Lytro Illum: a new high-end lightfield camera

Lytro announced the Illum - a new high-end lightfield camera that will have a 30-250mm f/2 equivalent lens with 1:3 macro and a price tag of $1,499 (available for pre-order now). Shipping will start in June, 2014. Here are the key technical specs:


  • Custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor
  • 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent)
  • Constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range
  • 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter
  • Extreme close-focus macro capability
  • Combination of tactile-controls and smartphone-class, articulating touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 86mm x 145mm x 166mm; 940 grams
  • Hot shoe supports all leading flashes

Software Platform

  • Virtual camera controls in post-processing including aperture focus and perspective adjustments and physically accurate tilt control
  • Instantly displays 3D photos
  • Integrated sharing to leading social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
  • Library of drag-and-drop cinematic animations, including pan, zoom, focus and perspective shift
  • Interactive depth assist
  • Compatible workflow with leading photo software from Adobe and Apple

Additional information:

Press release:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lytro, Inc., creator of the world’s first consumer light field camera, today announced that it has raised a $40 million round of financing from new investor North Bridge Venture Partners along with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Greylock Partners. Jonathan Heiliger, a partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, will join the company’s board of directors.

“The opportunity to build a new set of creative tools for 21st-century storytelling is monumental and we’re excited to embark on the next phase of our journey,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro. “This additional funding will help fuel Lytro’s continued growth and the expansion of Light Field photography with new products and audiences.” Founder Ren Ng added, “We're thrilled to continue our momentum unleashing the full potential of Light Field Photography and living pictures.”

In February 2012 Lytro began shipping the world’s first consumer Light Field camera that ignited the Picture Revolution. Through a series of free software updates to camera firmware, desktop software, an iOS application, and cloud infrastructure, Lytro has built and refined an ecosystem for creative artists to capture and share stories through living pictures.

“We are excited to partner with Lytro in building the next wave of interactive image capture and sharing,” said Jonathan Heiliger, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “The fun you experience when using a Lytro camera comes from the ability to engage with your photos in ways you never could before. But powering that interactivity is some great software and hardware technology that can be used for everything with a lens and sensor.”

“We are very excited to be backing Ren and Jason to transform photography,” said Ben Horowitz, co-founder and partner, Andreessen Horowitz. “With their breakthrough light field technology, Lytro will enable the world to apply the full power of computers to still and motion pictures.”

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