LYTRO - ! or ? / by James Shanks

Saw this CNN article about the newest Lytro camera: Lytro refocuses with a new $1,600 camera

In case you are unfamiliar with this technology, it allows you to select the focus of an image after you take the photo. Kind of cool but sort of a one trick pony as far as I am concerned. This new camera is supposed to be marketed towards higher end users:

"The company says its new camera is "professional grade" and should appeal to full-time photographers and artists."

Um, I'm not so sure this is such a good idea or what "professional grade" is supposed to mean. Even this new camera yields a very small (4 to 6 megapixel) image that, in my opinion, would be useful for little more than on-screen applications.

I think eventually it could be a useful tool and am glad that there are companies doing this research but for now, well, not so interested.