Lytro cameras that captures light vectors in a unique way announced their first set of practical Lytro cameras in 8 GB & 16 GB formats, completely compatible with Apple Mac computers (Windows version of the processing software is being developed now).
The price of the first Lytro cameras start from US$ 399 for the 8GB & US$499 for the 16GB cameras with a fixed lens with 8x optical zoom & a constant aperture of f/2 built into an aluminum shell.
The first set of Lytro cameras uses the Lytro Light Field Sensor and Lytro Light Field Engine 1.0 with an internal flash drive of 8GB or 16GB capacity. These cameras are only available in blue, graphite & red colors for now.
The Lytro light field cameras do not look like the conventional cameras either. Unlike the consumer grade pocket cameras or the professional photography cameras, the Lytro cameras have a dimension of 1.61 in x 1.61 in x 4.41 in (41 mm x 41 mm x 112 mm) & weighs less than half a pound.
The Lytro Light Field camera body is made out of anodized aluminum & has a Silicon Rubber grip for easy handling. The box also contains a 3 feet wrist strap & a 1 m micro-USB cable for transferring photos to your computer. The photos can be processed only by the dedicated software.
A free desktop application for importing, processing and interacting with living pictures from the camera comes with the purchase for Mac OS and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A Windows application is in development.
Since Lytro light field cameras do not need to focus the lens before the shutter click, its considerably faster than any traditional cameras. Without an auto-focus motor, the Lytro’s instant shutter means you don’t lose time focusing. Plus, with instant power on, you can capture the perfect moment. The 11 Megarays resolution sensor created high definition interactive, living pictures that can be processed using the desktop software later on.
More details are available on the Lytro Camera page.