As a photographer, one of the biggest headaches of your day-to-day life is probably determining how you are going to transport your camera equipment with you everywhere you go. With the DSLR and all of the different lenses that you need for an effective shoot, you probably feel a little like a pack-mule every time you leave the house.
A startup company called Light aims to fix this problem with their newest camera, the L16. The L16 mimics the iPhone in that it is easily portable. You can fit it in your pocket. But while the typical phone camera captures 12 megapixels in each image, the L16 can capture up to 52 megapixels.
The L16 can manage this feat because, instead of being made up of one big lens, it carries 16 different lenses of different sizes and specialties within it. Some of these lenses are wide-angled lenses, while others are made for long distance. When you take a photo, the L16 combines the images from several of these lenses to create one hyper-focused, high definition photograph.
The implications of the L16 promise a new world for photographers. For those of us who want to hike mountains, we will no longer have to deal with the pressure of that camera bag on our shoulder. For the days when we go out with our family and don’t know if we’ll want to take any pictures, the L16 is an easy camera to hold onto for spur-of-the-moment photographs.
The L16’s re-imagination of the typical camera lens is what stands out most about this new pocket device. It’s use of 16 lenses instead of one broadens the possibilities of how we capture an image, and how clear the image is going to be.
The multiple lenses also grant photographers the opportunity to control their depth of field with the swipe of a finger (yes, the camera is completely controlled by a touch screen). Even after a photo is taken, you can re-adjust the depth of field and the focus in the image.
Now the L16 is a new product and it isn’t without flaws. Photographers who have already experimented with the L16 warn that the camera still seems to be in its learning phase. It is a little slow with the focus, so it can be difficult to capture photos of fast-moving objects. The camera is also still learning how to adjust to low-light photos… the images can appear grainy and out of focus.
Nonetheless, these are software issues that the creators of the L16 are still working on adjusting. In the near future, this re-imagination of the camera could make life much easier for photographers.