Written by Eamon Hickey
Although the finished product won't be shipping for many months, a California camera company called Light has unveiled a prototype of its first model, dubbed the L16. How did they skip all the way to L16, instead of starting with a more sensible L1, you ask? Well, 16 happens to be the number of lenses and sensors it uses, all shoe-horned into a package that's basically the size of a point-and-shoot camera. Looks kinda cool when it's staring at you, I think.
At the heart of this thing is computational photography, by which the camera uses those 16 lens/sensors—separate cameras, really—to accomplish all sorts of zoom, super-resolution, HDR, noise reduction and depth of field magic. Maybe.
Magic is, alas, expensive, and the L16 will cost $1699 ($1299 with a pre-order discount).
Dave Etchells at Imaging Resource started writing about Light and the ideas behind this camera earlier this year and his website has interesting interviews with the co-founders of the company here and here.
I'll resist the urge to pontificate about the future, but this seems big to me [me too —Mike]. Not necessarily this camera, or even this company, but the technology direction, as it gets refined and the price inevitably comes down.
[Note: Compare the new Light L16 camera to Ctein's prognostications of going on five years ago. He predicted this camera. Fascinating, no? —Ed.]
TOP Contributing Editor Eamon Hickey has many years of experience in the photography industry and the photography press.
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