Light Built a Phone with 9 Cameras

Light's multi-lens camera tech is coming to a phone

Light's multi-lens camera tech is coming to a phone

After LG and Huawei launched their first smartphones with dual cameras (Huawei P9 and LG G5), two camera setups became one of the main trends of the mobile devices sector. In this photo, Light's L16 camera with a 16 lens system. From Apple to Xiaomi, most smartphone makers are incorporating this feature in their phones. Ten or more of those lenses capture an image at the same time under different focal lengths; the camera stitches those images into a single 52-megapixel photo. The multi-lens system is able to achieve good performance even with low-light conditions and it can apply depth effects thanks to several different sensors included.


According to an article in The Washington Post, Light has multiple prototypes in the pipeline it is testing for launch sometime this year. Rumours have claimed that Apple could introduce a similar triple lens system on its iPhone series in 2019. While these prototype smartphones have a fewer number of lenses - and will thus likely be less expensive than the L16 - you probably won't be buying one of these future Light smartphones for less than a grand. The smartphone also has what the company called 5X hybrid zoom feature. Dropping the lens count to something like nine might help reduce costs, but not by much. In 2015, a company with the very un-Googleable name Light announced a new type of camera that has 16 lenses working simultaneously to create DSLR-quality photos. In any case, the idea of a phone that can take 64-megapixel shots is astonishing, and should no doubt make all smartphone enthusiasts pretty excited.

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