Light L16 camera integrates 16 separate lenses, costs US$1,699
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While most smartphones come with a rear and a front camera, there has been a tendency to include dual lens rear cameras in more recent models. The dual lens setup allows for interesting features like the Bokeh effect, HDR, and increased sensitivity in darker conditions. Sure, the smartphone dual lens system cannot really compare to what DSLR quality lenses can offer for the time being. Would more separate lenses help handheld devices get on par with professional DSLRs? How about 16 separate lenses like the ones that come with the Light L16 that is about the same size of a regular smartphone (6.5 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches) and weighs 15 oz.
Even though the Light L16 camera was put up for preorder in 2015 for US$1,699, the device has just recently been approved by the FCC. The documents found on the FCC site offer a detailed look at the components and the functions of the camera. Inside the camera, there are 16 different 13 MP sensors that can work together in order to render a 52 MP final image. Shutter speeds range from 1/8000 to 15 seconds, but the ISO values you can select from are limited to 1000-3200, which means the sensitivity is not really high enough to get detailed pictures in low light environments.
The camera case is made of aluminum alloy and has a rubber grip on the right side. On the back of the camera there’s a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen display that allows users to adjust every parameter. Expanding on the Bokeh effect, the L16 lets you adjust the depth of field after the picture has been taken. It also offers 5x optical zoom and laser autofocus for each lens. Other features include:
• 28 mm, 70 mm and 150 mm lens sizes
• dual-tone LED flash
• proximity sensor
• 256 GB internal storage
• 4,120 mAh battery
• USB 3.0 Type-C port
• Android-based OS
For now, the L16 is sold out, but the manufacturing company will accept more orders in late 2017.