16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone


However, even with that many lenses on the rear, The Washington Post reports that the prototype handset is no thicker that an iPhone X.

The Post reports that Light has several working prototypes of these phones, one of which is shown above. The lenses, all together, manage to capture 64-megapixel shots and work remarkably well in low-light as well as high-speed conditions. As insane as it sounds, Light, the company behind the L16 camera with 16 lenses on one side (see the video at the bottom of this article), is said to be working on a handset. The L16 finally entered production over a year ago, but now there's word that Light is working on bringing its multi-lens tech to a smartphone. If the company's smartphone is going to be anywhere near that price point, then it's hard to imagine it'll sell many units, especially given that the phone is going to be made by a company that's a newcomer in terms of mobile devices.

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.

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The L16 was announced all the way back in 2015 and uses the 16 megapixel lenses to capture the same image at different focal lengths and exposures. The smartphone's 40MP sensor is an RGB one, the 20MP one is a monochrome sensor, while the 8MP is the telephoto lens. Dropping the lens count to something like nine might help reduce costs, but not by much.

How many cameras is too many cameras? And these features are what we expect to see in the upcoming smartphone with 9 cameras.