It’s true that this idea of using 16 individual array of cameras and lenses can be baffling for people who have no idea. Is this spectacular and unique camera just another internet hype or does it actually serve a purpose? The Light L16 claims to create “DSLR quality in the palm of your hand”. That will soon be known. First announced in October 2015, Light L16 will enter into its expanded Beta phase in May, with pre-order shipping beginning in July.
Thanks to Light Rumors, we can see the first set of product images of the final production camera. They have certainly changed up things for the final release and it now looks more like the previously shown prototype. It’s undergone a slight redesign from the original shown in 2015, and now more closely resembles the previously shown prototypes.
The Initial design had a flash on top left corner of the camera where the logo “Light” now exists. It appears that the focus assistant beam was also moved.
The lenses don’t seem to have undergone any change in position.
Each lens has its specifications on its rim. Some of them are full frame equivalent lenses,
• 6 of the 150mm f/2.4
• 5 of the 70mm f/2
• 5 of the 28mm f2 lenses.
The previous version depicted a slightly bulged area for the grip and the current design appears to be flat in that regard. On closer inspection, we can see a tiny hole next to the logo “Light”, which could possibly be the microphone when video mode is activated.
WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO PRODUCE
The video here explains it.
BAD NEWS FOR NON-US FANS
The final pre-order shipments will begin on July 14th, 2017. They had plenty of pre-orders and don’t expect to have begun shipping them until late summer.
Over the years, we’ve seen many of the kickstarter projects falling through the cracks because of a fund crunch. Light has made a difficult decision to refund all International (non-USA) pre-orders due to uncertainty of shipping timelines.
I’m sure thousands of people who were eagerly awaiting to get their hands on this product will be disappointed. They will definitely draw comfort that their money isn’t frozen. More important, they will be able to purchase it at the same price when Light is certified to ship overseas.
Our last word here, let there be light!