Lytro is a US-based company that is looking to take light field technology from a scientific theory into a reality, creating a new camera that lets users 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.
“Capture living pictures with the press of a single button. By instantly capturing complete light field data, the Lytro gives you capabilities you’ve never had in a regular camera,” it says.
“Since you’ll capture the color, intensity and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact.”
“Focusing after the fact means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay.”
“So capture the moment you meant to capture, not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you.”
Given our never-ending attempts to take the perfect picture, the Lytro camera is sure to be a standout, so why not take inspiration from the Lytro technology and create something similar?