Light has been teasing images of its first prototype L16 cameras for a while now. Today, it offered a look inside production of its Design Verification Test cameras as well as a peek at the camera's current design, as noted by LightRumors. Next month, beta testers will receive pre-release cameras, and emails have gone out to pre-order customers with shipping details. In other words, things are getting real.

Light announced its L16 camera in 2015, presenting a compact camera with 16 lenses using folded optics. Its 16 13MP sensors can be used to create up to a 52MP composite image, and it will offer variable focal lengths from 28mm to 150mm equiv. Light's website mentions that the camera will go on sale to the general public at the end of 2017.