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Lytro Illum

alaTest has collected and analyzed 121 reviews of Lytro Illum. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and design. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. The memory and storage get mixed opinions, and some have doubts about the image stabilizer and sensor.

usability, portability, performance, design, image quality

size, viewfinder, low-light, sensor, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Lytro Illum is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Lytro Illum


alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Lytro Illum from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the image quality and usability. The performance and design are also appreciated. The exposure and image stabilizer get less positive comments. There are mixed opinions on the sensor and viewfinder.

portability, design, performance, usability, image quality

reliability, size, low-light, stabilizer , exposure

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Lytro Illum review


Sure, the Lytro Illum's ability to refocus an image is still cool, but it's not enough to justify the high price and so-so image quality.

We had high hopes for the Illum, since the light-field technology really wowed us at the beginning. Granted, the technology is still nascent and one to watch, and Lytro has promised more products are on the way. (We could also see the technology in...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Lytro Illum


The Lytro Illum lures buyers with the promise of refocusable images, but its image quality is disappointing and its price sky high.

Stunning industrial design. Long zoom range. Sharp, tilting touch-screen display. Constant f/2 aperture lens.

Stunning industrial design. Long zoom range. Sharp, tilting touch-screen display. Constant f/2 aperture lens. ; Disappointing image quality. Physically large. Expensive. Refocus capability has limited uses. Limited wide-angle coverage. Lacks video...

The rear LCD is mounted on a hinge, which is useful for capturing images from low and high angles alike. But it doesn't face all the way forward for light-field selfies. It's larger than the displays that you'll find on most digital cameras—4 inches...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : David Pierce (

Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future


Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I'm throwing out everything I've ever learned about photography. Taking great photos with this camera has a different set of rules, a different guiding...

Cool, futuristic design ; Light-field photography is the future ; Helpful tools for showing you how to shoot ; Perfect shots feel like magic

Hardware and software both way too buggy ; Expensive ; Images are heavy, and slow to import and edit ; Misses the perfect image more often than it gets it

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Richard Butler (

Lytro Light Field Camera


There was a lot of excitement when the New York Times wrote about a small company promising to make focus errors a thing of the past. A camera that allowed you to focus after you take the picture. Its subject was Lytro, a startup promising to make its...

Feb, 2012


Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Lytro Illum Review


The Lytro Illum is is a new light field camera for professional users that creates “living pictures”. The Lytro Illum features a 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent) with a constant aperture of f/2, 1/4000 of a...

While the more cautious and cynical might harbour a suspicion that this thus-far-unique device could turn out to be an expensive toy for someone – the photographer who has everything perhaps - its territory feels so uncharted that in truth we ran the...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : TrustedReviews (

Lytro Illum


Focus your shots, after taking them

Capable of amazing effects ; Much higher resolution than first Lytro ; Offers good control

Slow software processing ; Very expensive ; Resulting images remain low-res

The third, but perhaps least interesting, results you can produce are stereoscopic 3D JPS files.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by (

Lytro Illum review


Meet the insane sci-fi camera that never takes an out-of-focus shot

Living pictures are pretty amazing ; Forces you to approach photography in a new way ; Desktop app allows extensive editing

Slow startup time ; Not great in low light

By no means an essential purchase, but proof that light field cameras can be viable consumer products

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Lytro Illum review


Why focus before taking the shot when you can do it afterwards?

Huge fun to use ; Produces unique 'living images' ; Intuitive controls

Expensive ; Rather awkward handling ; Small image size

It's great fun producing images that can be refocused, but there's a high cost and the images can only be viewed at fairly small size, but it's just possible that this is a taste of the future of photography.

Jan, 2015

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Lytro Illum


The LYTRO ILLUM “light field” camera is a unique imaging platform that is driven by software that enables a selection of the depth of field of an image after exposure is made, ranging from what would be achieved by using f/1 to f/16 during exposure....

Expert review by : Jonathan Margolis (

Lytro Illum


A creatively original camera with collectors' cachet

Nov, 2015

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