In 2012, Lytro introduced the world’s first commercial light field camera and now they’re back with their second stab at the market with the Illum. This one looks more like a conventional camera and is aimed at professional photographers. it’s the first high-end camera to be able to capture the direction, color and brightness of the rays of light within the frame. This gives the shooter the ability to explore his or her work from different perspectives, focal points and dimensions. Compared to the original Lytro camera, the Illum features refined optics, a larger sensor and beefed up computational power. Think bigger pictures and faster processing, giving you the ability to preview the dimensions of every picture right on the camera. On board is the extremely versatile 8x optical zoom 30-250mm equivalent focal lens with a constant f/2.0 aperture and 1:3 macro. You won’t ever have to swap out lenses and it weighs just half a pound so carrying it around is a breeze. Connectivity ports include external shutter release port, hot shoe, tripod mount, removable battery and SD card slot.
The Lytro Illum is available for pre-order now at an introductory price of $1,499 while waiting until the camera officially releases in July will bring forth a pricetag of $1,599.