We’ve known since last month that Lytro is planning to roll out at least one fancy new feature for its light field cameras (parallax-based 3D), but now the company has taken the wraps off the feature to give us a sneak peek at what they’ll offer. The two new features that will soon appear in Lytro’s Desktop software are called Perspective Shift and Living Filters.
Perspective Shift is the one we’ve been expecting. It uses the light field information captured with each image allow for a slightly 3D way of viewing images. Simply click and drag the image, and your point of view will change ever so slightly to bring the image alive.
Here are a couple of sample images showing how it works (try clicking and dragging within them):
The Living Filters feature is like Instagram filters on drugs and steroids. You’ll be able to apply a number of interactive filters to your images: Carnival, Crayon, Glass, Line Art, Mosaic, Blur+, Pop, Film Noir, and 8-Track.
Here are two versions of the same photo that have the Carnival and Glass filters applied (respectively):
Both of the new features will be available to Lytro owners starting December 4th as a free software update to the official Lytro program. Since they use the same light field information captured with each image, the features will work just fine with any Lytro photographs captured in the past.