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Lytro Light Field Camera 16GB Red Hot by Review Summary ,  Sep 29, 2015

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Lytro Light Field Camera, 16GB, Red Hot
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 230 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.1
Returned or considering to return: 12.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photo4.4   average
Photography4.2   average
Focus3.8   above average
Light3.8   below average
Image3.6   below average
Price3.3   mediocre
Resolution3.3   below average
Lens3.0   average
Screen3.0   below average
Size2.5   mediocre
Quality2.2   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"My battery was dead and I followed the instructions reset the camera and it came up and charged fine."
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"Update... though first one arrived with a dead unchargable battery."
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"I feel like these were overstocks with batteries long dead."
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"So, I plugged it into the Rapid Charger -- and now, five hours later, it's a dead battery."
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"I picked it up to try and use it and the thing never turned back on; dead battery that won't recharge."
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"A few things before I looked into buying were if the camera had a decent battery life, wifi connectivity and how well it could shoot in various lighting conditions."
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"As far as battery life and wifi connectivity, both are pretty decent and well received for such a small device."
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"My Lytro arrived DOA due do an internal non-replaceable battery having exceeded its shelf life."
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"Long battery life, easy to operate."
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"The battery life is excellent."
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Focus

Focus:
"Poor resolution and not such an amazing or special focus."
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"You then download that no doubt perfectly framed shot to your computer and notice the focus is on the fence behind kitty."
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"The images were not in focus all over the image, and hard to know how to place it to get a good image."
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"I got number of images with attempt to create shallow focus only o find that some lines changing sharpness while still in same focal plane."
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"Aside from this, the picture quality is terrible, even when in 'focus' they're bad and you can only really share your pictures on facebook or their website."
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"Other cameras, like my first one, an Ansco Shur Shot from the late 1940s, solves the problem by having everything in focus from four feet to infinity."
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"I love focusing, and refocusing, after the picture is taken."
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"Sure, you can adjust focus after downloading the photos to your computer and that's pretty neat, but the camera almost seems like it's just plain guessing how far away objects are in a scene."
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"The one redeeming feature of this thing is that it's nice to not have to worry about adjusting settings or focusing."
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"The concept behind being able to change the focus of the image is great."
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"The fact you can save as jpg files or movies that move between focus points is great."
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Image

Image:
"The images were not in focus all over the image, and hard to know how to place it to get a good image."
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"I got number of images with attempt to create shallow focus only o find that some lines changing sharpness while still in same focal plane."
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"Even in full studio lighting, and on a tripod, the images come out terrible, extremely noisy, and very soft."
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"It works very well, but the image quality of the pictures is not all that great for someone who is used to taking pictures with a higher end DSLR camera."
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"The software works great and the adjustable images are great for tablets, phones and computer screens."
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"Images are good."
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"The concept behind being able to change the focus of the image is great."
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"The quality of the images is poor at best, and really takes away from the experience."
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"The images are vibrant and clear."
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Lens

Lens:
"* The lens cap is neat, but the magnet is too weak and it keeps on falling off when you put it in your pocket."
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"The custom case is awful - it's so tight as to make removal of the camera challenging, and precludes use of the innovative magnetic lens cap."
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"- magnetic lens cap is terrible, always falls off, lost it on the 2nd day- needs a lot of light, pictures are blurry on a rainy day (yes, no set focal point is actually clear)- screen is low-res, can't actually preview images correctly- best used for macro photography, landscape medium range doesn't have enough focal range to warrant a lytro (use a cheap digital camera instead)"
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"Lens flare is a problem and causes funky artifacts.3) You must have lots of depth to really create photos that work."
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"No 3D rendering options (stereo pairs, voxels, ...).- Very low effective 2D resolution (1 MP).- Small sensor with poor performance at low ISO and very high depth of field (lack of depth effect).- Horrible supercheap display :(- Magnetic lens cap tends to detach too often, even in the bag, exposing the front lens to scratches."
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"The drawbacks are the LCD screen, which is difficult to see in bright light, and also sometimes difficult to operate, the zoom, which may be activated by mistake, and the lens cap, which may be lost easily."
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"The lens cap is easy to lose though."
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"It's easy to carry around (except for the stupid magnetic lens cap) and is fun to use (except that you can't see anything on the LCD screen in daylight).The trick is finding the right subjects, with depth."
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"Because the Lytro doesn't focus the image in camera, but rather collects data on the direction of the light entering it, it's able to produce images of subjects as close as the surface of the front lens, so it's great for macro shots."
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"For $1500, you can get a pretty decent DSLR with a few lenses, so I'm skeptical if many people are going to spend that much on a fixed-lens camera, regardless of its light field capabilities or other features."
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"Others have commented on the limitations of the viewfinder, the rather insensitive touch screen, and the easily lost lens cap (which will come off and stick in the supplied case, incidentally), so I won't comment further on camera design."
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Light

Light:
"The lytro camera is a fun concept but there are a couple of problems with the product like having to use it in direct light and also the camera cover falls off a lot because it is magnetic."
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"I will take it with me and snap away with it in the hopes that something useful or cool eventually arises, but for now I cannot recommend a full price light field camera."
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"It's hard to set up a scene where the light field actually adds something, so the scenes you end up staging have a lot of whiz-bang factor."
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"This is no good in low or semi low light, period."
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"It will not take pictures without lots of light and you cannot enjoy the pictures except at while utilizing the software at the Lytros web site."
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"The camera doesn't do as well in low light or high key situations."
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"The concept of light field photography is great and maybe the newest camera from Lytro will apply it better, but with this first gen proof of concept toy, there's really not much to it."
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"A great way to explore light field technology without shelling out big bucks."
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"It does take decent low light pictures."
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"Hopefully in a few years those will become more affordable as well, as light field photography really does feel like technology from the future."
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"Taking light field photos is fun, but the first gen's small image size and image quality leave a but to be desired."
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Macro

Macro:
"But.....Do not expect to make prints of any decent quality over 4 x 6.I am having fun with macro photography depth of field tricks."
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"But it's great for taking closeups or macros."
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"Macro, closeup, and scenic seems a good fit."
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"Has some amazing macro capabilities."
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"(P & S seekers actually complaining that they could not create the depth on the living pictures as they wanted)I was especially impressed by the opportunities for macro photography and the good optical zoom."
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Photo

Photo:
"Photos are hard to take, quality if bad and you have to use their proprietary software."
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"The camera is cool but not good quality photos at all."
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"If you are serious about photography however, you will be very disappointed with the image quality of the photos."
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"Lytro photos are only about 1080x1080, so they're not huge and maybe not so good for a large print (I print them as 3x3 in)."
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"Photos are good quality on a computer screen in a webpage, which is how the service seems to be intended to work."
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"Sure, you can adjust focus after downloading the photos to your computer and that's pretty neat, but the camera almost seems like it's just plain guessing how far away objects are in a scene."
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"You see the multi-focus best when you take photos of things that have a wide range of depth."
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"The images it produces aren't of very high quality, so I wouldn't get prints of any of them, but the best part of the photos is seeing what you can do to them that you can't with a traditional camera - like changing the focus point and shifting tilting perspective."
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"Not hesitating to focus for Disney trip photos is great, and I've never hit the 16G limit! "
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Photography

Photography:
"If you are serious about photography however, you will be very disappointed with the image quality of the photos."
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"I was so excited about this product when I saw the review on CNet, unfortunately for my photography guru partner, it just fell short of expectations."
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"To tell the truth, I bought the camera for two reasons; to have the first model of the technology if it becomes popular, or to have the only model of a failed experiment if it fails in the photography world."
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"The concept of light field photography is great and maybe the newest camera from Lytro will apply it better, but with this first gen proof of concept toy, there's really not much to it."
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"But.....Do not expect to make prints of any decent quality over 4 x 6.I am having fun with macro photography depth of field tricks."
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"Fun but not practical for any semi serious photography."
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"Hopefully in a few years those will become more affordable as well, as light field photography really does feel like technology from the future."
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"In 2015, I believe the Lytro is a very good deal for those of us interested in photography and technology."
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Price

Price:
"The lytro was dead on arrival and woot had sold out at that price so there was no replacement available."
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"At its original price, I would have been a bit disappointed."
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"The problem is that it's hard to find a good 3D solution, and at this price, it's an affordable and effective solution... as long as you can live with the limited results."
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"I certainly don't think I would've been happy buying this camera at full price, but at $60 it's a nice toy."
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"However due to the obvious issues with their QA, the terrible picture quality, and the non-sale price(wouldn't pay more then 30-40$s for it) I wouldn't buy it."
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"Oh well, it was the price of a dinner out at a fancy restaurant."
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"Great price."
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"Overall a good buy if you just want a fun techie toy to play with, but only at discounted prices and only for a short time of amusement."
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"But.......At the price a great opportunity to see the next genertion of 'camera'.You need to use the accessory collar with a mini tripod on it to hold the camera at interesting angles."
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"When it was available at a really great price, I finally bought one."
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Quality

Quality:
"Photos are hard to take, quality if bad and you have to use their proprietary software."
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"The body feels weird to use as a camera, but the build quality is good."
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"The camera is cool but not good quality photos at all."
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"The form factor is a bit awkward and the screen's quality is mediocre."
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"Great concept, but not great quality."
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"Aside from this, the picture quality is terrible, even when in 'focus' they're bad and you can only really share your pictures on facebook or their website."
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"But.....Do not expect to make prints of any decent quality over 4 x 6.I am having fun with macro photography depth of field tricks."
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"Photos are good quality on a computer screen in a webpage, which is how the service seems to be intended to work."
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"The quality of the images is poor at best, and really takes away from the experience."
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"Appears to be of good manufacture and quality! "
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"The body feels weird to use as a camera, but the build quality is good."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"Resolution's not that great, but I don't print 8x10s."
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"Poor resolution and not such an amazing or special focus."
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"Resolution isn't great and even in good lighting pictures turn out grainy."
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"Really, my disappointments come down to the limited resolution and low-light performance."
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"And here is the major problem with Lytro, it exports a low resolution (1080x1080) JPEG with a lot of compression (each picture takes around 100k) which makes the photos pretty useless, you cannot print them, you cannot show them on your iPad, the most you can do is post them on facebook, but most cell phone photos will look better than yours."
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"The screen is low resolution, but the pictures that come out are great."
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"I still don't know how they got such good resolution on those pictures as the resolution on my pictures seem like they were taken with a 1 MP camera from last decade...* Lytro turtorials and products are centered on the Illum."
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"The data is saved as a proprietary file and can be processed to generate jpg images that are not high resolution but good enough for a 3 x 5 print out at 300 dpi."
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"You are left with small pictures and low resolution images that are really only good for sharing on the web."
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Screen

Screen:
"The screen is SMALL so it is hard to see the effects."
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"The form factor is a bit awkward and the screen's quality is mediocre."
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"The biggest downside is that you have to use the back screen to compose your picture and in any kind bright sunlight it is impossible to get an accurate idea of your composition."
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"The view screen is painfully small."
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"I did not try to print anything but even on the screen I ended up disliking all but 1 or 2 images per outing (as far as sharing quality)."
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"The drawbacks are the LCD screen, which is difficult to see in bright light, and also sometimes difficult to operate, the zoom, which may be activated by mistake, and the lens cap, which may be lost easily."
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"The touch zoom is neat and the minimalistic touch screen interface is easy to use (might actually be too simplified since you can't remember what each swipe does and what those simple icons mean)."
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"The software works great and the adjustable images are great for tablets, phones and computer screens."
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"Photos are good quality on a computer screen in a webpage, which is how the service seems to be intended to work."
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"Rear screen isn't set back at all and could be easily scratched (though hasn't gotten scratched yet, but that's only with light useage)."
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"The screen is low resolution, but the pictures that come out are great."
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Size

Size:
"The screen is SMALL so it is hard to see the effects."
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"The view screen is painfully small."
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"One small problem, if you use the Lytro app, your pictures are public domain."
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"It's awkward to use, requires weird software to manipulate, and the end images are small and not as impressive."
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"(2) touch screen is buggy, half the time it needs several attempts, it's also so small that its virtually I possible to use."
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"The camera is well build (the display is too small) but the form factor does not make it nice to carry in your pocket for instance, and pretty much everyone has lost the magnetic lens cover at least once (but the very nice people for Lytro support have replaced them for free).But I still use my Lytro a lot, because it is so simple."
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"As far as battery life and wifi connectivity, both are pretty decent and well received for such a small device."
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"Taking light field photos is fun, but the first gen's small image size and image quality leave a but to be desired."
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"With no flash and only a small sensor: it seems to be clear that you should not expect miracles in weaker light conditions."
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"Neat item and I hope the company survives and improves the product but currently:(1) low light performance is poor(2) Photo size is very small(3) Photos slow to load(4) Concept is good but it is way too expensive for a camera that can not take the place of a regular camera...and who wants to carry this and a regular camera?"
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