camera from Lytro is here and it is priced at $1,599. Even though the camera will start shipping in July 2014, you can pre-order yours from the company's website at a special introductory price. Let us take you on a tour of the Lytro Illum camera's technical specifications, features highlights and the overall look and feel of the new gadget for the shutterbugs among us.

The Lytro Illum features a custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor. Along with that it sports a 8x optical zoom lens and a constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range. Weighing about 940 grams, the DSLR-like camera offers 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter and an extreme close-focus macro capability. Users will be able to handle virtual camera controls in post-processing including aperture focus and perspective adjustments and physically accurate tilt control. Just like most other cameras in its range, this one offers integrated social media sharing and a library of drag-and-drop cinematic animations, including pan, zoom, focus and perspective shift. There's also a compatible workflow with leading photo software from Adobe and Apple packed all into one.

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Thanks to 3D photos capturing capability, users can now access the Lytro Desktop 3.1 for Mac and Windows and Lytro Mobile 1.2 for iOS, and have the living pictures processed for Perspective Shift ready for their audience. Lytro has also made it easy to enjoy visually richer pictures with its brand new user interface design.

If you are one of the early-adopters, Lytro has something great in the bag for you. A program called "Ultimate Lytro Photo Experience" can take you on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to shoot alongside a prominent photographer, all-expenses paid. Yep. That's all from our side. Do take a look at a video put together by the Lytro team to give you more info on the insights of the Lytro Illum camera.


How do you like the camera's features, specs and price? Share with us in comments below.
This camera is made serious professional photographers who have some serious dough. This time I am happy has let go of their quirky designs and opted for a understated design. However my question is, is the camera comfortable for the user? I mean it does not have the usual points of grip as that of a DSLR.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Apr 25, 2014
Would like to have @Anoop Mathew's views on this.
Anoop Mathew
Anoop Mathew • Apr 25, 2014
It's pretty average on first looks. Not a professional/trying-to-be-professional's option I'd say because of limited buttons. I've heard that more buttons mean more quicker control-ability of the lighting and focus.

The specs here look good. The post-processing option as shown with image refocus also looks good. 👍

However, I'm not the expert here. Would like to ask @Anoop Kumar who has used DSLR-like cameras about his opinion.
Anoop Mathew
Anoop Mathew • Apr 25, 2014
Satya Swaroop Dash
This camera is made serious professional photographers who have some serious dough.
What did you mean to say?
Anoop Mathew
What did you mean to say?
I meant to say that the camera is for people who have as much money as they have photography experience
Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • Apr 28, 2014
I think one thing missing in description which is making this camera distinct is "refocus ability after taking photograph" ,
I remember this one was the first edition of this camera

This is definitely a edge category in photography and will attract rich boys.
Things are lacking in here..

  • real Viewfinder
  • only 5 MP
  • It will require very good light to take photograph so that focus can be adjusted. it is like taking every photo at f16 or more.
  • Less controls.

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