There are plenty of great cameras on Android devices, but if the latest rumor is true they are about to get even better. Lytro, the creator of the crazy cool light field camera, is said to be developing an Android-powered camera. This rumor comes from the reliable @evleaks.
What exactly is a light field camera? Lytro’s cameras capture all of the available light in a scene when you take a photo. This means you don’t have to worry about focusing because everything is in focus. After you have taken the photo you can adjust what you want to have in focus, and even slightly adjust the angle of the shot. The photo can be edited as many times as you want. It takes the pressure off getting a shot perfect the first time.
Several Android OEMs have attempted to mimic this feature in their latest devices, but it’s not the same. They use software to take several photos at different depths, and then you basically choose which one has the right focus. The HTC One M8 is closest to the Lytro with its dedicated depth sensor. Still, nothing on the market has come close to what Lytro is doing. An Android powered camera with this technology would be awesome.
The image below was taken with a Lytro camera. Click anywhere to focus, or click and drag to adjust the angles.