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Light's many-camera approach to lightening your photography load (pictures)

At the very least, it'll be a great conversation starter.

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A bit odd looking

With the footprint of a phablet, it actually doesn't look much different than a typical phone -- unless you count the array of 16 lenses on the front. As designed, it also lacks a decent grip.

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The guts

Behind each "lens" on the front is actually a tiny camera which has a tiny lens pointed at it.

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The array

 The light hits the mirror, which redirects it to a 1/3.2-inch sensor via a lens barrel with the equivalent angle of view of a 35mm, 70mm and 150mm lens.

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Super camera

Each camera module connects to a circuit board and feeds the individual images into a processing engine that merges them into a single 52-megapixel photo.

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Self diagnosing

The camera can tell when there's dirt or obstructions in front of the lenses and will tell you to clean the lenses.

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Labelicious

I'm not sure why Light chose to label every single element on the front; it makes it look really busy. Neverthless, you can see that each lens has a f2.4 aperture and the camera uses a laser rangefinder for autofocus.

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Optional grip

There will be an optional grip. While attempting to reinvent camera design, Light falls into the same trap that many manufacturers before it have -- sacrificing function for form.

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Touch screen operation

You operate the camera using the 5-inch touchscreen LCD -- that thumb grip is actually a little touchpad -- or by your mobile device tethered via Wi-Fi.

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Connectors

The L16 has a mic and headphone jack as well as a USB Type-C connector for charging and file transfer -- I think it's the first Type-C connector I've seen on a camera, though it likely won't be the first since it's not shipping for a while.

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