At NAB 2015, Sony didn’t have any big camera news – the FS7 had their US premiere but it has already been in the market for a while since it was introduced about 6 months ago.
However, we discovered something really interesting, an easy oversight, when Sony’s Bill Drummond was giving us a walk-through at their booth: the Sony X180, a semi-shoulder camcorder similar to the dated EX3, features an extremely intriguing feature that we have never seen in another camera before:
It’s a unique kind of combination of an electronically controlled fader ND that automatically adjusts to the exposure set by the aperture that can be adjusted manually. The effect is an image that seemingly keeps the same exposure but the depth of field changes as the aperture is adjusted.
This kind of combination is something we haven’t seen before in a camera and it allows creators to make shots that we truly haven’t seen before. For now, this is only in the X180 camera but we can clearly see this being implemented into future Sony cameras down the line. How and if this can be integrated into interchangeable lens cameras remains to be seen though.
The Lytro Illum is the long anticipated camera that brings light-field technology to a professional level. Light field technology allows you to precisely choose your desired focus point in post production so there’s no need to focus on your lens. Sam Tellman also talked to us about the possibilities of Lytro video in the future.
If you’re interested in the science behind lightfield technology check out this article we wrote a few years back when Lytro was first introduced.
The amazing thing about the Lytro Illum is that this camera is no more a toy, but now gives you full creative possibilities that we have never before seen in photography.
Sam Tellman elaborated how Lytro Video may soon revolutionise the way we shoot video. Not only would there be no more need for focusing, but also things like slight changes in perspective and single sensor 3D would become a reality. Just think about the possibilities like enabling the viewer to decide where to focus when he watches a movie instead of the clumsy way 3D currently works. This technology may very well revolutionise the way we watch movies making their brainwash power even more effective. Yay.
The Lytro Illum is available for pre-order and it will arrive at the end of September and cost $1.599 (including the F/2.0 lens).