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Have you ever taken a picture, of any kind, and missed focus? Or wished you could have taken it as a 3D picture instead? Panasonic has just patented a new Light Field Sensor which operates at 100% chip resolution. Two speciality camera manufacturers, Lytro and Raytrix, have such cameras now but they only capture the light field at 25% of the chip's full resolution ability.

So what is a light field? It's basically a volume of space where all light rays of all angles and directions are contained...and a Light Field camera can capture that, using a conventional camera and lens, in Panasonic's new patent.

What does it mean for the photographer? It means that it doesn't matter what you focus on when taking the picture. It doesn't matter what aperture you use or what depth of field you get from it. It means that any picture you have taken and stored on your computer can be refocused, at any depth or completely, AFTER THE FACT! You can even convert your 2D picture to 3D. You can do this because the light field sensor captures the entire light field in the full volume you are photographing. Read more here.

http://www.43rumors.com/big-surprise-panasonic-may-creates-a-light-field-camera/
 
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