Some people have enough trouble in handling a single-lens camera and trying to switch to different lenses. But handling a camera with 16 built-in lenses, somewhat sounds crazy, doesn’t it? The final design of the crazy 16-lens camera from the Silicon Valley-based startup Light has emerged ahead of the device’s July shipping date. The L16 camera, which promises DSLR-quality images, but in a much smaller package, first came to the world’s attention back in 2015, and since then has received a $30 million cash investment from GV – formerly Google Ventures – to help its development go forward.
What is expected to be the final launch design shows a few subtle changes in the original L16’s appearance, as noted by Light. The flash, for example, has moved from above the company logo to among the 16 lenses, which, as a consequence, sees the laser focus assist module pushed slightly to the right. It also seems that an attachment slot for a wrist strap has been added to the side where a person would likely hold the camera in their right hand. Also, the right-hand grip now sits flush with the main body of the camera while the original design appeared to have it jutting out slightly.
Light’s intriguing $1,700 camera can shoot as wide as 28mm, and up to 150mm for tighter shots, using five 28mm modules at f/2.0, five 70mm modules at f/2.0, and six 150mm modules at f/2.4. Built-in memory of 256GB stores each 52-megapixel shot snapped with the device. The L16 uses multiple small lenses to shoot photos at the same time and then fuses them into a DSLR quality image, which is the basic operating concept of the camera. The design allows the L16 to gather 10 times more light than a traditional smartphone, delivering incredible low-light performance. Interestingly, the L16 also allows the photographer to alter the focal plane and depth of field after taking the image.
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While the company has been grappling with a number of technical issues connected with the L16’s ambitious design, the company has said last week that it is aiming to begin shipping pre-orders to U.S.-based customers starting on July 14 of this year. However, the company also clarified that given the very long pre-order list, it expects fulfillment of the pre-orders to take until late summer. The company is also hoping to start accepting new L16 orders in the U.S. by late 2017. As a camera that is being noted for its differing looks and promise as well as versatility. Well, if you can imagine handling 16 lenses all at the same time, perhaps you need to pre-order this one.