Lytro camera

The future of photography or gimmicky party trick? The first-of-its-kind light-field camera hasn't exactly taken the photography world by storm. But we think you'll start seeing more of this cool camera tech soon.

Lytro camera Josh Miller/CNET

How many times have you taken a picture that would've been great if only it weren't out of focus? Well, Lytro's first-of-its-kind light-field camera solves that problem by letting you shoot first and focus later. The camera and software lets users create living pictures that can be focused again and again and again. And again.

Unfortunately, when it was initially released in March, the Lytro came across as unfinished with lots of promises for what was possible and what was to come, which included support for Windows.

To its credit, Lytro has made good on those promises to keep updating things throughout 2012, bringing manual controls to the camera and new ways of interacting with its living pictures. While the camera and the concept are not for everyone, we have a feeling that you're going to be seeing more and more living pictures in your Facebook feeds and Twitter streams in 2013 and beyond.

For more on this product, see our full Lytro camera review.

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