Light-field photography: ready for the masses?
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.