Lytro Software Finally Hits 2.0

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5 Dec 2012

Lytro 2.0 Software Update

Lytro, the world’s first commercial light field camera, now has finally been updated to 2.0 and with it comes a whole slew of neat updates and abilities to the camera including:

Perspective Shift – interactively change the point of view in a picture
Living Filters – dynamically change the colors and textures of your pictures
Windows 8 64-bit Support
Miscellaneous bugfixes

Meanwhile the desktop software has been updated to 2.0.0, the camera also receives an update to 1.1.1 and the new Perspective Shift feature is pretty darn cool. What also seems to have happened is that Lytro is no longer using an Adobe Flash version and is using HTML5/JavaScript embedded player as well.

While the processing on the perspective shift pictures seem to take a longer time to process, the output will make even the most jaded person go “ooh” the first time. But it’s a gimmick that’s invariably going to be boring sooner than later unless you tap the prior update that included the manual controls as well.

The Living Filters feature is analogous with many Instagram filters, but some add the ability to desaturate background colors while keeping the main focused item or area black and white, then click the background and the foreground goes black and white while the background goes to full color. There’s a few others artistic filters – line art, glass (refraction), blur, film effects and many others – that actually make it cool to test them out but once the novelty goes away, the star of the show will still be the perspective shift. And maybe the Carnival filter – it really plays havoc on your eyesight but in a fun mirror type of way.

Per usual, the recommendation of taking Lytro pictures in a good amount of light, natural or artificial – still remains the case. Lower light pictures will still bring with them a lot of noise. But I’m still loving my Lytro. Just need to get out more and take more pictures with it! Here’s a sample of the new perspective shift by moi.

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