1. UnknownError507's Avatar

    The revolutionary shoot-first, focus-later Lytro camera could completely change the way we take pictures. Up until now, point-and-shoot cameras have been about as simple as it gets. Lytro changes that. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single image, the Lytro camera takes in the entire light field when you shoot - 11 million light rays of data that the camera's processor then embeds into a picture that Lytro refers to as a "living image." So when you call up the photo on your computer, you can put any part of the image that you want into sharp focus.

    Aside from the creative possibilities that open up, just think of the relief for the amateur photographers among us who upload photos after games or other events only to find a number of them are out of focus.

    As an example, think of taking a picture in a crowded party. Your point-shoot-camera will deliver a photo focused on the faces you focused in on, with the rest blurring out. Take the same photo with the Lytro and you'll be able to click on whatever face or part of the image you want to show as the focal point, even if it's someone sitting far back in a corner of the shot. No autofocus before you shoot also means there's no delay so the camera captures what you're seeing as you click the shutter.

    The Lytro camera, which is now available for orders in the U.S. with delivery promised early in the new year and availability for other countries to follow, had its beginnings in the research of Lytro founder and CEO Ren Ng, whose award-winning PhD dissertation in computer science at Stanford focused on light field technology. From that early research has come this pocketsized camera, weighing in at 412 grams, with an 8X optical zoom, f2 lens and a tap-on touch screen to set exposure. It comes in two models: a $399 eight gigabyte version for up to 350 photos and a $499 16 GB version for up to 750 pictures.

    So far it's available only with a desktop application for Apple computers using OS X 10.6 or higher. The photos are made for easy sharing through Facebook, Twitter, email and blogs and viewers can manipulate the images, focusing and re-focusing to change how the photos look. (Lytro)


    I was particularly taken with the ease with which HP's new wireless direct printing allows you to print photos or other files straight off your iPhone or iPad with just a couple of clicks.

    The printer acts as a hot spot so you don't have to be on the same Wi-Fi network to make the connection.

    The Pro M275 also has the remote connecting capabilities of other printers in HP's new fall lineup: ePrint, which lets you print from wherever you are by emailing the file to the printer, which has its own email address; and airPrint, which lets you print from an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that's on the same Wi-Fi network as the printer. And the prints you make can be 3-D thanks to the M275's 3-D scanner.

    The printer has an arm that sits above the scanner screen with a high-resolution camera that takes six images with varying exposures to produce the print. So, for example, if you're a jewelry maker, you could capture product shots that are much more realistic than a regular photo. (HP - United States | Laptop Computers, Desktops, Printers, Servers and more)

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    10-22-11 01:53 PM
  2. 1812dave's Avatar
    I've still got a perfectly good SX-70.
    10-22-11 02:11 PM