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

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Light’s L16 was a radical design idea when it was initially launched in October, 2015 — however the idea has change into a actuality, as the corporate is now delivery the primary manufacturing items to its pre-order clients. The last design is sort of just like the idea it confirmed off again then, with just a few minor tweaks, and, regardless of some setbacks, clients are most likely excited to get their fingers on the modern shooter.

The Light L16 is so-named as a result of it has 16 digicam modules, and it combines pictures from a number of modules directly to create pictures with higher depth, readability, element, shade rendering and common high quality than you’d in any other case have the ability to get out of a tool that’s primarily the dimensions of a thick smartphone. The L16’s pattern pictures present depth-of-field and sharpness that would go away many DSLRs within the mud, in reality, which is the entire concept of the multi-module array.

To get right here, Light needed to construct its personal application-specific built-in circuit (ASIC) chips, and create its personal 70mm and 150mm digicam modules, since these focal lengths weren’t but obtainable from suppliers that usually create a lot wider angle lenses to be used in smartphones, as these are a greater match with the photographic wants of most clients.

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Light additionally notes it needed to create its personal image-fusing algorithms to mix all the pictures captured from the discrete items, and to take action shortly and with efficient, snappy autofocus. The group additionally developed its personal Android software program for working the digicam (Android is the bottom of its OS) and created a devoted app for Windows and Mac to manage depth-of-field post-capture.

It seems like delivery will probably be a comparatively slow-moving course of, as the corporate takes pains to notice that it’s centered on high quality assurance for brand new clients, however hopefully some early customers will get their fingers on the L16 very quickly, and may share their impressions of the novel photographic system.


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