Light-field pho­tog­ra­phy: ready for the masses?

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Yes: Libby Plummer

Top-tier smart­phones, in­clud­ing the HTC One M8 and Sam­sung Galaxy S5 are al­ready adding light-field-like el­e­ments to their cam­eras, broad­en­ing the tech’s ap­peal. It’s not just about art­fully blurred snaps of your lat­est burger, though. Light-field tech of­fers other ben­e­fits, such as the abil­ity to use smaller lenses that are able to cap­ture equally large amounts of data for edit­ing. Com­pact cam­eras are sure to want a piece of that.

No: Jeff Parsons

Lytro is still the only com­pany with a con­sumer-ready light-field cam­era on the mar­ket. While the Il­lum is cer­tainly a vast im­prove­ment over the first-gen of­fer­ing, it’s still some­thing of a nov­elty, with limited fea­tures and no video cap­ture. Un­til big cam­era brands start to get in­volved, the tech is go­ing to re­main niche and, most im­por­tantly, ex­pen­sive. Light-field could be the fu­ture, but it will be an en­thu­si­asts’ toy for the forsee­able.

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