February 29, 2012

Do Lytro Photos Taken From Far Away Work?

Do Lytro photos taken from far away work? Can you refocus by clicking different parts of the photo?
 
Check Lytro photos taken by AllThingsD at the Mobile World Congress.

For photos of distant scenes, a Lytro photo looks just like a regular camera photo. There is no difference. You cannot refocus by clicking on different parts of the photo (perhaps because the pixels from different parts of the scene travel about the same distance). Lytro is not useful in this case.

For example, check the photo below at Lytro’s website (click it). You cannot refocus by clicking on different parts of the photo.


Now, try a Lytro photo of a nearby object.



It shows the same results – there is no significant refocusing by clicking on different parts of the photo. Again perhaps because all objects in the scene are about the same distance from the camera.

Compared to these, Lytro’s demo photos work very well, maybe because their scenes have objects at varying distance from the camera and with significant variations in distance.

Is Lytro effective only in such scenes that include objects at significantly varying distances from the camera?


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