Lytro finally expands to support a segment of Windows users

lytro
Lytro

Announced on the official Lytro blog, the camera company has released a Windows version of the software that comes with the Lytro camera. Prior to today, only consumers with a Mac computer were able to use the Lytro desktop application with their Lytro light-field camera. However, there is a restriction to the updated Windows support. Only consumers using a 64-bit version of Windows 7 will be able to to use the software. While it does work with 64-bit versions of Windows Home, Professional and Ultimate, anyone with a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or any version of Windows prior to that will be unable to use the software and the camera. According to the official FAQ regarding the new Windows support, “memory allocation limitations” within the 32-bit version of Windows 7 is the issue. The new Windows version of the software also requires an Intel Core 2 Duo, at least 2GB of RAM and DirectX 10 support. 

lytro camera coming to amazon target best buyWhile any 64-bit Windows 7 user can currently download the software for free, it’s basically useless until the user also purchases the Lytro camera. Once photos have been uploaded from a Lytro camera to the desktop application, a user can organize the photos within groups called “Stories” and choose to upload the photos to Facebook after performing some limited editing on each photo. According to a previous statement from the company, Lytro is also working on adding the ability to make slight focus adjustments within the software as well as include support for “3D photo output”.

While Lytro is offering free shipping on the camera to celebrate the launch of the Windows software, the cost of the camera is still significant. The 8GB version of the camera holds 350 pictures and is priced at $399.99. In addition, the 16GB version of the Lytro camera holds 750 pictures and is priced at $499.99. Alternatively, an entry level dSLR camera like the Canon EOS Rebel T3 or the Nikon D3100 can be purchased for about $499.99 from a retailer like Amazon.

lytro depthAlso announced today, Lytro has released two brand new accessories for the small light-field camera. Pricing both at $19.95, Lytro users can buy a USB wall charger that reduces recharge time by approximately 30 percent as well as a tripod mount that slides over the camera and can be attached to any standard 1/4-20 tripod stud.

Due to the size and light weight of the camera, a popular choice for a tripod could be the Joby GorillaPod. With the flexible, strong arms of the GorillaPod, a Lytro user could wrap the legs around nearly anything for more interesting angles when shooting.

In a related story, Qualcomm’s Tim Leland indicated that the Adreno 320 GPU should be able to produce light-field photography according to PCMag. Specifically due to the processing power and the OpenCL capability, smartphones could offer similar features to the Lytro camera in the future. However, smartphone manufacturers will have to develop the image capture hardware in addition to a lens system that would be able to produce light-field style photos. If this technology does come to smartphones, the touch interface of a smartphone would be ideal for refocusing photos as well as sharing new photos to social feeds.

Computing

Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 one year from now

Microsoft is set to end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, putting a halt on the free bug fixes, and security patches for most who have the operating system installed. 
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Mobile

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Computing

Problems with installing or updating Windows 10? Here's how to fix them

Upgrading to the newest version of Windows 10 is usually a breeze, but sometimes you run into issues. Never fear though, our guide will help you isolate the issue at hand and solve it in a timely manner.
Photography

Going somewhere? Capture more than your phone can with the best travel cams

Hitting the road or doing some globetrotting this year? Bring along the right camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories. Here's a list of some of our current favorites.
Photography

From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

Although not as popular as they once were, dedicated video cameras still have their benefits. From travel vlogging to home movies to recording your kid's little league game, here are the best video cameras you can buy right now.
Photography

Authentic, holistic, retro photography is in: Here are 2019’s predicted trends

What types of imagery are we most drawn to? According to recent stock photography data from Adobe, StoryBlocks, and Shutterstock, authentic, holistic, and humanitarian content will be in high demand in 2019.
Photography

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Photography

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.
Photography

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…
Photography

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…
Photography

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.