LYTRO ILLUM

Capture Mode

When the camera is first powered on, it will start up in Capture Mode. If there’s a compatible SD card in place, and the card is not full, the camera is ready to capture a Living Picture. Compose the shot by looking at the live view displayed on the screen. When ready to capture a picture, press the shutter button all the way down and release.

To operate the camera in Capture Mode, use a combination of physical controls and on-screen controls.

Physical controls

Note that these are the default behaviors of the controls. Many can be customized in Settings (see Camera controls).

  1. Power button
  2. Lytro button
  3. Shutter button
  4. Front dial
  5. Zoom ring
  6. Focus ring
  7. Touchscreen
  8. AF button
  9. Rear dial
  10. AEL button
  11. Hyperfocal button
  12. Fn button

Touchscreen layout in Capture Mode

  1. Image View Area
  2. Depth Assist Bar
  3. Menu Bar
  4. Information Bar

Image View Area

  1. Sensor crop region
  2. Live view area

Information Bar

  1. ISO
  2. Exposure mode
  3. Shutter speed
  4. EV compensation
  5. White balance
  6. Focal length (35mm equiv.)
  7. Shutter mode and shot buffer
  8. Shots remaining
  9. Wi-Fi (iOS Connect)
  10. Battery remaining)

Menu Bar, page 1

Note that the order of the icons in the Menu Bar may be customized and additional icons may be added (see Rearrange Menu). The default order is referenced here.

  1. Playback Mode
  2. Exposure mode
  3. White balance
  4. Continuous shutter
  5. Self timer

Menu Bar, page 2

  1. Grid overlay
  2. Exposure histogram
  3. Exposure bracketing
  4. Settings

Additional touch control icons (not in the Menu Bar by default)

The additional touch controls below may be added to the Menu Bar. For details on selecting and reordering the controls shown in the Menu Bar see Rearrange Menu.

Using the Depth Assist Bar

See Depth Assist Bar in Depth composition features.

Using autofocus

Press the AF button to focus on the object at the center of the screen. Tap the screen to focus the lens on any area of the live view (see Tapping the screen to focus, below). This will not work if autofocus is disabled (see Using manual focus).

Tapping the screen to focus

Focus by simply tapping the screen in the area to bring into focus. This will not work if autofocus is disabled (see Using manual focus).

Focus the lens by tapping the screen.

Hiding and displaying the Menu Bar and Information Bar

The Menu Bar can be hidden from view by swiping it to the right. To display it again, swipe left from the right edge of the screen. The Information Bar can be hidden from view by swiping it down. To display it again, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

Choosing an exposure mode

The camera offers four exposure modes. The first letter of the currently selected mode appears in the exposure mode indicator in the Information Bar at the bottom of the screen. It is also displayed and illuminated as the exposure mode icon — the first item in the Menu Bar. To select a different mode, tap the exposure mode icon. The exposure mode submenu will open to the left, displaying the four mode options.

Tap the exposure mode icon to open the submenu displaying the four options.

Tap on one of the letter options to set the exposure mode. The submenu will close, and the new selection will now be displayed as the exposure mode icon as well as in the exposure mode indicator in the Information Bar. If no selection is made, after a few seconds the submenu will close.

Tap one of the four options in the submenu to set the exposure mode.

Setting the ISO

In ISO Priority Mode and Manual Mode, set the ISO by tapping the ISO indicator at the left end of the Information Bar. A selection band will open across the middle of the screen, with the current ISO at the center. Available ISO speeds range from 80 to 3200.

Tap the ISO indicator to open the ISO selection band.

Swipe the band from right to left to increase the ISO, or from left to right to lower it. Tap on any ISO visible in the selection band to go directly to that setting. Double-tap on the selection band returns to the initial ISO setting.

Swipe the ISO selection band to increase or lower the ISO.

Once the selection has been made, tap the screen anywhere outside of the selection band to close the band. A half press of the shutter button will also close the selection band. A full press will close it and take a picture.

Set the ISO using the front dial while in ISO Priority Mode or using the rear dial while in Manual Mode*. As the dial is rotated, the ISO indicator in the Information Bar at the bottom of the screen will change to display the current setting.

*Note that the functions assigned to the front and rear dials in the various exposure modes can be changed (see Camera controls). The default assignments are referenced here.

Setting the shutter speed

In Shutter Priority Mode and Manual Mode, set the shutter speed by tapping the shutter speed indicator in the information bar at the bottom of the screen. A selection band will open across the middle of the screen, with the current speed at the center. Available shutter speeds range from 1/4000th of a second to 32 seconds.

Tap the shutter speed indicator to open the shutter speed selection band.

Swipe the band from right to left to increase the shutter speed, or from left to right to lower it. Tap on any speed visible in the selection band to go directly to that speed. Double-tap on the selection band to the initial shutter speed setting.

Swipe the shutter speed selection band to increase or lower the speed.

Once the selection has been made, tap the screen anywhere outside of the selection band to close the band. A half press of the shutter button will also close the selection band. A full press will close it and take a picture.

Set the shutter speed using the front dial while in Shutter Priority Mode or Manual Mode*. As the dial is rotated, the shutter speedEV compensation indicator in the Information Bar at the bottom of the screen will change to display the current setting.

*Note that the functions assigned to the front and rear dials in the various exposure modes can be changed (see Camera controls). The default assignments are referenced here.

Setting the EV compensation

Exposure value compensation is available in all exposure modes except Manual Mode. Set the EV compensation by tapping the EV compensation indicator in the information bar at the bottom of the screen. A selection band will open across the middle of the screen, with the current setting at the center. The available settings range from -2.0 to +2.0.

Swipe the band from right to left to increase the compensation, or from left to right to lower it. Tap on any value visible in the selection band to go directly to that setting. Double-tap on the selection band to return to the initial compensation setting.

Once the selection has been made, tap the screen anywhere outside of the selection band to close the band. A half press of the shutter button will also close the selection band. A full press will close it and take a picture.

Tap the EV compensation indicator to open the selection band.

Swipe the selection band to set the EV compensation.

Set the EV compensation using the rear dial while in Program, ISO Priority, and Shutter Priority Modes*. As the dial is rotated, the shutter speed indicator in the Information Bar at the bottom of the screen will change to display the current setting.

*Note that the functions assigned to the front and rear dials in the various exposure modes can be changed (see Camera controls). The default assignments are referenced here.

Setting the white balance

To set the white balance, tap the White Balance icon in the Menu Bar. A submenu will open to the left, displaying available options. Swipe up on the submenu to view additional options. Tap any option to change the setting. The submenu will close, and the new selection will now be displayed as the White Balance icon as well as in the white balance indicator in the Information Bar. If no selection is made, after a few seconds the submenu will close.

Shooting with continuous shutter

When continuous shutter is active, the camera will trigger the shutter as rapidly as possible for as long as the shutter button is held down — or until the shot buffer is full. To activate continuous shutter mode, tap the Continuous Shutter icon in the Menu bar and the icon will illuminate. To return to single shutter mode, tap the icon again.

Using the self-timer

To activate the self-timer and set the countdown duration, tap and briefly hold the Self-Timer icon. The icon will illuminate and a submenu will open to the left, with options for 2 and 10 seconds. Tap on the desired selection, the submenu will close, and the new selection will now be displayed as the Self-Timer icon. The self-timer indicator will also replace the shutter mode indicator in the Information Bar. If no selection is made after a few seconds, the submenu will close.

To turn off the self-timer, tap the icon again. The camera will remember the selected countdown the next time the self-timer is activated.

Applying a grid overlay

To select a grid overlay and apply it to the live view, tap and briefly hold the Grid Overlay icon. A submenu will open to the left, displaying available options. Swipe up on the submenu view additional options. Tap any option to select an overlay style. The submenu will close, and the new selection will now be displayed as the Grid Overlay icon. If no selection is made, after a few seconds the submenu will close.

Activate the rule-of-thirds grid view

To turn off the grid overlay, tap the icon again. The camera will remember your selected settings the next time the overlay is activated.

Using the live exposure histogram

To view an exposure histogram for the live view, tap the Exposure Histogram icon in the Menu Bar at the right-hand edge of the screen. The icon will illuminate, and the histogram will be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. To close the histogram, tap the icon again.

Activate the live exposure histogram to evaluate a potential shot.

Adjusting the optical offset

See Optical offset in Depth composition features.

Opening the Settings menu

Open the Settings menu by tapping the Settings icon in the Menu Bar. The menu will replace the live view. For details on each of the available Settings, see the Settings section. To close the menu and return to Capture Mode and the live view, tap on the word CAPTURE at the top left of the screen, or press the shutter button halfway.

Using lights-out

When manual focus is engaged, the screen is turned off while the camera is fully functional. To exit lights-out, tap and hold the touch screen.

Applying focus bracketing

When focus bracketing is active, each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera will take a series of pictures, varying the focus for each. (For a more detailed explanation, see Focus bracketing) To activate focus bracketing and set the parameters, tap and hold the Focus Bracketing icon, which can be added to the Menu Bar (see Rearrange Menu).

Two selection bands will open across the middle of the screen, with the current settings at the center. The upper band shows the number of pictures that will be taken, 3 or 5. The lower band shows the increment that will be applied, from 1 to 10, in ‘Depth Steps’. Swipe the bands to change the settings. Double-tap a selection band to return to the initial setting.

Once selections have been made, tap the screen anywhere outside of the selection bands to close them. A half press of the shutter button will also close the selection bands. A full press will close them and take a series of pictures using the new settings.

To turn off focus bracketing, tap the icon again. The camera will remember your selected settings the next time focus bracketing is activated.

Applying exposure bracketing

When exposure bracketing is active, the camera will take pictures at a range of exposure compensation values each time the shutter button is pressed. To activate exposure bracketing and set the parameters, tap and hold the exposure bracketing icon, which can then be added to the Menu Bar (see Rearrange Menu).

Two selection bands will open across the middle of the screen, with the current settings at the center. The upper band shows the number of pictures that will be taken, 3 or 5. The lower band shows the exposure value increment that will be applied, 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1EV, or 2 EV. Swipe the bands to change the settings. Double-tap on a selection band returns it to the initial setting.

Once selections are made, tap the screen anywhere outside of the selection bands to close them. A half press of the shutter button will also close the selection bands. A full press will close them and take a series of pictures using the new settings.

To turn off exposure bracketing, tap the icon again. The camera will remember your selected settings the next time exposure bracketing is activated.

Using manual focus

When manual focus is selected, autofocus is automatically disabled. Set the focus by rotating the focus ring. Manual focus is selected by tapping the Manual Focus icon, which can be added to the Menu Bar (see Rearrange Menu).

Using focus lock

When focus lock is selected, input from the focus ring is disabled.

Using zoom lock

When zoom lock is selected, input from the zoom ring is disabled.

Using a flash

A standard flash can be mounted to the camera’s hot shoe, allowing basic flash synchronization. The flash will be triggered each time the shutter opens. The synch speed (the fastest shutter speed at which you can use a flash) is 1/250. Lytro will offer a fully compatible flash with TTL flash metering beginning in late 2014.