Go direct to Lytro’s Picture Gallery and be amazed in playing with focus and zoom.
The camera’s attention-grabbing feature is a kind of after-the-fact autofocus: with a click, any blurry portion in a picture can be snapped into sharpness—another step in the march of idiot-proof photography.
And the company founder claims the first cameras will be $399-$499, hardly a fortune for serious photographers and within reach for the casual.
The Rapid Traveler is no photography expert, he only started taking pictures of his trips due to maternal remonstration, and the results he achieves, when good, are due more to the target than the operator. So his interest is naturally to fix poor shots taken in a hurry. But at what point is too much flexibility to manipulate a bad thing? Or does it just come closer to the way we perceive the world with our eyes rather than through the limits of a lens?
Readers, what do you think? Breakthrough or parlor trick? Planning to be in line to buy one?