I may not be much of a photographer, but the Lytro is endlessly fascinating to me. Perhaps the first iteration boasts some flaws, but it seems the guiding technology is here to stay. David Pierce reports for The Verge:
There’s no doubt in my mind that Light Field cameras are the future of photography, or at least part of the future. Light Field photography gives you photos that are so immersive and manipulable that it’s quickly easy to forget that 2D photos are useful at all, and the technology is only going to get better as the processing ability and software in the cameras get more powerful and mature. We’ve heard about a Lytro for video, and rumors have flown that we’ll start seeing the technology in smartphones — it really seems like the sky’s the limit here.
As with many first editions, it appears the hardware is somewhat lacking. Pierce specifically highlights a poor screen and various inconsistencies in performance as central issues, but ultimately concedes that the basic philosophy is set to define photography for the foreseeable future.
If Lytro can push out a compelling second iteration, I imagine they will have a great many people willing to jump aboard.