The Light L16 is the first device of its kind as it is a multi-aperture computational camera that will pack the same quality and capability as a DSLR fit into a device that can be placed right inside your pocket. While the description for the device does sound very promising, many might turn their heads and wonder about its design.
At first glance, the camera’s front looks pretty normal. It has a large display screen, and the shutter button is located up top, which is what a normal camera should look. However, when you flip the camera over to its back, you will see where its magic resonates, and possibly also its “new” aesthetic design.
The back of the camera has, count ’em, 16 tiny individual camera modules at its back. If that doesn’t scream “unique” for a camera, then what would be?
The Light L16 is an Image Taking Device That’s Also a First of Its Kind
The Light L16 is a “computational camera” which refers to how it takes the photos. The 16 tiny modules at its back are individually comprised of 2 primary components. One of the components is a lens composed of elements of molded-plastic. The plastic uses a folded-lens technology, which even though sounds new, it’s not. The folded lens use a mirror, or a prism if you will, to reflect or refract light at a 90-degree angle. This will then send the information to its optics that reside in the body of the camera.
Each of the lens of the L16 camera has a f/2.4 aperture and their viewing angle is at 35-millimeters, 70-millimeters, or 150-millimeters. There are 6 150-millimeter modules, 5 70-millimeter ones, and 5 35-millimeter lenses.
Each lens is pointed at a 1/3.2-inch sensor. The sensor has a 13-megapixel image resolution and contains a pixel pitch of 1.1 microns. These are the same specs that can be found in a smartphone, which can also be compared to the camera found in the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Once the shutter button is pressed, it will take 10 simultaneous shots. The camera modules that will be used for the shot are algorithmically selected, then will tile five of the captured images into one single photo. When you “zoom” into the image, the camera combines the tiles from the different viewing angles (due to the different camera modules) to simulate the angle of the zoom that the user has chosen. This is called computational zoom.
The resulting image taken from the Light L16 will then have no fixed resolution. It can have 13-megapixel ones, to even 52-megapixel images. It sounds like a lot of mathematical algorithms just to take a single photo, but the resulting image will be nothing less than spectacular.