Exclusive: Lytro Reveals Immerge 2.0 Light Field Camera with Improved Quality, Faster Captures

Read the full article by Ben Lang at roadtovr.com

Lytro’s Immerge Light Field camera is meant for professional high-end VR productions. It may be a beast of a rig, but it’s capable of capturing some of the best looking volumetric video that I’ve had my eyes on yet. The company has revealed a major update to the camera, the Immerge 2.0, which, through a few smart tweaks, makes for much more efficient production and higher quality output.

Light-field specialist Lytro, which picked up a $60 million Series D investment earlier this year, is making impressive strides in its Light Field capture and playback technology. The company is approaching Light Field from both live-action and synthetic ends; last month Lytro announced Volume Tracer, a software which generates Light Fields from pre-rendered CG content, enabling ultra-high fidelity VR imagery that retains immersive 6DOF viewing.

Lytro Immerge 2.0
On the live-action end, the company has been building a high-end light-field camera which they call Immerge. Designed for high-end productions, the camera is actually a huge array of individual lenses which all work in unison to capture light-fields of the real world.

At a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley office, Lytro exclusively revealed to Road to VR latest iteration of the camera, which they’re calling Immerge 2.0. The form-factor is largely the same as before—an array of lenses all working together to capture the scene from many simultaneous viewpoints—but you’ll note an important difference if you look closely: the Immerge 2.0 has alternating rows of cameras pointed off-axis in opposite directions.

With the change to the camera angles, and tweaks to the underlying software, the lenses on Immerge 2.0 effectively act as one giant camera that has a wider field of view than any of the individual lenses, now 120 degrees (compared to 90 degrees on the Immerge 1.0).

More… read the full article by Ben Lang at roadtovr.com

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