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Old October 8th, 2015, 08:06 AM   #1
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A High-End Camera in a Small Package

Do you think that this advancement would work in a video camera body as well

https://light.co/
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Old October 8th, 2015, 09:20 AM   #2
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This isn't a smart phone as well, is it? The reason people take pictures on their phones all the time is that they have their phones with them. If you had one of these, you'd have to carry it around as well as a phone, so you're only going to get one if you feel the need for a compact camera in addition to your phone, and if it's significantly better and/or cheaper than a top-notch pocket camera from Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, et al.

Would this work for video? Maybe, but it's going to have to do all those smart image computations 25 or 50 times a second, and run the results through a decent compression routine, whilst keeping everything cool enough to hold. That may be a bit more than the technology can support just at the moment - at least, at an affordable price. Give it a few years...

Edit: just looked at the web site. Under Frequently Asked Questions is this:
"Does it take video? Yes, the Light L16 camera takes up to 4k video from a single camera module at 35mm, 70mm or 150mm effective focal length"
So no fancy computational zoom and user-selectable depth-of-field. More like those nice old cine cameras with a choice of 3 fixed lenses on the front.
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Their website does a bad job of telling us why we should give a damn.
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Old October 8th, 2015, 10:33 AM   #4
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It would be nice to be able to dial in a lens on a video camera similar to how you can dial in your ND filters
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Their website does a bad job of telling us why we should give a damn.
Yea, what's going on here -- where is the spec...?!

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Old October 9th, 2015, 04:42 PM   #6
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"What kind of sensor?"
Yes!

"What kind of lens?"
Lots!

"What codec?"
It has bubbles on it!
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Old October 9th, 2015, 10:46 PM   #7
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It's really a $1,300.00 proof of concept for gadet-philes. Cool idea but far from practical at this point. It's too expensive for consumers who can mostly take great images on their iPhone 6s and Galaxies and it's not capable enough for pros (no way to trigger external flashes, limited focal range, consumer build and ergonomics, etc.) It will be interesting to see if it flops or has some success. I give them props for at least innovating, it's definitely outside the box thinking.

It's kind of like the Nikon One and the competing Ricoh that each had a 1" sensor in a P&S package a year or two ago. Great technology that flopped because it didn't appeal to consumers (too expensive and who wants a P&S when cell phones can shoot decent snapshots these days?) and it didn't appeal to pros (yes, cool 1" sensor but still fixed lens, expensive for what it was, etc.)

It remains to be seen if this Light concept solves more problems than it causes.
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