Lytro’s Illum

Lytro’s Illum

Posted On: April 30, 2014
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More than two years after the debut of the company’s first camera, Lytro has come back with its new camera, the Illum, saying that this “advances the light field category from novelty to game-changing visual medium that could one day rival digital and film.”

We humans. Always looking forward or looking back. Rarely in the moment. That’s why the advent of photography seemed so magical to us. We could capture time. Time from the past. But what if we could stay in the moment? What if we could explore a living picture?

Introducing LYTRO ILLUM, the first high-end camera that harnesses the power of light field – capturing the direction, color and brightness of the rays of light within the frame. That means the ability to explore your pictures from different perspectives, focal points and dimensions.

Capture a Deeper Picture

LYTRO ILLUM’s 40 Megaray customized sensor, with Lytro’s patented microlens array technology, unlocks the ability to capture the color, intensity and direction of the light rays flowing into the camera. This allows you to create imagery on a truly experiential canvas. By capturing and harnessing the power of light field, photographers can portray not just a cross-section of reality, but an authentic, interactive window into their world.

Light Field Engine 2.0

LYTRO ILLUM’s powerful on-camera software provides real-time feedback allowing for dramatic composition of every shot.

With tablet-class processing power, LYTRO ILLUM gives you an advanced set of playback controls that allow you to preview the dimensions of every picture right on the camera.

All You Need in Just One Lens

The incredibly versatile 8x optical zoom 30-250mm equivalent focal lens with a constant f/2.0 aperture and 1:3 macro lets you take a wide range of shots without ever having to change your lens. And, with its unrivaled lens weighing in at just half a pound, LYTRO ILLUM gives you precise photographic control with an exceptionally light and agile design.

Compose Your Pictures in a New Way

During image capture an interactive depth feedback display shows the relative focus of all objects in the frame, allowing composition in three dimensions. A real-time color-coded overlay of the live view lets you know which elements of the picture are within the re-focusable range.

Perfect Balance of Tactile Controls and Touch Interface

With a sleek design, LYTRO ILLUM pairs the controls of a high-end camera with a state-of-the-art 4″ touchscreen for ultimate flexibility and control. Now you can compose your living pictures with confidence and explore their possibilities in real time.

Edit, Adjust and Author Your Pictures in New Ways

Lytro desktop tools allow you to explore your living pictures further, including zooming, changing the focus, depth of field and perspective after the picture has already been taken. Now for the first time, you can take advantage of these advanced authoring tools to craft and deliver the story you want to tell with every picture.

The Lytro desktop tools also give you the ability to transform pictures into dynamic animations that can be experienced on desktop, mobile devices and in 3D. That means every nuance, dimension and emotion as envisioned and authored by the photographer.


The camera has key connectivity ports for photographers to bring LYTRO ILLUM into their workflow: WiFi, external shutter release port, hot shoe, tripod mount, removable battery and SD card slot.