I am not clever enough to cope with this concept. A stills camera that captures all the light information available then you decide what is in focus etc afterwards…Optically I simply don’t understand and it’s not April the 1st is it? It’s called a ‘Plenoptic” camera and you read about the tech here in a document published 6 years ago by Stanford Univerisity. Now someone is actually making one for sale.
This is the concept courtesy of Yahoo News who can put it more succinctly than me!
“The secret behind the Lytro camera is a new type of sensor that gathers much more information about the light coming into the camera than the sensors found on all other types of digital cameras. Rather than record a finite amount of information about the light in a photograph, as is the case with other camera sensors, the Lytro sensor records the entire “light field,” which is made up of “all the light rays in a scene,” according to the Lytro website. This includes the color, intensity and direction of the rays of light. Other cameras simply record all the light as a single amount of light.
With this vast amount of data, the focus of a photo can be fully adjusted to match a photographer’s desires, using a computer, in the same way one might use Photoshop to adjusts hue, brightness or contrast on a regular photograph. This means never having to worry about whether auto-focus centered on the right part of a picture, and it makes capturing fast-motion much easier.”
and this is an example:
You can read more about the Lytro camera on their site. It is being said it will come out before the end of the year…we shall see!
Of course some may argue that it takes all the skill out of taking photographs and they could be quite justified in saying that…then again haven’t DSLRs already done that? Remember only being able to take 36 photos per film and really having to know what you were doing before pressing that shutter button otherwise it costs you money? Now we rattle off photos until we get what we want…a lot of skill has been lost due to that and I really see what is the way tech will go more in the future. Taking most of the skill out of things and letting you decide or fix in post…Scary stuff! That’s progress for you!!
Try for yourself below!!
See more examples here that let you manipulate the focus.