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2012-03-15 09:10:05 AM
I've been hearing about the Lytro, and I think it is a really interesting concept. It'll be pretty awesome if it lives up to its expectations.
 
2012-03-15 09:39:28 AM
You read that right, researchers at the MIT media lab have developed a camera that's capable of recording light traveling from one point to another,

They call the device "a camera."
 
2012-03-15 10:11:39 AM

mamoru: I've been hearing about the Lytro, and I think it is a really interesting concept. It'll be pretty awesome if it lives up to its expectations.


Yeah I am interested but no Windows software yet :( only Mac
 
2012-03-15 10:19:09 AM
Enhance. Enhance. Enhance.
 
2012-03-15 10:19:37 AM

mamoru: I've been hearing about the Lytro, and I think it is a really interesting concept. It'll be pretty awesome if it lives up to its expectations.


It's interesting tech, but still has a long way to go. The current version takes photos that are only 300x200 and they can only be shared using lytro's own flikr-like site.
 
Skr
2012-03-15 10:30:39 AM
That Lytro reminds me of 3D/ stereoscopic images. Pretty cool.
 
2012-03-15 10:42:32 AM

IrateShadow: mamoru: I've been hearing about the Lytro, and I think it is a really interesting concept. It'll be pretty awesome if it lives up to its expectations.

It's interesting tech, but still has a long way to go. The current version takes photos that are only 300x200 and they can only be shared using lytro's own flikr-like site.


I had no idea the lytro pictures were so small. Looks like I'll be waiting for the Lytro 2 (or maybe 3). Also, while it's neat to share the interactive focus pics, I'd still want to be able to share non-interactive versions of the photos. I see it as a post processing tool more than a gimmicky/fun thing to share.

Also, I'd really love to see some Phantom 1mil fps footage. The video they posted was a sports shooter with a Flex, which maxes out at a mere 10,750 fps at 640x480. (2570fps at 1920x1080). Turns out the v1610 is monochrome and primarily for scientific research. The Flex and a couple others are the ones with filmmaking/sports/art in mind.
 
2012-03-15 11:00:14 AM
Oh snap!
 
2012-03-15 11:03:07 AM
I am unable to figure out where Andreas Velten is from (Photon camera video)
 
2012-03-15 11:16:04 AM

Counter_Intelligent: Enhance. Enhance. Enhance.


Totally just saw super troopers yesterday. Also reminds of the red dwarf clip posted yesterday.
 
2012-03-15 11:36:16 AM

wild9: I am unable to figure out where Andreas Velten is from (Photon camera video)


Planet Doughnut.
 
2012-03-15 11:38:03 AM
Lytra is a gimmick and technically fairly useless.

All I want is 100% accurate (and instant) autofocus and sensors that can do 102800 ISO without any noise or degradation..... at a reasonable consumer price.

A modern DSLR that included those upgrades could do anything.
 
2012-03-15 11:38:54 AM
I'd like to build a catapult and REALLY test out that throwable camera (#6).

Wonder how many setback G's it can take...fire it from one of those Pumpkin Chunkin' air cannons.
 
2012-03-15 12:28:50 PM
Do these cameras also record sound? If no then I don't want them.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-15 12:34:49 PM
The Lytro trades off resolution vs. depth of field.

I want the equipment used to take videos of millimeter-long critters in Life in the Undergrowth.
 
2012-03-15 12:55:14 PM

wild9: I am unable to figure out where Andreas Velten is from (Photon camera video)


The upper west side.
 
2012-03-15 01:27:06 PM
I want this one.

technabob.com
technabob.com

I bet you could take great pictures of the President, or cool street photos of people from the top of a clocktower with it.
 
2012-03-15 02:16:19 PM
i1207.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-15 02:27:08 PM
I don't care if it's ful in a little more than 4 seconds at full speed/resolution, I was that camera!
 
2012-03-15 03:14:32 PM
Phantom v1610

Super slow mo money shots!
?????
Profit!

???? involves women, somehow.
 
2012-03-15 05:08:08 PM
JimmyFartpants : I want this one.

Is that for hunting deer without killing deer?

//clicks link, yep
 
2012-03-15 08:17:14 PM

neuroflare: I don't care if it's ful in a little more than 4 seconds at full speed/resolution, I was that camera!


Oh you was, was you?
 
2012-03-15 08:44:54 PM
I was impressed by how easily concept of the speed of light camera sailed right over my head.
 
2012-03-15 09:13:24 PM

Hertzfeld: neuroflare: I don't care if it's ful in a little more than 4 seconds at full speed/resolution, I was that camera!

Oh you was, was you?


I should have proofread that
 
2012-03-16 02:06:29 AM

ZAZ: The Lytro trades off resolution vs. depth of field.


Still...in the end all anyone cares about is the final image.

Yes, there are scientific and industrial applications where all of the depth information is useful, but they seem to be marketing it as a consumer camera where you can "focus" later by choosing one or a few depths and discarding the rest.

To me the most valuable applications would be security cameras ("Enhance 224 to 176") or robotics like self-driving cars, where there would be no trouble reading traffic signs at any distance.
 
2012-03-16 11:15:48 AM
The Phantom slo-mo camera is all kinds of awesome. But it's no doubt hideously expensive. My impossible dream camera would:

1) Have sufficient resolution to take a wide-angle photo (at say, 8mm focal length) and be able to crop in to a field equivalent to 2000mm focal length with no discernable loss in quality or increase in noise. (Of course, I realize this would be an image size roughly that of the state of Montana and take a gazillion TB of storage space.)

2) Have "after the fact" focusing like the Lytro.

3) Have "after the fact" selectable depth of field and exposure correction.

4) Negligible lens distortion, chromatic aberration, etc.

5) Be able to do macro at greater than 1:1 magnification with in-camera focus stacking.

6) Have superb high ISO capability up to 12800 or so ISO with no noticeable noise.

7) Fit in my shirt pocket.

8) Be able to record short video with the purpose of singling out a still frame with the same quality as described above.

9) Cost $100.

Told ya it was impossible. :-)
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-16 02:45:11 PM
GibbyTheMole

Current cameras are within a small factor of the maximum possible ISO for their sensor size. See the charts at http://home.comcast.net/~nikond70/. Some of them have a line showing the limit if the sensor has no noise and counts every photon.
 
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