The Light L16 is the first shot at a multi-aperture computational camera with a goal of challenging DSLR image quality using a handheld device form factor.
The Light L16 features 16 camera modules inside the camera body thanks to folded optics. Depending on the shot, up to 10 of these cameras fire simultaneously to create the final image for up to a 52MP photo. Additionally, you can adjust the depth of field after the fact thanks to available data from the different cameras used.
The true depth of field flexibility (and specifically, the shallow depth of field) looks like one of the more “wow” features in terms of selling this device as a DSLR competitor (or, killer?). Getting the look and feel of a 35mm f/1.2 lens out of a device slightly larger than a smartphone is already raising some eyebrows.
The lenses combine for a 35-150mm equivalent optical zoom. The computation output results in better low-light performance with lower image noise.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/141273968 w=700]
The camera features a 5″ touchscreen display and allows you to edit images on the device. It has built-in WiFi for instant sharing and also has a built-in 128GB flash drive to handle those large image files.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/141273851 w=700]
The Light L16 is expected to ship in late summer 2016 for $1,699. It can be pre-ordered in limited quantity through November 6 for $1,299 on Light’s website.
Images courtesy: Light (http://light.co/)