If indeed the Lytro camera is produced, and Camera 3.0 is just a misnomer, I would love to have first hand experience on the “shoot first, focus later” imaging device. What is great about this camera is that users can change depth of field (DOF) by clicking any part of the capture image during post processing. Users don’t have to wait to bring a scene into focus before the shutter is pressed.
The photo-strip above shows an image captured with a Lytro camera. In the image on the left, the woman in the foreground is in sharp focus. In the middle image, clicking on the 2nd woman brings her into sharp focus. In the third image on the right, the depth of field is changed to bring the 3rd woman into focus. What this photo strip demonstrates is that this light field camera captures “everything”, thanks to an array of micro-lenses, in which each individual lens behaves like a super-pixel. This is great development.
Readers are invited to read my post, Lytro Light Field Camera — The Camera of the Future? and 3 other related posts to learn more about the concept and the development of this camera system. The Lytro camera could very well becom the All Round Camera. [Read my blog post My Dream All Round Camera — Does it Exist?]