Never heard of Light? The small photography company wants to make “high quality photography more accessible than ever before”. And how is it going to do that? By cramming 16 lenses (and 16 different cameras) into a single compact camera called the Light L16, apparently.

The reason for the obscene amount of hardware is the unique way the L16 captures an image. When you press the button, 10 of the 16 cameras fire at thrree diffferent focal lengths. The resulting images are then stitched together to form a single image at a resolution of 52 megapixels.

But it’s not just about megapixels, the focus and depth of field can be adjusted, after a picture is taken.

other features includes 35 – 100mm optical zoom, a touch screen, and modified Android software packed into the form factor of a phone.

An image taken on the Light L16
An image taken on the Light L16

The fact that the L16 looks a lot like a phone isn’t a mistake either. Co-founder and CTO of Light explains:

I’m always be fascinated by photography and I own expensive DSLR cameras and lots of expensive cameras. Even though I had all this gear that can take phenomenal pictures,  I found myself taking more and more pictures with my cellphone, because it was there with me all the time. That’s when it occured to me that if we can make a camera that has the same quality and features as a DSLR camera, but in a form factor that can fit in my pocket and stay with me all the time, then I’d be taking much better pictures all the time

According to Recode, the L16 is: “about the size of a Nexus 6, but twice as thick”. That would make this odd camera around 159.3 x 83 x 20.2 mm. A little on the large size for a phone, but much smaller than a DSLR.

If you want a Light L16, and you order before November 6th, it will cost $1 299 (R17 497). Buying it after that date will push the price up to $1 699 (R22 890). Shipping is free in the US, and they’re not shipping internationally (yet).

The jury is out at the moment as to whether this is a genuine advancement in the world of photography, or a complete gimmick.

A closer look at all those lenses (left) and the back of the unit (right)
A closer look at all those lenses (left) and the back of the unit (right)
[Source – Light]