Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body
US-based startup Light has officially introduced its L16, a portable device packed with 16 individual cameras, ten of which capture an image at the same time at different fixed focal lengths. The resulting photograph is a composite of all the individual images combined, with a final resolution of up to 52 megapixels. An earlier prototype of this camera was shown off this past April.
L16 is, according to Light, a portable camera that offers excellent low-light performance and DSLR-like image quality. The camera features a 5" touch display on the rear, equivalent focal lengths between 35mm and 150mm, 4K video recording, and depth-mapping technology to adjust a photo's depth of field and focus after it has been captured. Other known features include an IP54 water and dust resistance, support for a standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount, integrated GPS and an accelerometer, Wi-Fi, HDR capture, and a dual-tone LED flash.
The company has not released the full list of specifications at this time; according to its website, some details are still being determined and the final specs won't be released until Spring 2016. Those interested can reserve an L16 unit via Light's website for a discounted rate of $1,299; a total of $199 must be paid to reserve the unit. Starting November 6, the price will increase to its full $1,699 retail rate. Those who reserve the camera ahead of time will pay the full amount in Summer 2016. For now, Light can only ship in the US but plans to add international sales in the near future. The L16 will go on sale in September 2016.