There was an interesting report today on Ars Technica about the upcoming Lytro Light Field Camera.
Apparently Steve Jobs and the CEO of Lytro, Ren Ng, were working together in June 2011 to bring this technology to the iPhone and so "revolutionize" mobile photography. The GUI to do it is already in place and apparently the concept is a natural for an iPhone Photographer for getting the "Decisive Moment" at capture without fiddling with DOF, Focus etc. all of which could be adjusted afterwards.
That's an interesting concept and I suspect could indeed change the course of mobile photography. Trust Apple to be out in front!
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
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#1. "RE: Lytro" | In response to Reply # 0ChrisPlatt Registered since 04th Jun 2011Wed 25-Jan-12 06:32 PM
Since so many additional sensor photosites in a light field camera have to be devoted to angular resolution - the more angular resolution you want, the more photosites must be dedicated to that task - it seems unlikely to me that the technology will be incorporated into an iPhone in the near future. At a minimum, it may require 6 times as many photosites to maintain equivalent resolution on a given focus plane. Apple would have to give up some of the stunning resolution currently available in the iPhone or find a way to jam a larger sensor in there along with the processor required to manipulate the light field effects - people aren't going to want to pull the images out and manipulate them on their desktop. That opportunity cost between achieving angular resolution and flat field resolution is going to persist even as engineers continue to pack more photosites on sensors. I wouldn't be surprised though to see Apple develop some other innovative product that embraces light field technology.
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#3. "RE: Lytro" | In response to Reply # 2Covey22 Charter MemberThu 01-Mar-12 09:29 PM
The second to fourth paragraphs in the Conclusion Section of DPR's Lytro review says it all. I'm so glad I fought the Acquisition Syndrome demons and did NOT put myself on the pre-order list. Being on the cutting edge does mean that blood is drawn, mostly the ones brave enough to take the plunge. I've spilled enough technology blood in my time that I'm glad I missed this blade. Maybe Gen2 will improve the situation.