Good news, light field fans. After nine-odd months of burning, pining and perishing for the sexy Lytro light field camera, your wait is over. They’re coming to Australia on 10 October. Where can you get them and how much?
For those not familiar with Lytro and why it’s such a big deal, here’s what you need to know. Lytro is a rectangular prism-shaped camera that captures photos that you can focus after the fact. It captures the full spectrum of light in front of the lens so that no matter where you tap on the picture afterwards, you can refocus in incredible detail.
That long body houses loads of tiny lenses which actually serve to break up the light as it hits the sensor so the processor — which normally was the size of a supercomputer five years ago — can disseminate and process the image.
Enough with the science, though. Where can you get it?
Well, from October 10 you can only get it from selected retailers. No mass-market launches here just yet. Here’s the list:
• Queensland: Bentleys Camera House (Indooroopilly, Robina, Carindale), Digital Camera Warehouse (Brisbane)
• Western Australia: Camera Electronic (Perth)
• Victoria: Croydon Camera House (Croydon), Digital Camera Warehouse (Melbourne), Michaels (Melbourne CBD), Myer (Chadstone)
• South Australia: Diamonds (Adelaide)
• New South Wales: Digital Camera Warehouse (Sydney), Paxtons (Sydney CBD, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Chatswood), The New Camera House (Lismore), Myer (Sydney CBD)
• Tasmania: Myer (Tasmania)
• Canberra: Myer (Canberra)
The blue and silver models house 8GB (350 pictures) worth of storage and the sexy red model packs 16GB (750 pictures). The 8GB will set you back $499, while the 16GB will run you a total of $599.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to review this thing. What do you want to see pictures of?