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[News] Light L16: The 16-Lens 52MP Camera!

2017-11-14 10:15:21
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Hello Mi Fans,

The stealthy camera startup Light today announced a revolutionary new point-and-shoot camera that aims to transform the way we think about cameras. Called the L16, it packs 16 separate cameras across its surface that simultaneously expose photos at different focal lengths. The resulting images are combined into high-resolution, 52-megapixel photos. Although it looks quite different, the L16 appears to compete directly with the likes of Lytro’s light field cameras: it also lets you shoot first and adjust depth of field later. Specs and features of the L16 include 35-150mm optical zoom, exceptional low-light performance, low image noise, precise depth of field control, and a 5-inch touchscreen on the back for editing and sharing your photos.

The Light L16, a DSLR-quality device that crams 16 cameras into one body, is nearing its ship date and today we’re getting a look at some final production photos, via Petapixel. The 52-megapixel camera looks mostly similar to when we last saw it in 2015, but it appears the lens moved around a bit to fit in the flash. Unfortunately, the only shots available are of the back and some parts of the side, which now has flatter edges, presumably for better grip. No clue on what the controls will look like on the other side, or where USB ports will be.

Check out L16:

The L16 is capable of assigning different exposures to different camera modules, which not only allows for increased dynamic range and low-light performance, but also makes it possible to change depth of field and focus after taking a photo. For this purpose, the Light team has developed editing applications for both Windows and Mac, while the L16 device itself runs on Android.

“The L16 is the first multi-aperture computational camera that packs DSLR quality and capability into a device that fits in your pocket, The L16 is smaller, lighter, less expensive, and provides better image quality than any camera in its price class.” says Light.
Light L16 – Tech Specs

  • Approx. dimensions: 6.5 in. (165mm) x 3.3 in. (84.5mm) x 0.94 in. (24.05mm)
  • Approx. weight: 15.3 oz. (435 g)
  • Chassis: Die-cast aluminum alloy
  • Grip: Rubberized non-slip grip with a lanyard connection
  • Screen: 5″ FHD touchscreen
  • Lenses: 16 individual modules – 5x 28mm f/2.0, 5x 70mm f/2.0, and 6x 150mm f/2.4 (focal lengths at full frame equivalent)
  • Sensors: 16 individual 13MP sensors
  • Minimum focus: 10cm at 28mm, 40cm at 70mm, 1m at 150mm
  • Storage: 256GB (USB on-the-go compatible)
  • Effective pixels (megapixels): Up to 52 million+ (52+ MP)
  • Output File types: JPEG, DNG
  • Exposure modes: Auto, Manual
  • Chip set: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 + Light ASIC
  • Operating system: Android
  • Security: Full disk encryption
  • Connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
  • Battery: 3900 mAh Lithium-ion polymer
  • Flash: Dual-tone LED (no sync port/shoe)
  • Tripod mount: Standard 1/4″-20tpi
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (Type-C connector)
  • Video : 4K video with 28mm, 70mm or 150mm focal lengths at full-frame equivalent

Video features of the Light L16

There is not too much information available about the video capabilities of the Light L16 just yet. We already know that it should be able to record up to 4K video using a single sensor with a focal length of either 28mm, 70mm or 150mm via an upcoming software update.
The L16 is primarily designed for stills photography, so the video side of things is probably not going to be so revolutionary (at least yet). For example, we don’t have any information yet if the stitching algorithm could also be used for video recording, which would really make this a revolutionary device. However, I would be worried about the huge requirements for processing power if that was the case. However, the Video column on the L16 specs page still displays a “coming soon” message, so I think the company may reveal more precise information about the video features in the near future.

From the beginning, Light has touted their technology in general and the L16 in particular as a "DSLR killer." You can see this (and hear some deeper details about their technology) in Dave Etchells' interview with Light's CEO and CTO from a few years back here.

Deep details aside, the most important thing to emerge from that interview is that Light claims that their camera will take on (and eventually take down!) higher-end cameras with larger sensors. We were naturally intrigued by this bold statement and prediction, not only as camera testers but also as photographers ourselves. After all, few people actually prefer bulky gear; the growing popularity of smaller mirrorless cameras (and smartphones) is clear evidence of that.

To do a brief recap of how the camera works, it is basically composed of 16 seperate camera modules. Five are 35mm, another five are 70mm, and six are 120mm; all of them are 13MP. Each time you fire the shutter, 10 photos are shot at once. The camera then stitches them together to make a 52MP image. According to their website, Light will not take any new orders on the Light L16 until they ship all of their pre-order units, with an estimated timeframe in late 2017. So super cool camera with super cool features na? What do you guys think? Do REPLY down your opinions below.

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