16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

According to the Washington Post, Light is working to bring its multiple-lens technology to smartphones. And the company claims its design can capture 64-megapixel shots, can take better photos in low light and offers advanced depth effects.

It wasn't made clear if Light is developing this phone on its own, or working with existing smartphone makers.

Light says its new smartphone could launch this year, but it will likely be very expensive.

So far, we have only see Huawei introduce a triple camera system on its P20 Pro smartphone. In case you never head about Light: it is the brand which released the first computational camera with 16 sensors, called L16.

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It's not clear whether Light aspires to be the next big smartphone company, or if it's simply betting that its notional multi-camera smartphone's unique selling proposition lures enough customers to make a profit. 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. And the most distinguishing feature is that it has up to nine camera lenses on the back.

A Light L16 multi-aperture computational camera, a CES 2018 Innovation Awards victor, is displayed at CES Unveiled Las Vegas, a press preview event before the start of CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 7, 2018. The camera is capable of taking 52MP photos, which are formed stitching together more than 10 perspectives.

Currently, the L16 costs $1,950, according to the report.

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