Sam Grobart on the New York Times’ Gadgetwise weblog:
The Lytro has some drawbacks — and not inconsiderable ones. For starters, you can’t share photos while on the go. If you were to tear a Lytro apart, you’d see a dormant Wi-Fi chip inside, so clearly there’s going to be an evolution with some wireless capability. But for now, what happens on a Lytro stays on a Lytro, until you plug it into your computer.
And while refocusing is its own interesting tool, that’s the only tool you have at this point — adding a filter or importing the image into Photoshop remains impossible.
Lytro is a breakthrough in photographic achievement, but it doesn’t serve an actual need in consumer photography. By allowing us to focus or refocus after the fact, it creates a problem. Requiring a computer running its proprietary software for casual photography is a giant roadblock in photographic simplicity.