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Lytro Illum Digital Camera

$399.95
Compact Camera 11MP 8x CMOS Aug 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
High price
Disappointing image quality
64 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
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Very Expensive

One owner said in their reviews that it was expensive. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Very expensive” and gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.


Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of review sites PhotographyBlog.com recommend this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Average User Reviews

On average, based on 26 user reviews this compact camera has an overall user rating of 75 out of 100. 72% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Average Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 68% based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and Techradar.

Lytro Only Has Unexceptional Camera Reviews

We checked 137 expert and user reviews (including 29 verified purchases) for Lytro digital cameras and found that on average Lytro has unexceptional ratings. We also found that Lytro has unexceptional ratings specifically within its compact cameras range. 69% of those that bought a Lytro digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Awesome Design Build

Six customers wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Qualit de construction”. Digital Versus wrote three years ago “Awesome design build” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100. Expert review site Stuff.tv rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “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”.

Great Design

Eight owners who bought the product concluded that it was well designed. Pc Mag wrote “Stunning industrial design” in their review of this digital camera. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “With a stunning design, constant f/2 aperture lens”. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Digital Versus “A 4" tilting touchscreen with 400 x 480 pixels and a decidedly modern design” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100.

Three customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned “Living pictures are pretty amazing” in their review of this digital camera. Last year See More said on Bhphotovideo.com “While the software does allow you to make quick and pretty cool animations, I want more control”. See More also wrote “Pretty certain my 2006 flip phone took better pictures where the size of the image is concerned” in her review.

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Huge Fun to Use

Ten customers who bought it said that it was easy to use. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Easy to use 4inch touchscreen”. Trusted Reviews wrote “Offers good control” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar mentioned “Intuitive controls” in their review of this digital camera.

One person said that the Lytro Illum was easy to handle. Ephotozine mentioned “Good controls and handling”. One customer concluded that this digital camera had a good interface.

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Disappointing Image Quality

Seven people thought it was not good quality. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Disappointing image quality” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Ephotozine mentioned “Exported JPEGs are often low quality”. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Poor Image Quality”.


Audio

Noisy

One customer who reviewed the Lytro Illum said that it was noisy. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Too Noisy Indoor”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed the Lytro Illum said that it was noisy. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Too Noisy Indoor”.


Display

Very Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 3", and the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4". When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago that we have checked, the Lytro Illum's display diagonal of 4 inches is one of the largest.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Lytro Illum has a touchscreen. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a touchscreen.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 100,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 930,000 pixels. At only 384,000 pixels, the Lytro Illum has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Lytro Illum supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon DL, the Sony RX10 III, or the Fujifilm X30.

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Power

Battery Life

Two people considered that it had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their Lytro Illum review “Good Battery Life”.


Groes Display

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the Lytro Illum had a good screen. Howtospendit.ft.com said two years ago “Groes Display” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag three years ago “Sharp, tilting touch-screen display” but despite that they only gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Four years ago Gjs wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “* Larger, brighter direct sunlight friendly preview screen” in their review of this digital camera.

Builtin 8x Zoom

Eight people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Howtospendit.ft.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Zoom 30250 mm 2 constant” . Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Builtin 8x zoom” . Howtospendit.ft.com also said “Lichtstarkes Zoom” in their review.

Two owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good lens. Digital Versus mentioned “30250mm lens with constant 2”. Pc Mag mentioned “Constant 2 aperture lens” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner wrote that it had a good autofocus. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Excellent macro focus”.

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Interactive Images

Nineteen customers considered that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera “Video creation from still images”. Ephotozine also said “Interactive images” in their review. Howtospendit.ft.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Forces you to approach photography in a new way” .

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Trusted Reviews wrote “Much higher resolution than first Lytro” in their review of the Lytro Illum but they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Bhphotovideo.com rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and said “Great Resolution”. See More mentioned “The sensor is 40 megapixels (or "40 me” but even so she gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website 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”.

One person thought it was good in low light. Bhphotovideo.com scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Good in Low Light” in their review of this digital camera.

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No Video

Five people reckoned that the Lytro Illum was not good for video recording. Three years ago Pc Mag gave it a score of 2 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Lacks video support”. Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Can't shoot video”. Ephotozine mentioned “Video recording not available this would be amazing”.

No On-Board Flash

Three people who reviewed the Lytro Illum wrote that it did not have a good flash. Pc Mag rated this digital camera 40 out of 100 and said on PC Mag three years ago “No on-board flash” in their review of this digital camera. Egor Nozdrya said “Not usable indoor without flash - Too small dynamic range for sunny outdoor, bright spots” in their review of this digital camera.


Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Lytro Illum has a hand strap, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Lytro Illum has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Lytro Illum has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Camera

Features Brightness Adjustment

The Lytro Illum features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Lytro Illum has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Supports Live View

The Lytro Illum supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The Lytro Illum features histogram. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lytro Illum does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-HX90V.

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Ports & Interfaces

3 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 3 USB version, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Lytro Illum has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Small and Compact

Five people who bought the Lytro Illum considered that it was compact. Ephotozine said “Small and compact” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “At £400 was pretty expensive for a product that promised to solve the ‘problem’ of focusing for consumers – especially as even the cheapest digital compact cameras have pretty s” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Joeolympio wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I must say that it was easy to use and small/compact, even well constructed”.

Four customers who purchased the product wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on expert website What Digital Camera three years ago “It's a chunky, futuristic looking device with a large cylindrical lens barrel”. Egor Nozdrya said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Too bulky and heavy to be 2nd macro camera” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Brian wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The camera is too heavy and bulky to use in most applications”.

Two owners said in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Howtospendit.ft.com wrote “Mooie futuristische body met minimalistische interface”. One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was good structurally.

One owner who bought it reckoned that it was lightweight. Two years ago Matsugawa wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It's extremely well built, feeling very solid yet lightweight in the hands”.

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Heavy

The Lytro Illum is one of the heavier compact cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera (940 grams) amongst compact cameras of this age. Compact cameras that were released around the same time as this camera have weights of between 180g and 1.1kg, and the average weight is 420g.

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Lens System

Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of compact cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 9.4. At only 2, the Lytro Illum has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Lytro Illum has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (30 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that came out more than a year ago. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that are a similar age to this camera range from 24mm to 30mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the Lytro Illum has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the DSC-RX1RM2 (8.3x and higher rated), or the DSC-RX10M2 (8.3x and higher rated) both from Sony or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 (10x and higher rated).

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Picture Quality

Only 2450 X 1634 Pixels Image Resolution

The Lytro Illum has a 2450 x 1634 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution. Cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera maximum image resolutions range from 2560 х 1280 pixels to 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Lytro released the Illum.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00854928003779

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