The $1,700 Light L16 4K 52 Mpix Camera with After Capture DoF and Focal Length Control

ShadowLight L16 Camera

Light introduced it's up-coming phone-sized "Light L16" camera that has 16 lenses and ability to choose focal length (35mm, 70mm, 150mm) and DoF (Depth of Field) after an image is captured.

This capability is due to the 16 lenses on the Light L16.

The lenses are placed on the unit sideways and are supplemented with a set of moving mirrors.

You can now reserve a "Light L16" for the bargain price of $1,300
, by September 2016 that price will increase to $1,700.

L16 Camera in hand


    • 5" touchscreen
    • 128GB storage
    • 52 Mega pixels
    • minimum focus: 10 cm (35mm), 1m (150mm)
    • dust and water resistant
    • multi-aperture computational camera
    • video capture up to 4K
    • standard tripod socket
    • Simultaneous HDR capture
  • GPS and accelerometer
  • Outputs JPEG, TIFF, raw DNG
  • built-in dual-tone LED flash
  • Adjustable aperture after taking the photo
  • Adjustable focus after taking the photo
  • 150mm f/2.4 Camera x6
  • 70mm f/2.4 Camera x5
  • 35mm f/2.4 Camera x5


What DSLR is available for purchase for $1,700?

I would invest in a used Canon 5D or 5D MkII and couple of lenses like a 17-40mm f4, 100mm macro f2.8, 50mm f1.8 or a 85mm f1.8.

On the other hand the L16 is a compact, light-weight, quality camera that fits in your pocket and can be with you forever. If you are not a professional photographer, this camera could be the ideal match for your needs.

But for serious photographers I am not sure the "Light L16" will be your camera of choice. Only time will tell, but the L16 does give really good quality on sample photos:


L16 Gallery 4 - 35mm


L16 Gallery 5 - 70mm


L16 Gallery 6 - 150mm


L16 Gallery 4 center crop - 35mm

35mm center crop

L16 Gallery 5 center crop - 70mm

70mm center crop

L16 Gallery center 6 crop - 150mm

150mm center crop

L16 Gallery 1

L16 Gallery 1

L16 Gallery 25

L16 Gallery 25

L16 Gallery 1 center crop

L16 Gallery 1 center crop

L16 Gallery 25 center crop

L16 Gallery 25 center crop


As experience shows, the features captured on paper do not necessarily represent the true capabilities of this camera.

I think we are going to have to sit back and wait to see if the photo gear market decides that the quality of the images produced by the L16 moves them towards a more compact camera and if the DSLR makers out there are going to introduce something really revolutionary to be competitive.




About the Author

Alexander JemeljanovSiebel Consultant / System Analyst with more than 8 years experience. Main hobbies include - photography, videography, and microstocking with more than 6 years experience. I also enjoy sports activities, blogging, and trying new things.View all posts by Alexander Jemeljanov →

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