Light's 9-Lens Camera Phone Could Even Score with DSLRs

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It's not every day that a camera pops up on the market that makes you do a double take, just to make sure that what you're looking at is real.

The company that makes the unique Light L16 camera, named after the number of lenses dotted on the back, is turning its attention to smartphones, the Washington Post reports.

According to the report, the phone may end up with between five and nine lenses and will be announced later this year.

Remember Light, the company that rolled out a 16-lens camera a year ago?

Why so many cameras?

A Light L16 multi-aperture computational camera, a CES 2018 Innovation Awards victor, is displayed at CES Unveiled Las Vegas, a press preview event before the start of CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 7, 2018.

The concept design shown to the Post reporter is capable of combining all of the images to take 64-megapixel photos, with superior low-light performance and better depth effects.

While there's not much more to go on than that, the L16 camera hints at how Light's smartphone would work. This phone has seven fewer lenses, but also requires a processor, screen, and other phone-specific features.

As flagship phones like the Galaxy S10 and 2019 iPhone are rumored to adopt three rear cameras, who's to say that four (or nine) camera setups aren't on the way?

That company is none other than Light, certainly no stranger to multi-camera systems on mobile devices, having put 16 lenses on its "multi-aperture computational" L16 camera, made available in July a year ago. Is the rumoured Light phone immediately on your radar?