New camera can re-focus blurry pictures

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 1 (UPI) — A digital camera that looks like no other will allow users to focus or refocus pictures on a computer after they are taken, its California manufacturer says.

Silicon Valley startup company Lytro has begun shipping a camera it says will take “living pictures” that can be manipulated after the fact in a number of ways, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Users will be able to bring everything in the image into focus at once, regardless of depth, or change the perspective from which the picture is seen, or switch a photo back and forth between 2-D and 3-D, Lytro said.

The $399 Lytro camera is a so-called light-field camera, using different technology than traditional digital cameras that allows it to capture and process more, and different, information about the light hitting its lens than other cameras do.

The resulting digital picture file can be manipulated with software both in the camera and on a computer in different ways, Lytro said.

However, its images can’t be imported into standard photo software, only to its own accompanying software that is only available for Mac computers, although a Windows version is in the works, the company said.

Spencer Cameron