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Lytro Illum Digital Camera

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8x CMOS SDXC 4" Aug 2015
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LYTRO ILLUM lets you create breakthrough photography, capturing life in a different light. LYTRO ILLUM is the first high-end camera to harness the entire light field to retain the richness and... More
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19 Reasons For

One Industry Award

PhotographyBlog.com endorse this bridge camera digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

User Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this bridge camera digital camera on average 85%.

Nice Design

A few Lytro Illum owners wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “A 4" tilting touchscreen with 400 x 480 pixels and a decidedly modern design”. Howtospendit.ft.com wrote in their review of the Lytro Illum “Awesome design build”. Howtospendit.ft.com also wrote “Stunning industrial design”.

One person who purchased it concluded that it was good looking. Howtospendit.ft.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Living pictures are pretty amazing”.

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Easy to Use

Several customers who bought the Lytro Illum reckoned that it was easy to use. Howtospendit.ft.com said “Huge fun to use”. Howtospendit.ft.com also mentioned “Offers good control”. Howtospendit.ft.com also wrote “Easy to use 4inch touchscreen”.

A number of Lytro Illum owners said in their reviews that the Lytro Illum was easy to handle. Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned “Handling could be improved”. Howtospendit.ft.com also wrote “Good controls and handling”.

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Robust

A few customers considered that the product was well made. Expert review site Stuff.tv gave it a score of 4 stars and said in October last year “It's a product that's generally well made and works as it's supposed to – it's just that people are still figuring out just” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed the Lytro Illum reckoned that it had a good screen. Howtospendit.ft.com said in their Lytro Illum review “Sharp, tilting touch-screen display”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Lytro Illum reviewers concluded that the product had a good zoom. In October last year Howtospendit.ft.com said “Builtin 8x zoom”. Howtospendit.ft.com also wrote “Long zoom range”. One person mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Howtospendit.ft.com wrote “Excellent macro focus” .

Good Size

One Lytro Illum owner wrote in their reviews that it was compact.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers agreed that it was able to produce good images. Techradar.com said in October last year “Out of focus parts of the image really do become sharp before” . Techradar.com also mentioned “Box It's great fun producing images that can be refocused.”. Expert website Theverge.com mentioned two years ago “The last one was made to prove light-field photography is real science”.

One Lytro Illum reviewer who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good picture resolution.

One Lytro Illum owner reckoned that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Photographyblog.com gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Lytro Illum features a 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent) with a constant aperture of f/2, 1/4000 of a secon” in their review of the Lytro Illum.

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Lytro Cameras Have Good Reviews

Lytro bridge cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Lytro is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Very Large Screen Size

The screen size of the Lytro Illum of 4 inches is one of the largest amongst cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The average screen size of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Illum is 3.1".

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Lytro Illum supports WiFi connectivity, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Illum.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Samsung WB2200F[plb_2251598_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Olympus Stylus 1[plb_2096856_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price].

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Very Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Illum is 1,000mAh and the biggest is 3,800mAh. The battery capacity of the Lytro Illum of 3,760 milliamperes * hour is one of the biggest amongst digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Image Format

The Lytro Illum has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this Lytro camera. The image formats RAW are also supported by this camera.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Lytro Illum is more than most bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on bridge cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of cameras of this age and type is 21s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 60s. At 32 seconds, the Lytro Illum has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Illum.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

Comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Illum have flash sync-speeds of between 0.004s and 1s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.67s. The Lytro Illum has one of the shorter flash sync-speeds (only 0.004 seconds) amongst cameras of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

Across all the bridge cameras that have been on the market for more than a year the minimum apertures range from 2 to 22, and the average minimum aperture is 4.4. The Lytro Illum has a quite small minimum aperture (only 2) compared to most of the other cameras that were released one year ago.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of cameras of this age and type is 100. At only 80, the Lytro Illum has a fairly small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Illum.

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22 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-three expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Techradar the average expert rating of this Lytro camera is 68 out of 100.

Poor Product Quality

Several Lytro Illum reviewers said in their reviews that the product was not good quality. Last year Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned “Price can't justify image quality”. Howtospendit.ft.com also wrote “Disappointing image quality”. Howtospendit.ft.com also said “Exported JPEGs are often low quality”.

Poor Support

A number of people wrote in their reviews that the product did not have good technical guidance. Mart Noges mentioned in their review “User manual for end user is poor” .

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lytro Illum does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Illum which support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Samsung WB2200F[plb_2251598_price] or the Olympus Stylus 1[plb_2096856_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Illum have a built-in flash, however the Lytro Illum does not have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Samsung WB2200F[plb_2251598_price] or the Olympus Stylus 1[plb_2096856_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Lytro Illum does not support video recording. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago also do not support video recording.

Other cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to consider include the Olympus Stylus 1[plb_2096856_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Lytro Illum does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than a year ago also do not have a GPS.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Lytro Illum is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that have been available for more than a year are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Illum are not 3D compatible. The Lytro Illum is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Illum is 37x, and the optical zooms range from 0.2x to 83x. With an optical zoom of only 8 times zoom factor, the Lytro Illum has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst digital cameras of this age.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Olympus Stylus SH-2[plb_2898975_price] (24x and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price] (83x and higher rated); or the Kodak Pixpro AZ365[plb_2969015_price] (36x and cheaper).

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

Across all the bridge cameras that have been available for more than a year the maximum apertures range from 2 to 20, and the average maximum aperture is 6.4. The Lytro Illum has one of the bigger maximum apertures (only 2) amongst cameras of this age.

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Lytro Illum is more than most bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Only 2450 X 1634 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Lytro Illum has a 2450 x 1634 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The best image resolution of all cameras of this age and type is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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Only Features Two Light Metering Modes

The number of light metering modes featured on the Lytro Illum is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Lytro digital camera features an Spot light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Illum. The light metering mode "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 384,000 pixels, the Lytro Illum has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Illum the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 670,000 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 3,200, the Lytro Illum has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds amongst bridge cameras of this age. The average maximum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Illum is 10,000, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 26,000.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 250 millimeters, the Lytro Illum has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Illum. Bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the Illum have maximum focal lengths of between 250mm and 2,000mm.

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Only One Supported Battery

The Lytro Illum is a one supported battery digital camera.

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Very Heavy

The weight of the Lytro Illum of 940 grams is one of the heaviest amongst digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Illum. The lightest similar spec digital camera that is a comparable age to the Illum is 270g and the heaviest is 940g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Samsung WB2200F[plb_2251598_price] (618g and cheaper) or the Olympus Stylus 1[plb_2096856_price] (402g and higher rated).

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 30 millimeters, the Lytro Illum has one of the longest minimum focal lengths amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The minimum focal lengths of digital cameras of this type and age range from 20mm to 30mm.

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Very Wide

With a width of 145 millimeters, the Lytro Illum is one of the widest cameras of a comparable age and type to the Illum amongst cameras of this age. The narrowest digital camera of this spec and age is 100mm wide and the widest is 150mm.

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Very Thick

When compared to other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than a year that we have assessed, the Lytro Illum's depth of 166 millimeters is one of the thickest. The depths of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Illum range from 42mm to 170mm, and the average depth is 99mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lytro Illum

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this camera was released.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Lytro digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung WB2200F[plb_2251598_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper) or the Olympus Stylus 1[plb_2096856_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many bridge cameras that are a comparable age to it.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Nikon Coolpix P900[plb_2778224_price] which has better reviews; or the Samsung WB2200F[plb_2251598_price] which is cheaper.

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Specification

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Video
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Expert Reviews

(39)
23 November 2015

The Lytro was more like a science project than a consumer camera, but was utterly fascinating for geeks like moi. This is Lytro's first more-camera-like camera, the Illum, which nevertheless still... Read more…

Living pictures are pretty amazing
Forces you to approach photography in a new way
Desktop app allows extensive editing
Great design
Nice touchscreen
Slow startup time
Not great in low light
Price can't justify image quality
Steep learning curve
Niche gadget
30 September 2015

Photo answers review Photo answers rating In today's world we're accustomed to safety nets. Image stabilisation helps tame camera shake and RAWs allows you to correct exposure errors. Lytro's...

19 August 2015

Specifications...

Meet the Lytro Illum, the second camera from the image refocusing tech company, that's bigger, bolder and looks much meaner than its tiny sibling. With a stunning design, constant f/2 aperture... Read more…

14 April 2015

The Illum: not quite there yet, but an enticing look at the future But that's not to say it's a bad product. Like the first iPad, it's a product that's generally well made and works as it's...

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 20 October 2014 by Egor Nozdrya
Egor Nozdrya would recommend the Lytro Illum (Verified Purchase)

Nice design, great concept. It works. It does that single trick as promised - but not that great for everything else: - Not usable indoor without flash - Too small dynamic range for sunny outdoor,... Read more…

Reviewed 6 December 2015 by LilWoof

While it can be a more specialized camera, it's capabilities give you a unique view on the image you are creating. It provides an entire rang of field to work in and gives you a different view of... Read more…

Reviewed 16 November 2015 by John the retired
John the retired would recommend the Lytro Illum (Verified Purchase)

This amazing camera adds an entire new level to still photography. It has a bit of a learning curve, but well worth the adventure...

Reviewed 30 November 2015 by Archer
Archer would recommend the Lytro Illum (Verified Purchase)

A whole new experience . Understand the concept of capture light through the array is not easy, but I believe that being a pioneer is to be bold . Worth a try!

Light Filed Camera
Good Battery Life
Good in Low Light
Great Resolution
Great Zoom
New Tecnology
Video
Complicated Controls
Poor in Low Light
Slow Zooming Lytro On
Reviewed 1 June 2015 by Ulf Bjurman
(Verified Purchase)

It's an interesting camera. For me it's the first time and a new way of thinking. The program to the Mac is not 100% stable and can not be run on computers with older graphic chipsets.

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