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AWESOME!!!!!!!! the original Lytro camera is amazing just testing it out gave me goosebumps as I have never seen a camera do what Litro does. Unfortunately it came with a high price tag, strange form factor, no flash, small preview window, etc. The price tag is still high but this time around I definitely think it is more justified given that its specs are on par with dslr's and smart-cameras alike while offering features only found on the original Lytro. It is still out of my price range but if they come out with a $700~ dslr version I will buy in!
Still way overpriced for a product that has an extremely limited use case scenario. Yes, its cool and all that, but ultimately a product that will be used a lot in the first 2 weeks, then shelved in favor of a 'real' camera with proper pro features rather than just a gimmick that even needs special software to appreciate the shots.
Also worth remembering that you cannot equate their 'megaray' numbers with megapixels. So their '40 megaray' spec means very little. The original Lytro had such woefully low resolution (why they chose the megaray description, to hide this fact), I think hurt sales a lot, this new one might be better, we'll see.
MCaddick: The camera doesn't have a limited use scenario, but its uses are more useful to pro photographers. The ability to take absolutely any photo and focus it later make this one incredibly fast camera, sure high end DSLR's are fast but without the need to focus before the shot this camera is as fast if not faster for less than the cost of a pro DSLR. Photographers can actually be taking several different photos within just 1 photo rather than focus onto different area in several different pictures. Since you will me taking fewer photos you don't have to worry about memory cards filling up as fast or deleting images in the field to free up some room. All these features are great for artists, photographers, for publishing on the internet or in print, and imagine say a car accident claims photo that you can take and your insurance provider can focus in and out of different areas of an image rather than ask you to take multiple pictures of the same area. Finally what is this special software you are speaking of? The original Lytro and this new Illum both allow you to focus the images directly from the camera WITH NO software required. If you want you send an image for someone else to focus then yes that person would require the software on a computer, which is free, or a Lytro camera themselves.
Photographers are going to love this camera. I can't wait until the technology fits in our smartphones.
I like this camera, though I can't afford it.
The technology is impressive.
I want one. We must get a review unit. :)
I agree,....this is pretty clean looking and would see a lot of use at my house.