US-based digital photography company and camera-maker Light is prototyping a smartphone with five to nine cameras that could be capable of capturing a 64MP image, the media reported.
Light's nine-camera phone may take advantage of this tech and put it on a smartphone. Huawei is offering the most on the market with three rear sensors on the Huawei P20 Pro. but how about nine? As insane as it sounds, Light, the company behind the L16 camera with 16 lenses on one side (see the video at the bottom of this article), is said to be working on a handset.
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Reportedly, it plans to announce such a phone by 2018 end. Rumours have claimed that Apple could introduce a similar triple lens system on its iPhone series in 2019. Although 16 lenses may seem excessive, the camera is able to capture multiple pictures simultaneously at different depths and focal lengths.
Light took the point-and-shoot to the next level and designed their camera to take photos with DSLR-level quality and it was quite the journey, considering it all started as a crowd-funding project back in 2015. The smartphone's 40MP sensor is an RGB one, the 20MP one is a monochrome sensor, while the 8MP is the telephoto lens. Nine cameras would also allow you to create significantly detailed depth-maps, enabling your photos to generate much more accurate artificial bokehs/background blurs. Companies are chomping at the bit to make their cameras more reliable, work better in low light, and add features that people want.
Currently, the L16 costs $1,950, according to the report.