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Light starts shipping the L16, its 16-camera pocket DSLR challenger

Light starts shipping the L16, its 16-camera pocket DSLR challenger
From TechCrunch - July 14, 2017

Lights L16 was a radical design concept when it was originally introduced in October, 2015but the concept has become a reality, as the company is now shipping the first production units to its pre-order customers. The final design is quite similar to the concept it showed off back then, with a few minor tweaks, and, despite some setbacks, customers are probably excited to get their hands on the innovative shooter.

The Light L16 is so-named because it has 16 camera modules, and it combines images from multiple modules at once to create images with greater depth, clarity, detail, color rendering and general quality than youd otherwise be able to get out of a device thats essentially the size of a thick smartphone. The L16s sample images show depth-of-field and sharpness that would leave many DSLRs in the dust, in fact, which is the whole idea of the multi-module array.

To get here, Light had to build its own application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips, and create its own 70mm and 150mm camera modules, since those focal lengths werent yet available from suppliers that typically create much wider angle lenses for use in smartphones, as those are a better fit with the photographic needs of most customers.

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