Lytro Illum Light Field Digital Camera

Lytro Illum Light Field Digital Camera

Lytro Illum Light Field Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 40 Megaray Light Field CMOS Sensor
  • Light Field Engine 2.0 & Snapdragon 801
  • 8x Zoom Lens; 30-250mm Equivalency
  • Constant Aperture of f/2.0
  • 4.0" Back-Lit Tilt Touchscreen LCD
  • 1/4000 Second Maximum Shutter Speed
  • 0mm - Infinity Focus Range
  • SD Card Slot; USB 3.0 Port; Hot Shoe
  • Adjusts Focus After Image Capture
  • Adjusts Perspective After Image Capture
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Lytro Illum overview

  • 1Description

The Illum Light Field Digital Camera from Lytro is their second-generation light field camera and offers not only an upgraded 40 megaray sensor but a traditionally-styled camera body and lens barrel with touchscreen LCD control, large grip and hot shoe mount. The Illum is a point-and-shoot camera that utilizes the unique Light Field sensor and the Light Field Engine 2.0 for image capture and processing. With a micro-lens array on the sensor it records the color, intensity and direction of light traveling in every direction throughout a scene and creates "living pictures" in which the focus point can be determined after you have shot the image. In addition to adjusting focus points and depth of field on an image, you can change the point of perspective slightly to the left, right, up or down.

Touchscreen technology allows you to determine the point of focus with just a tap on the camera's LCD monitor or, after the image is transferred to your computer, by clicking on the spot in your image where you want focus. If you decide that you prefer focus on another part of the image, click on that spot in the original image (.lfp file) and save. There is no limit to the adjustments you can make. When exported as a 2D image, the resolution of a 40 megaray image is approximately 4MP. 

An 8x optical zoom lens with the 35mm focal length equivalent of 30-250mm and constant f/2 aperture provide precise control over image capture and the lens barrel features a soft silicone rubber zoom ring and focus ring. Focus range for the Illum is from 0mm to infinity, it can actually focus on a subject touching up against the lens. The dedicated "Lytro Button" next to the shutter release enables a color-coded overlay to appear on the live view LCD image which demonstrates the relative focus and depth of field of your image in order to better recognize the "re-focusable" range.

As the Lytro has a constant f/2.0 aperture, you can control light intake by adjusting ISO sensitivity and shutter speed up to a maximum of 1/4000th of a second. Adjustments are made via 2 customizable buttons, the command dial and on the touchscreen LCD. Exposure and focus lock buttons are provided and Region AF and manual focus are supported.

The Illum features a sleek and spartan unibody form factor with a minimum of buttons and dials. Most camera functions and adjustments are made via the 4.0" touchscreen LCD which can tilt up and down for optimal odd-angle shooting. The camera's back is angled which provides an improved view of the LCD as well as a large hand grip for comfortable and stable usage. An integrated hot shoe mount is compatible with most standard flashes and offers manual and TTL control and an external shutter release port is supported. Images are captured to SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards and a USB 3.0 port enables fast image transfer. It is powered by a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The camera itself is handsome with an aluminum and magnesium alloy build with a silicone rubber hand grip and lens barrel rings for comfort.

Built-in Wi-Fi enables wireless transfer of images to iOS smart devices and living pictures can be easily posted on the Lytro gallery and to Facebook where they can be viewed and adjusted in the same interactive manner as on your own computer or device. With the free Lytro desktop software you can repeatedly adjust the zoom, depth of field, focus and perspective.

Refocus and Change Perspective
The Illum captures an entire light field without a specific point of focus. After image capture, with either a tap on the LCD or a click on your computer, you can set the point of focus for your image. You are able to continuously and repeatedly change the focus point. Aperture, zoom and perspective can also be changed using the Lytro Desktop application.
Light Field Sensor and Light Field Engine 2.0
The Light Field Sensor is uniquely built for the Lytro cameras and places a micro-lens array on top of a CMOS sensor, thus diverting the light rays to different pixels on the sensor, capturing the angular variation among the rays. The sensor records megarays as opposed to pixels. The Lytro Light Field Sensor in the Illum camera captures 40 megarays-or 40 million rays-per picture. The Light Field Engine 2.0 is the integrated software to process light fields, producing interactive re-focusable pictures. When a 40 megaray light field image is converted to 2D the export resolution is approximately 4MP.
Snapdragon 801 Image Processor
The Snapdragon processor provides fast capture and computational speeds and supports the complicated post capture processing of the Illum.
The lens on the Lytro is an 8x optical zoom lens with 9.5-77.8mm focal length which is equivalent to 30-250mm in the 35mm format. It provides a constant aperture of f/2.0. Manual and Region AF are supported and comfortable zoom and focus rings are featured on the barrel. The focus range runs from 0mm to infinity with a macro ratio of 1:3.
Lytro Button
A dedicated "Lytro Button" located next to the shutter release provides a live view color-coded overlay that accurately displays the depth of field of objects within the frame to better understand what objects are within the "re-focusable" range.
LCD Monitor
A 4.0" back-lit LCD display provides image composition and review with touchscreen menu navigation and the ability to select the focus point after shooting. The LCD features dual hinge tilting to tilt up to 90º and down 10º.
A focal plane shutter provides shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second and both single and continuous shooting drives are supported. A self-timer is also available.
The Illum provides a Scene Evaluative metering system with Program, ISO Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure control modes. Exposure compensation, bracketing, exposure lock and clipping warning are all supported.
Camera Body
Unlike the first-generation Lytro camera, the Illum has a traditionally designed camera chassis and lens barrel form factor. It offers an aluminum and magnesium alloy build with a large silicone rubber hand grip. It supports a hot shoe mount compatible with most flash units, a 1/4"-20 tripod socket, SD card slot and a USB 3.0 port. Two customizable buttons and a control dial adjust settings and Focus and Exposure Lock buttons are provided.
Images are stored on a separately purchased SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card.
Import, Upload, Share and Comment
Refocus and edit your images by importing them to your computer with the free Lytro Desktop application via an included USB cable. You can then post your Lytro images to your own personal page on Lytro Web where your pictures will be stored for free and you can also have Lytro Desktop automatically post to Facebook at the same time. Your friends can refocus your images on Facebook. You and others can post comments on living pictures shared publicly in the Lytro galleries.
Built-In Wi-Fi and Lytro Mobile App for iOS
The Lytro Mobile App provides a convenient way to instantly share your living pictures from your iOS device. Built-in Wi-Fi and the free companion app provide sharing to, Facebook, and more. Any picture can also be saved as an auto-playing animated GIF, allowing light field pictures to be emailed or sent via SMS. Camera owners and non-camera owners alike can download the app to view living pictures on their iOS device, including refocusing and perspective shift capabilities. Photos uploaded to can also be viewed on your iPhone or iPad.
In the Box
Lytro Illum Light Field Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable Removable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Standalone Wall Charger
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Neck Strap
  • 2 x Strap Anchors
  • Neutral Density Filter (ND8)
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Desktop Software via Download
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Lytro Illum specs

    Light Field Resolution 40 Megarays
    Sensor 1/1.2" (10.82 x 7.52 mm) Light Field
    File Formats Still Images: LFP
    Max Resolution 7728 x 5368
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Lens Effective Focal Length: 9.5 to 77.8mm (35 mm Equivalent: 30 to 250mm)
    Aperture: f/2.0
    Filter Thread 72mm
    Zoom Optical: 8x
    Focus Range Manual: 0" to Infinity / 0 mm to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    Shutter 1/4000 Seconds 
    Exposure Metering Evaluative
    Exposure Modes Modes: Manual, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority
    White Balance Modes Custom
    Remote Control Cable Shutter Release (Optional)
    Built-In Flash No
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory Card Type SD
    Screen 4.0" LCD Rear Touchscreen Tilt (384,000 Pixels)
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity USB 3.0
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Built In
    Software System Requirements Windows: 7, 8 
    Waterproofing None
    Certifications ROHS
    Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.7 x 3.4 x 6.5" / 144.8 x 86.4 x 165.1 mm
    Weight 2.07 lb / 938.93 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 9.5 x 8.8"

    Lytro Illum reviews

    Illum Light Field Digital Camera is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big toy for macro/close range busy shots Nice design, great concept. It works. It does that single trick as promised - but not that great for everything else: - Not usable indoor without flash - Too small dynamic range for sunny outdoor, bright spots and high-contrast edges tend to create artifacts. Controls are too slow for busy shots with lot of people (like action and sports). May be it just me (I like bright counterlight ones with wide dynamic range). Make no sense for landscape shots (no really refocusable by design except for 1st and last plane) Final picture quality is still mediocre with visible carving artifacts. Too bulky and heavy to be 2nd macro camera. At the end it sits on my shelf, not going for a hike)
    Date published: 2014-10-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting conecpt to explore, not really a useful camera I purchased this when deeply discounted and realized how fortunate i was not to have paid $for it. It is a very interesting concept and under the precisely correct subject staging and lighting produces a cool result. The camera is too heavy and bulky to use in most applications and the re-composible photo it produces can only be appreciated thru the web browser screen interface. The weak point of the system is that the jpeg output resolution and software depth composition artifacts do not produce a usable file for standard display and printing options. If you are not prepared to embrace its living photo screen viewing concept this camera is not for you. Save your money, don't fall for a deep discount to induce a purchase.
    Date published: 2016-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cool camera While it can be a more specialized camera, it's capabilities give you a unique view on the image you are creating. It provides an entire rang of field to work in and gives you a different view of how to compose an image with more 3 demention to it. You can also edit down your depth of field to a single point, where usually you have a focus plane that stretches across the image. Better control of the strength of blur really let's you control how much the image pops out at you. It is also amazing for macro photography, both for focal point and focus adjusting on your subject, not matter what the available light dictates your settings must be.
    Date published: 2015-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Concept...great flexability I purchased the Illum camera with the thought of avoiding focus stacking. My thought being that if I could change the focal point after the shoot, I could somehow replicate then stack the images in post production. This worked great for that purpose and the images had good problem is that I print most of my images and the low megapixel output didn't give me an image I could blow up very large. If you shoot and don't print large images, this is a great choice
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Specialty camera for close up work I have both sizes of Lytros and the Illum is way more powerful in manual controls and composition on camera, plus the obvious resolution increase. It is not great for mid to long distance work due to the low resolution and long processing time on your PC. However, it does wonders close up. Being able to dial in the exact depth of field and focal plane after taking the photo is incredible. It also takes good 3D images for a single lens system. The two attached JPG images are exported from the same raw file with the aperture and focus adjusted.
    Date published: 2017-01-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inexpensively explore light field photography This is not a regular camera. It's a fascinating science project that lets you explore capturing light fields instead of static pictures. In light field images, you can refocus after the picture is taken, you can sharpen and blur any part of the picture afterwards. The Lytro Illum is a great educational tool that teaches about f-stops, depth of field, and composing fascinating foreground/background pictures. Note that while there is a 40mp sensor, actual extracted still pictures are only 4mp. The camera is large and heavy, has a great lens with terrific macro, a responsive 4-inch touch screen, and terrific complementary desktop software. The Illum used to cost $1,400, so it's a steal at the current price (dropped because Lytro is no longer making consumer cameras now). But again, this is an experimental camera. Google and check the Lytro website first to see if it's for you.
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Bag To begin with, my impression of this camera is a little tainted by the fact that I'm primarily a videographer who has been working with a GH4 for the last year. What can I say... I'm spoiled by affordable 4K. That being said, I also do a lot of animation and manipulation of stills for the company I work for, and I use a lot of 2.5D type animation. The idea of having a camera that does most of that work for me got me excited because it means that it would cut down on the time I have to spend in Photoshop intricately cutting away layers and clone stamping the open spaces to create depth.I loved the idea that this could add a new dimension to my work and storytelling, and many of the testimonials on the Lytro website are touting that ability. However, I feel like this is much like 3D in the early 60s. More of a novelty than an artistic tool at this point.I have to give this three stars based solely on the technology. If I didn't fully believe that the next generation will be far superior I would probably give this camera a single star. Took it for a test drive and the setbacks by far outweighed the benefits. Thus the price that is now reduced to $... permanently?Pros: cool design (if Darth Vader had a camera, it would look like this), fascinating tech, a nice big screen.Cons: Let me enumerate.1. Everything has to be lit perfectly and evenly. If you're a fashion photographer this is easy. If you're in the documentary world, as I am, this is impossible. As I mentioned, I'm a primarily a videographer. But when I do take stills, it is usually on the fly. I shoot from the hip. Rarely am I afforded the opportunity to think about how I am arranging the scene in front of me. There is almost zero low light response on this camera. The reason that everything must be perfectly lit:2. Atrocious dynamic range. I do not use that adjective hyperbolically. Either the whites are blown out or the blacks are darker than crude oil. This contributes to the problems that the editing software has in distinguishing depth. If there are two similar dark colors at much different distances in the same space within the frame, the software will often pull pieces of the much more distant color and include them in the layer that is closer generating significant and obvious digital artifacts. Which leads me to my next point: software.3. While the software does allow you to make quick and pretty cool animations, I want more control. If there were a way I could manipulate what is included in each layer manually I wouldn't be upset with the artifacts generated by the poor dynamic range. But no dice. A second tier Lightroom-type program just doesn't cut it when you need to get down to the pixel by pixel nitty-gritty. Honestly, I could create better depth in After Effects and Photoshop from any given still taken on a super 16 sensor.4. Resolution. Pretty certain my 2006 flip phone took better pictures where the size of the image is concerned. Sure, the sensor is 40 megapixels (or 40 megarays which means nothing since there isn't anything to compare it to), but the 4 megapixel output images simply do not work on a professional level.Anyway, I could go on, but the bottom line is that the technology is just not quite there yet for what I need to do. Almost there, but not. I'm extremely excited for their next generation of still cameras, and you can sign me up for it now, but this camera is going right back in it's well designed packaging and heading back to where it came from.
    Date published: 2016-01-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting introduction to light field photogrpahy The camera promises some very interesting capabilities. Anticipate quite a steep learning curve. My first session with Lytro was looking at macro type images compared with both iPhone 7 and Canon 7D MkII with 100-400 MkII zoom. One subject was a thistle at about 8 feet. The Lytro focus point was too large to capture the image successfully without constantly reverting to the background. In contrast the Canon immediately snapped to sharp focus throughout the entire zoom range. In another general view shot of a beaver dam, the iPhone had a sharper image than the Lytro. Other shortfall is a lack of documentation on how to use the desktop software. With a moderately fast PC with 6 Gig RAM each individual 50 Meg image took 2 minutes to upload and process each image. However the camera offers interesting capabilities for creative macro nature photography. By Spring I hope to be more familiar with the camera to see how it will perform with nature photography. Since light field technology may be a significant factor in the future, working with Lytro now is a good way to get up on the step for future capabilities. Tony Northrup has a good review of the camera.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
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