More than two years after unveiling the world’s first consumer light field camera, Silicon Valley startup Lytro has unveiled its second product, Lytro Illum. The new light field camera offers four times the sensor size of its predecessor, an 8x optical zoom len and the preorder costs $1,499. Lytro’s second-generation camera is much larger than the original rectangular model, which will still be available, and it gives the user much more control.
“With Lytro Illum, creative pioneers ranging from artistic amateurs to experienced professionals ‹ will tap into a new wave of graphical storytelling. Now artist and audience alike can share an equally intimate connection with the imagery, and, in a sense, jointly participate in the magic of its creation,” said Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal. “By combining a novel hardware array with tremendous computational horsepower, this camera opens up unprecedented possibilities to push the boundaries of creativity beyond the limits inherent in digital or film photography.”
The Lytro Illum ships in July; if you pre-order before 15 July, Lytro will cut $100 off the price.