California-Based Startup Announces a 16-in-1 Android Camera
While DSLR cameras do offer amazing features for professional and enthusiast photographers with varying zoom, focus and light sensitivity adjustments, it does sometimes become a chore to carry around all the various lenses. There is also the constant fear of accidentally dropping or damaging an extremely expensive lens.
Well it seems like that’s all about to change, if the California-based startup company, Light, delivers on its promise. The company, which recently partnered with Foxconn (famous for manufacturing Apple devices), has announced a 16-in-1 camera to counter the various DSLRs available in the market.
Named Light L16, the Android powered camera has as the name suggests, 16 camera modules capable of delivering DSLR like quality in a pocketable format.
All the camera modules are visible on the back of the L16, five of them being 35mm focal lengths, give at 70mm and six at 150mm. All these combined provide users the option of 35mm to 150mm optical zoom.
Whenever the user takes a picture, 10 of these cameras shoot simultaneously, creating an image of up to 52 megapixels at variable focal lengths. Such a large image size and the varied focal length allow adjustment of focus and depth of field by the user later on during post processing.
Not a lot of technical details about the camera are known at the moment, not even the Android OS version it is running on but it is known that L16 features Wi-Fi, dual LED flash and is about the size of a Google Nexus 6, although thicker.
The Light L16 is not cheap, costing about as much as a mid-range DSLR or mirrorless camera. Customers who reserve the L16 before November 6 can get it for $1,299 (after paying $199, with the rest of $1,100 to be paid at launch). After November 6, the camera will cost $1,699.
However, it looks like the L16 will only ship starting mid-2016, so you’ll have almost one year to wait before you can actually use it, that is if it actually succeeds and makes it to the market. Light is also planning on bringing a multi camera to smartphones.
More details about Light as well as the camera gallery can be seen here.