First Generation Lytro Camera - Manual Controls: Overview

With Manual Controls, use the touchscreen on the first generation Lytro camera to set shutter speed and ISO, as well as lock exposure or the ND filter.  Manual Controls provide straightforward benefits, like the ability to brighten up indoors shots, as well unlocking more exotic artistic techniques like light painting.

To access Manual Controls, swipe up on the touchscreen, touch the "gear" icon, then scroll down the Menu and touch to enable the "Manual" option:

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You can then control:

  • Shutter Speed: 8 seconds (slowest / longest exposure) - 1/250 (fastest / shortest exposure).  
    • Techniques like light painting and night landscapes benefit from long shutter speeds, while faster speeds allow you to limit motion blur when light conditions permit.
  • ISO Sensitivity: 80 (minimum sensitivity) - 3200 (maximum sensitivity).  
    • Control light sensitivity to limit motion blur within brightly-lit compositions at the minimum end, or make the most of limited light (especially useful when you are able to steady the camera) at the maximum end.
  • ND Filter Toggle: engaged (-4 equivalent f-stops) - disengaged (no effect).
    • Toggle the ND Filter to achieve an intentionally underexposed or blown-out look, or to keep the camera from adjusting itself while you compose your shot.
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Additional feature, controlled separately:
  • Auto-Exposure Lock 
    • Lock auto-exposure to achieve an intentionally underexposed or blown-out look, or to keep the camera from adjusting itself while you compose your shot.

 

NOTE: This article applies to the first generation Lytro camera only.

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