CNET First Look
The Lytro Camera's brand new featuresBrian Tong shows you the tech world's most talked about camera, the Lytro camera. We'll showcase its all new features for Lytro's revolutionary product launch.
Hey, guys. Brian Thong here with cnet.com and we wanted to give you a first look at some of the new hot features for the Lytro camera as text most bugs moving camera and it's shipping right now from lytro.com. Now to catch you up to speed, the Lytro camera is unlike any other with the unique design that uses light fill technology to capture all the light information, color intensity and direction the light is moving in a single picture. Now you won't need to focus so just take a picture and with all this information you can choose a subject or your object you wanna focus on after the fact with what they call their living pictures. Now they've added a few new improvements to their interface where you can swipe from the bottom of the screen and you'll get a menu bar for battery life and the amount of picture space available. But you'll also get a new mode called trade of mode. By default the camera set to Lytro's everyday mode with their default settings that set to a 3x optical zoom but it has limitations with how you can compose shots. Creative mode allows the 8x optical zoom range and allows you to control and compose your shot like let's take an extreme macro shot. We seen shot like this in popular food photography and also the showcase textures or you've seen portrait shots where subject is in focus for the background is completely blurred out. It will also light a zoom in and out of the subject after you've set the focal point for a more dramatic effect and better shot composition control. Now this is all part of the creative mode but all in focus mode that points camera users are familiar with will be a software update in the first half of this year. Now you can also interact with your pictures directly on the camera screen but sharing is a big piece of the puzzle. Now the software lives locally on the camera and you can install it when you plug it in. It's only currently Mac compatible the Lytro says there will be a Windows version of the software coming by the end of 2012. Now each picture is stored locally on your computer. That takes of about 16 meg and the Lytro app, you'll upload your living pictures that are stored on their own servers. They said it's unlimited storage right now and we'll process them down to about a 500K to 1 meg file depending on how many multiple perspective you have. Now you can then show that living picture through social network like Facebook, Twitter and Google plus or embed them in Lytro's flasher HTML5 player. You'll also be able to right click on a picture and convert it into a 1080x1080 JPEG file that's compressed down the size for you. Now the Lytro camera is only available through the website at lytro.com starting at 399 for an 18 model and they say it'll be available in unnamed retail channels later this year. So there you have it. I am Brian Thong with your quick per click as of the new features with the watch of the truly revolutionary Lytro camera