Daily Deal: First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera

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If you like messing around with cameras and photo-editing tools, it might be time to check out a light field camera. For just $69.99, you can play around with a First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera that generates an image file that can be adjusted and re-focused after you take a shot. With a microlens array, the Lytro takes in more information about the light coming from all distances in the picture. Download the photos, and with the Lytro app, you can re-focus shots, view them in “3D” or change the perspective. Join some light field enthusiasts who are hacking this camera (or just hack your old DSLR). This Lytro camera stores up to 750 photos, and it weighs under 1 pound for easy portability.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Techdirt’s previous ad still lists this item at $80 even though it’s price has now dropped $10.


Roger Strong made an excellent point on that above link, when he said this:

The show stopper for this camera:

The “living pictures” from this camera can only be hosted at pictures.lytro.com. You can embed them on your own site, WordPress or Facebook page – but with the images residing on Lytro’s site.

You cannot *host* them on your own web site – image, viewer and all – with Lytro out of the picture.

That means that to share your pictures, you’re bound by their community guidelines and terms of service. No commercial use for your photos allowed. Nothing THEY consider porn or obscene, or they’ll delete them. You must be 18 or over. Only you can use your account. You may not block links and functions on the player that lead back to their site.

You can’t even display your own photos on your own web site without granting Lytro.com “a non-exclusive, fully-paid, royalty-free, worldwide, sublicensable and transferable license” to use your photos as they see fit, “Display the Lytro trademark with such content”, etc. etc.

Whoa. Not happening.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Also, those links in the article to hacking/jailbreaking this camera are very helpful (and might have prevented some of the negative comments in the previous “Techdirt Deal”) but legally speaking, may have stepped over the line.

First of all, doesn’t the DMCA explicitly outlaw this?

And even if not, doesn’t this open Techdirt up to a potential lawsuit from the manufacturer? The simple fact is that many products, from sub-$100 printers to sub-$10 cellphones are sold at a huge loss, with the expectation that the company will make its money as customers purchase additional (proprietary) products and services –which sell at a high profit margin– from the same company. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve got to question the wisedom of putting DRM-busting information on the same page that the product is sold. It just seems like an open invitation to a lawsuit.

Roger Strong (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Just to clarify: It’s the “living pictures” – which the viewer can refocus etc., – that can only be hosted on Lytro’s site. While giving them the rights to those pictures.

You can still chose the optimal focal point etc. after the picture has been taken, and then save it as a normal jpg. Which can be hosted on your own site without handing over any rights.

On one hand you can’t show anyone the cool refocus-able versions of your pictures that Lytro makes possible (without accepting the licence terms.) And the regular images will be low resolution by today’s standards. On the other hand for some photographers it will be very useful to be able to do this sort of post-production before saving as jpgs.

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