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Apple Lytro-like camera system patent looks to iPhone for size

Apple Lytro-like camera system patent looks to iPhone for size

There's a system for shooting photos out there in the world of Apple patents, one that looks to take the light-field camera and make a version of it much, much smaller. Small enough to fit inside an iPhone, as it were. The patent for this system describes the likes of a plenoptic camera, better known as a light-field camera, going so far as to cite the Ren Ng "Lytro" camera as prior art.

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Lytro 3D joins visualizations roster for perspective-shift camera

Lytro 3D joins visualizations roster for perspective-shift camera

We appear to be in an age where the way we capture photos - followed by the way we display them - is in a state of evolution. Today's update from the folks at Lytro unveils a new way to view the photos taken with the Lytro camera - you'll soon be able to see these photos displayed in 3D. With the light field camera created by Lytro, users will be able to see the photos they've captured and processed for Perspective Shift in full 3D mode with a variety of devices.

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Lytro camera hits UK as rivals ready their retorts

Lytro camera hits UK as rivals ready their retorts

Lytro has landed in the UK, with the clever light-field camera finally up for sale, though rivals have already begun to circle. The camera, which allows the user to focus on different parts of the frame after the image has been taken, by recording the angles that light hit the sensor, went on sale in the US in early 2012, and was hailed as somewhere between a curiosity and a real advance in photography.

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Lytro iOS app arrives with WiFi-connected photo sharing

Lytro iOS app arrives with WiFi-connected photo sharing

The Lytro miniature camera just received a fairly significant update today. The company just outed an accompanying iOS app that allows you to share the photos taken on a Lytro with your iOS device. From there, you can do all sorts of stuff that iOS will allow you to do, such as upload it to your Photo Stream or share it with a friend, as well as upload the photos to Lytro's website.

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Toshiba reveals Lytro-style refocus camera module for 2013

Toshiba reveals Lytro-style refocus camera module for 2013

Toshiba is readying a Lytro-style camera that could allow photos taken on smartphones and tablets to be refocused after they're captured, with a complex lens assembly creating data-dense adjustable images. The camera, which is expected to be commercialized in late 2013, grabs 500,000 pictures in one take, The Asahi Shimbum reports, thanks to an identical number of lenses in front of the sensor, each taking a shot with slightly different focus settings.

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Lytro goes big: In-store US and international launches in October

Lytro goes big: In-store US and international launches in October

Innovative camera company Lytro is kicking off international sales from early October, along with broader availability across the US. The so-called light field camera - which allows the focus in the resulting images to be re-set, despite what the photographer was paying specific attention to when originally framing the shot - will hit Target, Best Buy, and Amazon US online from October 9, with CityTarget in-store availability from November.

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Lytro desktop software for Windows up and running

Lytro desktop software for Windows up and running

Those of you who've been early adopters of the camera technology known as Lytro will soon be able to process your photos on your Windows machine with new officially licensed software. This software will work with Windows 7 64 bit ONLY and will be working on Home, Professional, and Ultimate builds. This software will work on machines with 2GB of RAM or more, DirectX 10 or better, and Intel Core 2 Duo or better.

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Lytro Review Round-Up

Lytro Review Round-Up

Lytro's shoot-first, focus-later digital camera caused plenty of head-scratching in the photography world when it was announced last year, and with early reviews landing today it seems that sense of confusion has carried through. The concept of the Lytro is simple, even if the camera's technology is not; it captures not only light hitting the sensor but the angle at which it hits, and with that data stored you can subsequently refocus on different parts of the image. That's great, reviewers say, but there are also plenty of downsides to the Lytro package. Check out everything you need to know after the cut.

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