Have you considered using electronic flash? I used to take photos from the sidelines of college football games at night a long time ago using film and a camera that had an f 5.6 lens. I used a big electronic flash and had to watch for action that came fairly close to me to photograph. The electronic flash stopped the motion. There was no such thing as autofocus so I had to pre-focus for a distance, say 20 feet, and take the photos when the subject(s) came into that range.
I bought the Lytro Illum about a year ago. The camera is not a piece of junk, it seems to be very well made. It is more of a computer with a lens than a camera. Occasionally the firmware has a hiccup and the camera locks up. It is pretty complicated technology that is looking for a market. It has a sensor that has about 40 megapixels. As I understand it, each photo pixel is really made up of an array of sensor pixels, each with a different microprism in front of it. Each prism gives a different focus point. When you snap the shutter, you get several differently focused pixels for each photo pixel. The software allows you to post-process each image such that you can decide what you want to be in focus and what depth of field you want. The end result is a 4 megapixel resolution photo. The software does a lot of things that are unique to this camera (like letting you decide if you want your depth of field to simulate anything between f 2.0 and f 16) and the normal lighting adjustments. I use the Lytro software for its special functions then save the final image as a .tif file so that I can do the final edits with Photoshop.
The camera has tools in the firmware that help you adjust the focus and zoom to compose the photo that you want. All of your exposures will be at f2.0 but you can vary the ISO and shutter speeds. There are good training videos on a Lytro website. Taking a photo with the Illum is almost nothing like using a conventional camera. I bought it because the concept fascinated me and I had the time to play with something new. There is quite a learning curve to getting good results.
The camera system output can be a so-called living photo, a 3D photo, a still photo, and a video of an image where the focus point changes. There isn't much of a market for what comes out of the camera, as I see it. A small photo for a web page that has a lot of depth of field and was taken hand-held under low lighting conditions is one possible use. Like JWP I keep my Illum on the shelf and use Canon cameras to take photos, but I keep the Illum battery charged "just in case".