Photography aficionados have probably heard it all before, DSLR-like features and quality in a compact form factor. So far the numerous promises have failed to deliver. However, Light believes that it has what it takes to compete with its compact L16, a “multi-aperture computational camera.” The technology packed into this camera is very different from your typical setup, which might just give it the edge that it needs.
As you may have guessed, the L16 part of the name has to do with the 16 different lenses that the start-up company has packed into the camera. Each of these lenses captures a picture using different focal lengths, the data from which is then combined to form one detailed 52-megapixel image. Five of the sensors come with the equivalent focal length of a 35mm, five at 70mm and the remaining six are 150 mm. Even more impressive is the fact that this additional image data allows for photographers to adjust a picture’s depth of field, focus and exposure even after it has been taken.
The Light L16 comes with a selection of other features too. The range of camera focal lengths allows for a high-quality zoom, rather than a basic digital zoom. The L16 also comes with WiFi built in, which allows photographers to share their images straight from the camera or quickly transfer them over the air to a PC. It can also be used to shoot 4K video and runs an Android operating system. Best of all, this technology all fits into a device that is only marginally bulkier than a Nexus 6 smartphone.
Speaking of smartphones, manufacturer Foxconn has licensed the technology from Light. The company plans to build a similar array of cameras into a future smartphone, which is expected to launch some time in 2016.
All of this cutting edge technology won’t come cheap. Customers who pre-order the camera before November 6th will be offered a reduced price of $1,299, while the regular retail price will shoot up to $1,699 by the time that the Light L16 starts shipping out in summer 2016.