My early prediction was that it would be cool, but now I’m thinking it might be revolutionary.
This could be a DSLR killer.
But I'm sure you're still curious what it even is right?
Robert Scoble (tech nerd) had a chance yesterday to chat with the CEO of Light and you'll find his interview below. Watch that! The concept behind the camera is very different than any other camera on the market and I think it will usher in a new motif in cameras.
But before that, let's look at a couple of images…
What do you think of this image? Shot by DSLR? Nope, shot by the Light.
The Light has 16 lenses! Here's what it will look like:
Back in 2012, I interviewed Chuck Westfall at NAB and the one question I asked that I thought was important was when was Canon going to be embedding something like iOS in the camera. I mean really, even back then it was pretty obvious that software was going to be ‘the camera’ of the future.
So here it comes… this Light camera is running Android (not my OS of choice, but I understand why they went there over iOS)… which means it is extensible in many billions of ways.
Have a look at the discussion Robert Scoble posted yesterday on Facebook and you’ll see why I’m pretty excited.
** NOTE: Sorry – I thought the facebook embed would work — here's the video: www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153637361384655/
Features I picked out:
- Optical zoom from 35-150mm
- f 1.0 DOF!
- 4k video
- 50mp stills
- Android OS so can connect to wi-fi and install other software
- Can pair with iPhone or android phone apps to send out photos via cell service
- simple and expert modes – aperture, ISO, shutter speed priority settings.
- USB-c connectivity (does that mean we can get HDMI out too? Don't know)
- mic and headphone jacks
So my understanding from the Scoble interview is there are 5 35mm lenses, 5 70mm lenses, and 6 150mm. So they’re using software to combine the different images coming in from the different lenses/sensors. 10 of the ‘cameras’ are firing to create an image.
Pre-sales starting now, but delivery won’t be until next summer 2016
- No range beyond the 35-150mm range
- Larger than a smartphone
- Still have to carry 2 devices (smartphone and camera) – but this is obviously smaller
- Unknown optical properties tho the images look damn cool
- Not sure if it can sync flash and there was no mention of accessories
- HDMI out? Don't know.
I note that there is only one image on their gallery with much depth of field and the out of focus areas have some unique qualities – but we’ll have to wait for production units to see more details I guess.
The Light Story:
Light L16 Camera
This is some more behind the scenes info – tho the cover image looks the same as the video above, it is different content.
I'm sure we’ll be hearing lots about this… and i'd love to know what you think! Killer or Stupid?
(cover photo credit: Courtesy: Light (light.co/))