Light L16 Multi-Lens Camera Gets Pre-Launch Upgrades, Lots of New Investment Cash

Light L16 Multi-Lens Camera Gets Pre-Launch Upgrades, Lots of New Investment Cash

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We first met the Light L16 camera last year, and got a chance to see the prototype in person back at the 2015 PhotoPlus Expo. Basically, the idea is to create a camera body with 16 individual sensors and smartphone-style lenses, then use clever and advanced software to achieve impressive photographic feats such as super-high resolution and an increased effective dynamic range. It’s a computational camera and the idea has been met with a wide range of responses from enthusiastically positive to incredibly skeptical. Now, Light has announced that the camera is still on track to be released with better features than initially promised, thanks in part to a $30 million cash infusion from investors including Google.

The $1,699 camera is “sold out until 2017” at the moment, but the company says those who pre-ordered the Light L16 will be able to get an effective 28–150mm focal range instead of the 35–150mm range initially promised. The unit will also now ship with 256 GB of internal storage instead of 128 GB.

The interesting thing about the focal range change is that it may not even be related to a change in hardware. A computational camera like this one will likely be able to evolve rather significantly through software updates, even more than traditional cameras do with normal firmware updates.

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