A new camera is reinventing high definition photography because of its use of 16 different lenses in a single body.
The L16 is the first-ever multi-aperture computational camera and was built using folded optics and sophisticated imaging algorithms — and it’s so compact that it can fit inside a pocket.
Although it is difficult to compare the camera to other high definition cameras because Light, the company that makes it, not yet released the spec sheet, the price difference is already notable.
A Canon EOS 5D body, for example, has a retail price of nearly $2,800 and includes no lenses, while the L16 costs $1,299 and comes with a total of 16 different sized lenses.
There are five 35mm modules, five 70mm modules and six 150mm modules all controlled by a five-inch touch screen.
The camera is dust- and water-resistant and comes with Wi-Fi capabilities, GPS and high definition resolution.
While a traditional DSLR uses only one lens to focus light onto a sensor to capture a photo, Light’s L16 uses 16 different lenses to combine a total of 10 images that merge together to render every photo.
The camera can zoom up to 150mm, and it formats images in JPEG, TIFF and raw. The depth of field, focus and exposure can all be adjusted after the shot is captured, and the camera comes with a dual-tone LED flash.
For those who want to film video, the L16 shoots up to 4K video and comes with a standard ¼”-20 tripod socket on the bottom.
Although the camera will not be available until late summer in 2016, it can currently be preordered for $1,299 before it jumps in price to $1,699 after Nov. 6.