Light’s insane multi-lens camera system coming to a smartphone

Light’s insane multi-lens camera system coming to a smartphone

Utilizing multiple lenses, this piece of equipment puts the power of capturing breath taking photographs back in the hands of an everyday camera user by pushing the boundaries of camera technology past anything we may have seen before. It is developing a new, multi-lens camera system that smartphone manufacturers can adopt for super high-end photo capture.

What is known so far comes from a tech-savvy journalist at the Washington Post who ventured to Light's manufacturing facility to witness the working prototype and several other concepts first hand.

According to the report, the phone may end up with between five and nine lenses and will be announced later this year.

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Light's debut product was the L16 - a camera that takes photos using 16 lenses with a variety of focal lengths and uses data from the 16 different photos to create one superphoto at 52MP.

While there's not much more to go on than that, the L16 camera hints at how Light's smartphone would work. The camera then uses algorithms to combine them into one high-resolution image. Huawei has also introduced a version of this, called the P21 Pro, featuring three lenses which are utilized for monochrome, color, and zoom. And the company claims its design can capture 64-megapixel shots, can take better photos in low light and offers advanced depth effects.

Just don't expect multicamera phones to be cheap.

A word of caution though, the pocket-friendly L16 camera costs $1,950 (£1,850), so it's unlikely that the firm's phone will be heralded for its affordability. Light's 9-camera phone prototype may also have a hefty price tag when it releases.

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