Because blurry pictures are only worth like, three hundred words, amateur photographers can now rejoice in the existence of the Lytro: a fool-proof image snapper which allows post-capture focus adjustments, negates the perfect-moment-missing lag of focusing, and marks the greatest advance in photography since the digital camera quashed the need to
get all of your naked photos from that weird trip to Bakersfield developed waste an hour at Target.
What new evil is this? Not the slimmed-down version of an American Gladiator, these little rectangular-prism-sniper-scope-resembling cams weigh in at under 8oz, operate with push button simplicity, zoom up to 8x, utilize no auto focus (thus cutting out shutter delay), and pwn normal cameras by capturing the entire light field rather than a paltry single plane.
Is it magic? Well, it's science-magic achieved through an aperture set at a constant f/2 so the innovative “Light Field Sensor” can capture the maximum amount of light (think 5 million, then think double that!), recording not only color, but intensity and vector direction as well, which is all decoded to create a tweakable masterpiece using internal software and “sophisticated algorithms”, mostly because simple-minded algorithms can barely function. (Zing!)
Can I trick other people into thinking I'm actually a photo wizard? While your obsession with magic is troubling, they do make it super easy to share the images on the web and through Facebook, where pictures are only worth two words: likes this.