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Lytro Illum Digital Camera

£1,089.99
£439.00 £650.99 cheaper than 9 days ago
Compact Camera 11MP 8x CMOS Aug 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Disappointing image quality
Focus can be slow
80 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
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High Price

Five owners wrote in their reviews that the Lytro Illum was not good value for money. Website Digitaltrends.com said “Price can't justify image quality” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 50 out of 100. Ephotozine mentioned “High price”. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Its image quality is disappointing and its price sky high”.


Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at review sites PhotographyBlog.com recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and Techradar this Lytro digital camera has an overall expert rating of 68%.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 31 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 77 out of 100. 72% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Unexceptional Brand

Based on 137 expert and user reviews (including 29 verified purchases), Lytro has unexceptional ratings for its digital cameras. Lytro also has unexceptional ratings specifically within its compact cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 69% of those that bought a Lytro camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Lacks Image Stabilisation

Ten customers who reviewed it wrote that it was not able to produce good images. Digital Versus said “Takes way too long to import photos” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Three years ago Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Software slow to import images”. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Small Image Size” but despite that they scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Five owners considered that it was not good in low light. Website Howtospendit.ft.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Not great in low light”. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Poor Low Light Response” nonetheless they gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Cas rated the product 3 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Not too good in low light either”.

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Focus Can Be Slow

Three owners who reviewed the product agreed that it did not have a good autofocus. Ephotozine said “Focus can be slow”. Satyaa wrote in their Lytro Illum review on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The re-adjustment of focus as described is not easy to use”.

Two owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Ephotozine mentioned “Lacks image stabilisation” but they gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Two customers who purchased the product considered that it did not have a good zoom. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Limited Zoom” but despite that they scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. They also wrote “Zoom Control Lags At Time” in their review.

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No Video

Four owners considered that the product was not good for video recording. Website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Can't shoot video”. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera “Lacks video support” and gave it a score of 2 stars out of 5. Ephotozine mentioned “Video recording not available this would be amazing”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good screen. Gjs gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “* Larger, brighter direct sunlight friendly preview screen”. See More mentioned “A nice big screen” in her review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was August 2015 when this camera was released.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Lytro Illum supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago also support Wi-Fi.

Other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available which you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the G9 X (£392.96), the SX540 HS (£380), or the PowerShot SX700 HS (£199.99) all from Canon.

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Power

Battery Life

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Battery Life” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Design

Disappointing Image Quality

Five customers agreed that this digital camera was not good quality. Pc Mag mentioned in their Lytro Illum review “Disappointing image quality”. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote two years ago “Poor Image Quality” however despite that they gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Awesome Design Build

Four customers who purchased the product wrote that it was well made. Digital Versus mentioned three years ago “Awesome design build” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Sturdy Build”. Expert review site Stuff.tv said in their review of this digital camera “It's a product that's generally well made and works as it's supposed to – it's just that people are still figuring out just” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Great Design

Four people who purchased the Lytro Illum considered that it was well designed. Three years ago Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera “Stunning industrial design” however they scored it 40 out of 100. Website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Great design”. Egor Nozdrya said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Nice design, great concept”.

Two owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Two years ago website Howtospendit.ft.com said “Living pictures are pretty amazing”. See More wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Pretty certain my 2006 flip phone took better pictures where the size of the image is concerned” in her review of this digital camera.

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Huge Fun to Use

Six people who reviewed the Lytro Illum thought it was easy to use. Trusted Reviews said “Offers good control” in their review of this digital camera however they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Techradar rated it 70 out of 100 and wrote “Intuitive controls”. Rwh3000 mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's simple to use.” although they rated it 60 out of 100.

Two customers who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Ephotozine said three years ago “Good controls and handling”. Mart Noges gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “User manual for end user is poor -there is must be much detailed explanations about handling of camera”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Small and Compact

Three people who bought it reckoned that it was compact. Three years ago Ephotozine scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Small and compact”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “At £400 was pretty expensive for a product that promised to solve the ‘problem’ of focusing for consumers – especially as even the cheapest digital compact cameras have pretty s” .

Two customers reckoned that the product was heavy and bulky. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site What Digital Camera “It's a chunky, futuristic looking device with a large cylindrical lens barrel”. Drbob said in April last year “Its a little bulky to handle” and scored the Lytro Illum 5 stars out of 5.

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Heavy

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the weights range from 180g to 1.1kg, and the average weight is 440g. The Lytro Illum is one of the heavier compact cameras that are a comparable age to this camera (940 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS (£199.99) (245g and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-HX400 (£282.99) (628g and higher rated).

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Display

Very Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 1.5" to 4". When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago, the Lytro Illum's display diagonal of 4 inches is one of the largest.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Lytro Illum has a touchscreen, as do most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 384,000 pixels, the Lytro Illum has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera is 100,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera, the Lytro Illum does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Canon SX540 HS (£380), or the Sony DSC-HX90V.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Lytro Illum has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Supports Live View

The Lytro Illum supports live view. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The Lytro Illum features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Lytro Illum features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Lytro Illum has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

If this Lytro digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX90V (30x and higher rated), or the Canon SX540 HS (£380) (50x and higher rated).

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera is 9.2, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 2 to 22. The Lytro Illum has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 2) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Lytro Illum has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (30 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. Digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 24mm and 30mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Lytro Illum has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Lytro Illum has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Lytro Illum has a battery charger included. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Lytro Illum has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

3 USB Version

This camera supports a 3 USB version, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Lytro Illum has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 320, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Picture Quality

Only 2450 X 1634 Pixels Image Resolution

The Lytro Illum has a higher image resolution than most cameras of this type and age. This Lytro camera has a 2450 x 1634 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the image resolution ranges from 2560 х 1280 pixels to 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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11 Megapixels Megapixel

This is an 11 megapixels digital camera.

If this digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm X30 (£302.99) (12MP and higher rated), the Sony DSC-HX90V (18.2MP and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot G5 X (£509.80) (20.2MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00854928003779

Lytro Illum Review Sources

To prepare this Lytro Illum review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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