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Lytro Illum Digital Camera

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8x CMOS SDXC 4" Oct 2014
Optical Zoom Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Display Diagonal Release Date
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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16 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at PhotographyBlog.com thought that concluded that they would recommend this Lytro digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Good Owner Reviews

Illum owners on average rated this camera 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 Has Good Camera Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Lytro cameras and also specifically for Lytro cameras and found that in both cases Lytro had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 4 inches, the Lytro Illum has one of the larger display diagonals amongst cameras of this age. The average display diagonal of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.8", and the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 6.7".

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Lytro Illum supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support wi-Fi.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras. The worst memory card type of all cameras of a comparable type and age to the Illum is MicroSD (TransFlash) and the best is SDHC.

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Two Memory Slotss

The Lytro Illum is a two memory slots camera.

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Very Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other cameras that are a similar age to the Illum, the slowest camera shutter speed of the Lytro Illum of 32 seconds is one of the longest. The slowest camera shutter speeds of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Illum range from 8s to 32s.

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Very Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

At only 80, the Lytro Illum has a fairly small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Illum. The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of a similar type and age to the Illum is 80 and the biggest is 200.

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14 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twenty-three expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Techradar the average expert rating of this digital 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 Have an Image Stabilizer

The Lytro Illum does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Illum also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in flash. The Lytro Illum is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Lytro Illum does not support video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Illum also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lytro Illum does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Illum also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lytro Illum does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

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Not Waterproof

The Lytro Illum is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Illum are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

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

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Illum is 2 and the smallest is 36. The Lytro Illum has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 2) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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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 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. Comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Lytro Illum is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80 and 3200 are also supported by this Lytro camera.

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Heavy

The Lytro Illum is fairly heavy (940 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years. The weights of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 50g to 1.3kg.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

The Lytro Illum has a pretty standard optical zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Video
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Package Height
Package Depth
Package Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Certificates
RoHS Compliance

1 Award

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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

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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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