Lytro's non-focus camera is for sale now, delivery after new year. (Only delivered to US, and until further notice, it needs a Mac to process the images.)
Focus-free street shooting, might be kewl, if the quality is indeed up to other quality compacts.
Update: there are indications that the resolution is quite low on this camera. Caveat emptor.
This could be the beginning of a major change in still photography, perhaps bigger than the switch to digital from film.
Of course it won't be perfect to begin with, but this is definitely something I'm keeping an eye on.
Was the very first cart with wheels all that much better than the good old, dependable sledge? Maybe not.
Eolake Stobblehouse said...
The dependance of cameras and lenses to have all the light hitting in exactly the same spot exactly in the film plane has been a big technical bottle neck all along. It's spectacularly difficult to make a lens which does it well, and even then the bulk of the subject will be out of focus normally.