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Lytro: A Closer Look at the First Focus-Free Camera [PICS]

By | Posted - Oct. 20, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.

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For those who want to get their hands on a camera that shoots first and focuses later, the countdown has begun. Silicon Valley startup Lytro unveiled its groundbreaking camera Wednesday at a not-too-bad price point of $399. You can order them now on the Lytro website for delivery in early 2012 first-come, first-served.
SEE ALSO: Lytro Interactive Gallery Lets You Try the Magic Yourself
While it is revolutionary technology (see the amazing multi-focus examples in the link above), and Lytro has done its best to make the device consumer-friendly (with just two buttons and a zoom slider) and eminently social (with one-button sharing to Facebook), there are still plenty of questions to be answered. How will the photos look when consumers, not professional photographers, get their hands on them? How many will they sell? What will the magnetic lens cap look like? Will the company sell a case so you can strap it onto your hand, video-camera style? If not, will that rubberized silicone on the end suffice to keep it from slipping out of your hands? Does the battery really last two weeks? Why have a power button when the shutter button turns the camera on anyway?
While youre pondering those questions and thinking about whether you will pre-order and which of the three color choices you prefer, check out our gallery for more details from Wednesdays launch.

A Lytro in the hand ...

Here's the $399 electric blue model, showing the touchscreen where you see your pictures.Click here to view this gallery.
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