We all know what Light is, and it’s crazy idea of adding 16 lenses at the back of its digital camera. The peculiarity of the product has created a buzz for a short while, but the asking price of $1,950 is prohibitive. Moreover, the camera is greeted with bad reviews with The Verge calling it a “futuristic frustration“. Now, as odd it may seem, the company wants to bring this idea into our smartphones.
Light recently showed the Washington Post some of its concept and working prototype handsets with between five to nine lenses built on the back. The company claims that the phone can capture whopping 64-megapixel photos, with better lowlight performance and exceptional depth effects.
Before you get excited, the processing power to stitch all those individual shot to create high-res photos, albeit not impossible, is beyond demanding. For example, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset can only accommodate up to 7 cameras (including front). Hence, Light might have their’s custom built which may take a while. Regardless, the company wishes to set forth this idea by the end of this year.
The growing popularity of dual-lens cameras has given way to manufacturers to experiment with different ideas. Earlier this year, Huawei unveiled the P20 Pro with three lenses on its rear. Critics love the phone and so it goes on to be the benchmark for a modern camera phone. That if we believe in DxOMark.
Light is aiming for the same buzz. In fact, high enough that manufacturing giant Foxconn backs the company. It is also worth noting that Light has received cash injection amounting to $30 million from GV (formerly Google Ventures) in 2016.
No words regarding future plans to collaborate with existing smartphone maker.
Via Digital Trends