Lytro camera finally releases Windows client

Several months ago, we were introduced to the Lytro light field camera. The product, which looks more like a lipstick container than a camera, had technology that, in the simplest terms, allowed users to focus on elements in a picture after that picture has been taken. The product officially launched in February 2012 but until today, the company has only offered a desktop client for Mac users.

Today, Lytro's blog announced that it has finally released a Windows desktop application. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Windows client is only for Windows 7 64-bit users. It will also require that your PC has an Intel Core 2 Duo or better processor, along with at least 2GB of RAM and a graphics card that can handle DirectX 10 or better.

Today's Windows client announcement also comes with word that, for this week only, shipping cost for the Lytro camera have been cut to zero. The camera comes in 8 GB black and blue versions for $399 or a red 16 GB version for $499. You can also purchase two new Lytro accessories starting today, namely a Lytro tripod mount and a USB wall charger for $19.95 each.

Source: Lytro blog | Image via Lytro

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Other than a novelty item, there really isn't anything about this. You can make the foreground in focus, but the background is blurry and vice versa. Until the price is down to around 99 bucks, not worth it. Eventually, it will be in smartphones or similar point & shoot cameras, but right now, it's just not worth it. You can't control the DOF, not worth it.

according to "OVI" it doesn't work with windows 8 release preview...
It is windows 7 (OS version) specific release, not DX10 / Core2 Duo dependant

Tikimotel said,
according to "OVI" it doesn't work with windows 8 release preview...
It is windows 7 (OS version) specific release, not DX10 / Core2 Duo dependant

OS version specific? I can understand the 64bit only part but that's just ****ty programming if only works on Windows 7.