Lytro Illum: new light field camera adds bigger sensor, better lens… and bigger price tag

Lytro Illum: new light field camera gets bigger sensor, better lens, 4in touchscreen

Lytro has unveiled its next-generation light field camera, introducing the Lytro Illum. The Lytro Illum price tag will be $1,599, and the new Lytro camera’s release date is set for July 2014.

Lytro Illum: new light field camera gets bigger sensor, better lens, 4in touchscreen

Among the key spec of this new Lytro camera are the Illum’s 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom range, constant f/2.0 aperture and a high-speed shutter capable of freezing motion in a range of different conditions.

What’s more, after capturing an image with the Lytro Illum, the camera’s built-in software platform, powered by Lytro’s Light Field Engine 2.0, allows you to make adjustments to focus, tilt, perspective shift and depth of field.

Composition should be easier this time around with the Lytro Illum’s new 4in touchscreen, and the new light field camera’s lens offers 8x optical zoom with an equivalent focal length of 30-250mm and a constant aperture of f/2.0.

The Lytro Illum price tag will be $1,599, and the new Lytro camera’s release date is set for July 2014.

You can find the Lytro Illum spec sheet below, and here is a sample photo showing how the new Lytro camera works.

Lytro Illum Specs

Lytro Light Field Sensor and Lytro Light Field Engine v2.0

Camera 33.15 oz | 940 grams Battery 3.17 oz | 90 grams

Camera Dimensions
3.38 in x 5.7 in x 6.5 in | 86 mm x 145 mm x 166 mm

Magnesium and Aluminum

Grip and lens rings

8x zoom, 30 – 250 mm eqivalent focal length; constant f/2 aperture

Max Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec

Power button; shutter button; Lytro button; zoom control (electronic ring);
focus control (electronic ring); front and rear dials; AE-L, AF, Light Field
Hyperfocal and custom buttons; touchscreen

4 in | 101.6mm, 480 x 800, articulating back-lit LCD with glass touchscreen

Exposure Control
Program, ISO Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual

Depth Assist Features
Depth Scale, Depth Histogram, Depth Overlay, Spot Depth Feedback

File Output
Light Field Picture file

Light Field Resolution
40 Megarays: the numbers of light rays captured by the light field sensor.

Picture Storage
Free storage for living pictures on, subject to the Terms of Use
(internet access required).

Picture Viewing
View and interact with living pictures on the Lytro camera as well as any
supported computer, smartphone or tablet.

Includes a free desktop application for importing, processing and interacting with
living pictures from the camera. Software requires Mac OS 10.8.5 or higher or
Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8.


Removable Li-Ion battery

Storage Media
SD memory card slot

RoHS certified

Box Dimensions
approx. 8.07 in x 8.07 in x 8.07 in | 205 mm x 205 mm x 205 mm

Lytro Illum Camera; battery, battery charger, mirco USB 3.0 cable, lens cap,
lens hood, cleaner cloth, strap points, strap

Lytro Illum Software Platform

•       Virtual camera controls in post-processing, including aperture focus and perspective adjustments and physically accurate tilt control

•       Instantly displays 3D photos on 3D-capable devices

•       Integrated sharing to leading social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

•       Library of drag-and-drop cinematic animations, including pan, zoom, focus and perspective shift

•       Interactive depth assist

•      Workflow is compatible with existing photo-editing suites like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software and Apple’s Aperture software


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