The 52 Megapixel, 16 lens Light L16 first broke cover in October 2015 and, while the production schedule has slipped a couple of times since, Light has finally attached a mid-July ship date to pre-orders.
It would possibly be wise not to consider that absolutely set in stone, as an expanded beta program doesn’t kick off until May (when we should hopefully start seeing some more shots from the unit circulate) and mass production isn’t scheduled until late June. But it is a date and that is a good thing to hear.
Shots from recent prototype testing in Cuba have been somewhat promising to say the least...
As keen-eyed observers have noticed, some interesting modifications from the original prototype have been made too. The flash unit now looks to be dual colour and has been moved from a position above the logo to one nestling centrally amongst the lenses, as a consequence of which the laser focus assist module has shifted a bit to the right. The hand grip has lost its mild bump.
No shots of the bottom, no shots of the back - all of which is leading to the sort of fevered speculation and odd conspiracy theory normally associated with the dark side of the moon.
The full load out of lenses that feed into the 16 individual 13MP sensors meanwhile is confirmed as five 28mm f/2.0 wide-angle lenses, five 70mm f/2.0 lenses, and six 150mm f/2.4 telephoto lenses. 4K video is thus produced with 28mm, 70mm or 150mm focal lengths at full frame equivalent
The company estimates that it will spend most of the rest of the year fulfilling its back orders, with new orders not opening until sometime in late 2017 with a price in the region of around $1700 attached to them.