The day will come, you will forget about what the word “autfocus” means. And looking at the newly announced Lytro Illum camera (https://www.lytro.com/) we will certainly not have to wait for a very long time! Unlike anything else you have seen before this camera has a 1 inch Light Field sensor. Which means it captures ALL the Light from all angles. You don’t have to focus at all because everything is “in focus”! You can add out of focus blur effect in post production if you want. That’s it. It is also simultaneously a 2D and 3D camera. You can change the perspective (to a certain degree) in post production too!
Just play with the image sample below. As you can see you can do quite a lot in post production:
And I am pretty sure Sony is working on a camera like that too…would you like an A7 or A6000 camera with such a sensor? Me yes!
UPDATE: There is a great interview at Theverge.com. This is an interesting line:
This is the future. Not the Illum, necessarily, though it’s one of the more exciting cameras I’ve seen in a while. Maybe not even Lytro, though it’s built a huge lead in its nascent industry. But light-field photography — the notion that the future is about turning the complex physical parts of a camera into software and algorithms, that capturing beautiful photos is little more than a data-crunching problem — seems almost obvious. Why capture one photo, from one angle, with one perspective, when we could capture everything? When I can explore a photo, zooming and panning and focusing and shifting, why would I ever want to just look at it?
The dead of classic photography?