Light has reportedly arranged $30 Million in funding for its new 52 megapixel multi-aperture computational camera, the Light L16. The latest round of funding is majorly from GV (Google’s investment wing). It appears that the revolutionary new camera, widely considered to be the next big thing after Leica popularized the 35mm camera back in 1920’s, is slowly but surely becoming a reality. Ironically, the biggest thing since could very well become the killer of the biggest thing thus far.
If you are wondering what all the fuss about this new camera is, you must have been on a hiking trip and was cut off from civilization. The L16 was announced in October last year. The concept is could be best explained as a DSLR and a Light field camera fused together in a small smartphone form.
Even more confused? I’ll explain. If you have been aware of the Lytro Light Field cameras you would probably be able to grasp the concept easily. With the Lytro the idea was to capture an image first and then set the focus later on. With the Light camera the concept is similar, except that in this case not one but 16 individual cameras are used to make a series of images. These individual camera focus at varying focal lengths. These focal lengths being 35mm (5 cameras), 70mm (5 cameras) and 150mm (6 cameras). These images are then computationally fused together to produce a 52 megapixel ‘DSLR like mage’.
Among many other features you will get the Lytro Lightfield camera styled ability to select focus after you have made your images. You also get unmatched low light photography ability. The specs suggest there will be 16 individual sensors, each of 13 MP resolution. Plus, the camera will have an internal storage of 256 GB. The other design elements of the Light L16 incorporates an integrated dual-tone LED flash, a 5’ HD touchscreen, a strong die-cast aluminum alloy chassis with dust and water resistance, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This is the most powerful photography device that has ever been announced that fits the frame of a smartphone. The concept was so admired that the company achieved its target sales bookings for the first month in just two days! Looks like the company is in the right frame and has the right support to meet growing consumer expectations.