World’s first multi-aperture camera boasts 52 MP resolution

  • The Light L16 is a compact camera with DSLR quality Image courtesy: Light
  • The Light L16 is fitted with 16 individual cameras. Image courtesy: Light
  • A closer look at the 16 cameras on the Light L16. Image courtesy: Light
  • The Light L16 has a touch screen which doubles as a viewfinder. Image courtesy: Light
  • The Light L16's 35mm zoom. Image courtesy: Light
  • The Light L16's 70mm zoom. Image courtesy: Light
  • The Light L16's 150mm zoom. Image courtesy: Light
Date:14 October 2015 Tags:, , , , ,

A desire to make DSLR photography more compact has resulted in the world’s first multi-aperture camera. And it might be a game-changer for mobile cameras altogether.

The Light L16 is the brainchild of Dr. Rajiv Laroia. An avid photographer, Laroia found that he was taking more photographs using his smartphone camera than his expensive DSLR camera, as his smartphone was always on hand. This inspired him to create a camera that had the same quality and abilities as a DSLR, but was smaller and portable. So the Light L16 was born.

The Light replaces the DSLR’s expensive large lens with multiple smaller and inexpensive lenses. The result is a multi-aperture camera that captures images using different lenses, depending on the amount of light available and subject matter being photographed.

With a 35-150 millimetre true optical zoom, the camera captures images at a resolution of 52 megapixels. It’s said to  provide crisp images at the same cost as an average 50 – 150 millimetre DSLR lens.

The Light L16 is expected to complete production in the third quarter of 2016, and is available at a discounted pre-order cost of $1 299 (about R17 300) on the Light website.

Watch the video below for more details about how the Light L16 works.

Images and video credit: Light