New Light L16 Images From Cuba! Oh The Dynamic Range and the Narrow Depth of Field **Updated

Today, Light published a lot of news from the Light L16 and added a new blog post with new images from the camera. They note that these are from an early build in February so we could get even better imaging from the production release. See those dates here!

The photos are from their trip to Cuba and are available here

What do you think? Tell me in the comments and share with all of your friends please?

I’m going to share a couple with some analysis:

Cuba is of course a unique place to shoot… and on the beach during midday sun? Something I would typically avoid. But notice the sky is here, clouds are here, water is here (tho it is blown out a bit on the horizon) – and yet, with the young woman’s face in the shadow, we still see her face! Nice! Very good dynamic range. Make sure to click thru to their site to see it large!

Related updates from April 14, 2017:

How about the last image? The Woman in the Red Dress?

There’s some interesting things going on here – but first notice again the dynamic range! Look into the shadows on the left and you can see quite a bit of detail… but you also notice some of the difficulty of processing these images coming from so many different lenses… first the original:

But let’s look into those shadows and we also see some bits (in the top circle) that are in focus and some that aren’t (in the bottom – things in the same physical plane of the top circle) – but we kind of expected all of this to be out of focus because the camera focused on the woman right? These bits are out of the focal plane:

and just to the side of that,

I asked Light about anomalies like this and got this very logical response:

The prototype L16s will produce images with artifacts from time to time.  Light’s Polar Fusion Engine, which processes the images, is still in beta. Eagle-eyed photographers who find these artifacts will also note the dramatic reduction of them over the last year of development.. With an increasing number of L16s being deployed for testing, we have more and more images available to calibrate and refine the Polar Fusion Engine. This means that improvements are happening day-to-day. It’s a really exciting time!

So for all of you pixelPeepers and folks worried about the creation of the images from so many sensors, you have good news; Light is working hard on making everything work well and the more images shot, the more they improve the algorithm – which I assume will be able to be updated via firmware or maybe even the Android store? We still have a lot to learn don’t we?

(cover photo credit: Courtesy: Light (light.co/))

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