When Lytro introduced its first Light Field camera, it was hard to consider it as more than just a novelty. Lytro has since gone back to the drawing board and come up with the ILLUM, an incredible step up from what was an awkward toothpaste box of a device to something creative professionals could consider using as a tool for work.
The new ILLUM boasts incredible specs for a light field camera, packing a 40MP light field sensor and a fixed f2.0 30-250mm lens into what I can only describe as a body which is a cross between a Blackmagic pocket cinema cam and a NEX camera from Sony. On top of this, the ILLUM supports a 1/4000s high speed shutter, has a hotshoe that supports just about all flashes and triggers and supports extreme close-focus macro capabilities.
Where the light field cameras excel is of course also in the software suite that makes the pictures it takes come to life. You can adjust various focus after the photo was shot as per the previous iteration of the camera but now you can also adjust other parameters like tilt, perspective shift as well as depth of field. Also new in this iteration of the software is the capability to view images in 3D, build custom animations as well as letting photographers use tools like Photoshop and Lightroom to edit their photos.
The Lytro ILLUM is said to be coming out in July 2014 and will retail for a pretty decent US$1,599