I got a Lytro camera on Craigslist, and let me tell you, it's weird as hell.
What is a Lytro camera? It's a light field camera, so it takes a picture in a different way than most. I'm not a scientist, so I'm not going to attempt to go into the minutia of how it works, but I'll tell you this: You can choose focus points AFTER TAKING A PHOTO.
You're probably thinking that's dumb or maybe you're thinking that's amazing, I don't know. Either way, it's a fringe camera with an undefinable market. Who's buying this? Camera nerds I guess.
After playing with it for a couple days, I had a sudden realization that I'm going to test this weekend. The Lytro camera could be the best street photography camera ever made.
Yes, the photos are low res, but we've been using cell phones as acceptable cameras for years now. The camera is small, and doesn't actually look like a camera. You can walk around with this thing in such a way that people may not even notice. The shutter is almost completely silent save for a light clicking sound that is not audible outdoors. It's subtle, and extremely portable.
The selling point of the camera is being able to focus your photos after taking them, which for street photography is a revelation. With street photography, you're forced to live in a moment, a moment that's very easy to mess up if your settings aren't right. You don't have to worry about that now.
Granted, I don't know that it's great for street photography for sure, but I'm going to spend the weekend finding out. I'll come back with my results; I could be completely wrong. I've seen the Lytro for $50 brand new in some places, so for what you're getting it seems worth it so far. It won't be a daily driver or anything serious, but if you're a fringe photography enthusiast, this is for you.
To be continued.