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Below is the 'newest thing' in digital imaging. Known as a 'Light Field' Camera, or 'Plenoptic' Camera.
Info on what this means for you [lifted from wikipedia, sue me]:
Light-field photography (also known as plenoptic photography) captures the available light in a scene coming from more than one direction. It works by breaking up the main image with an array of microlenses over an image sensor The camera software then uses this data to determine the general directions of incoming light rays. Currently the images can be offloaded only on Apple and PCs running Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit.
Features of a include:
- Refocusing: Users are able to refocus images after they are taken, mostly limited to either the foreground or background
- Speed: Because there is no need to focus the lens before taking a picture, a plenoptic camera can capture images more quickly than conventional point-and-shoot digital cameras.
- Low-light sensitivity: the ability to adjust focus in post-processing allows the use of larger than are feasible on conventional cameras, thus enabling photography in low-light environments without a flash.
- 3D images: since a plenoptic camera records depth information (which allows it to focus at variable depths), stereo images can be constructed in software from a single plenoptic image capture.
One drawback is low resolution: Users will be able to convert Lytro camera's proprietary image into a regular file, at a desired focal plane. The resulting image has 1080 × 1080 pixels – roughly 1.2 and only 0.78 megapixels for a traditional 4x6 print.
Oh yes, it WILL be mine:
And, here is a youtube video, showing you exactly what this camera does, in real time. Keep in mind that what you are seeing is being done to each image ON THE CAMERA, before the user ever transfers any files to a workstation. This fact alone has me touching myself...LOL
This promotional video is done by pros who are messing with this fantastic machine: