Why We Love the Light L16 Camera

15th Dec

Here’s why Light’s new L16 camera is going to be a game changer.

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These days, it seems like everyone’s a photographer – thanks to the rapid proliferation of smartphones and cheap digital cameras, we humans are taking more photos than ever before. In fact, according to TechRadar, we snapped over 880 billion photos last year alone.

And apparently, we don’t like to keep our shots to ourselves – the annual KCBP Internet Trends report indicated that over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to social sharing platforms every single day.

Quality and Quantity

While we at The Flash Pack are thrilled to see so many people embracing our artistic medium of choice, the quality-control side of our collective brain is starting to get nervous.

Today, most people use their smartphone cameras for nearly all of their photo taking needs, and when you think about it, it makes sense: they’re relatively inexpensive, we bring them with us everywhere we go and they fit nicely in the pockets of our favourite pair of jeans.

But while the quality of smartphone cameras has certainly improved in recent years, there’s still a significant gap between the consumer-grade digital cameras and high-end, DSLR devices. As a result, the vast majority of the images circulating on the web are low res, low quality, failing to do the real life moments they were meant to capture justice – and to us, this is simply heartbreaking.

So you can imagine our excitement when we heard about Light’s new L16 Camera.

A Paradigm Shift

Forest Flare

Courtesy: Light (http://light.co/)

What makes this device so special, you ask?

The L16 packs 16 individual lenses into one slim, streamlined body (it’s about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus). The camera snaps up to 10 shots at once, capturing every detail at multiple fixed focal lengths. The internal processor then kicks into high gear, fusing all the disparate images together into one, DSLR-quality photo with a 52 megapixel resolution.

The camera also features a 35-150mm true optical zoom, excels in low-light conditions and even allows you to adjust your depth of field and focus images after the photo has been taken. Is your mouth watering yet? Try not to short out your keyboard.

But the L16’s appeal isn’t just limited to the quality of its images – Light has developed a highly intuitive interface that makes taking stunning, professional-grade photos easier than ever. Moreover, the camera features a built-in editing suite, WiFi connectivity and one-touch sharing features so you can easily upload and your favourite shots to the web.

The Bigger Picture

Skater

Courtesy: Light (http://light.co/)

Ok, so at this point, you’re probably all wondering the same thing: how much does it cost? Unfortunately, Light is not exactly giving these babies away – the L16 comes with a price tag of approximately £1,120. But for the aspiring photographer, this isn’t completely unreasonable, especially when you consider that a typical professional-grade DSLR starts around £1,600 (not including the lens).

But more importantly, Light’s camera represents a step in the right direction. One of the things we love to talk about at The Flash Pack is the democratisation of amazingly cool photo technology.

As the technology powering the L16 is improved upon and similar products begin to enter the market, devices like this will become increasingly accessible to the average consumer. In other words, your Instagram feed is about to get a lot cooler.