Light launched its L16 camera today, which packs a bunch of small cameras into one device to (supposedly) shoot photos of DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) quality.
The camera is a key sales point for the smartphone, as such small sensor technology has developed and improved quickly over the past few years. The L16 is all about taking a bunch of these cameras — 16 of them — and jamming them into one dedicated device.
The L16 works by firing the multiple cameras at multiple focal lengths simultaneously, then computationally fuses the images together to create a single high quality image up to 52 megapixels, the company says.
Users can edit the photos they shoot on L16’s 5-inch screen. The camera also features social sharing functions.
The camera will retail for $1,699, Light says, and will ship in late summer 2016. A limited quantity will be available for pre-order through November 6 at a special price of $1,299.
Light launched the new product at Re/Code’s Code Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay, California today.
“Until the L16 camera, this required expert knowledge, heavy equipment and high prices,” said Light CEO and cofounder, Dave Grannan, in a statement. “Light’s vision is to enable anyone to take amazing pictures, and to change consumers’ mindset that quality must come at high cost, a big size and with a steep learning curve.”
Light raised a $9.7 million funding round last year from Bessemer Venture Partners, CRV, and Qualcomm executive chairman Paul E. Jacobs.
Light was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.