Lytro camera delivers light field photography next year, starting at $400

Lytro first announced its camera based on light field technology a few months ago. It sounded like cool future technology at the time, and it still does. The difference between then and now: It’s actually available for pre-order. The Lytro camera will ship early next year for $399 (8GB) and $499 (16GB).

Here’s the quick official rundown on what the Lytro is:

Lytro lets you take pictures like never before. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

What this means is that would-be photographers no longer have to worry about focus– at all. It can be completely adjusted post-shutter click. The camera itself is very compact (see photo) and features a 1.5″ touchscreen on the end for framing shots. This is not for people who want to fiddle with setting, it’s very straightforward.

Once a photo is snapped, the specialized .lfp file will need to be loaded in Lytro’s proprietary software, where it will be uploaded to Lytro’s servers for modification and exporting. The basic functionality can be tried right now.

Source: Lytro site