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Lytro Debuts Advanced Light Field Camera

Mountain View, Calif. — Light-field camera manufacturer Lytro, whose cameras allow refocusing images after they are taken, introduced Tuesday its Illum advanced light-field model with an 8x optical zoom and high-speed shutter.

Lytro’s Illum is a bridge-style camera that will carry a $1,500 suggested retail when it ships in July.

The camera’s 8x zoom lens (30-250mm) has a constant F/2.0 aperture, and the shutter speed extends to 1/4000 of a second.

Lytro, which doesn’t list megapixels for its sensors, said the Illum’s sensor will capture 40 million light rays.

The company’s desktop processing software, which allows refocusing pictures after they are taken and will generate 3D images, works with Photoshop and Lightroom.

Light-field cameras capture bundles of light rays, and the direction they are moving in a particular scene.

The camera’s built-in software color codes the display with depth information. It previews the available depth range before the shot is taken, to help photographers start to think in three dimensions.

Images can then be exported to traditional formats, and, using WebGL, can be published online where viewers can interact with and manipulate.