This New, Compact Camera Could Change the Way We Take Pictures

If you can’t take great pictures with this camera, just give up on photography.

The Light L16 is the world’s first multi-aperture computational camera. Translated into English: It packs 16 individual cameras—10 of which it fires simultaneously—capturing the same image at multiple different focal lengths. Then it uses all sorts of fancy hardware and software to integrate the best parts of them into one (up to 52-megapixel) image.

It certainly sounds impressive, but why would you want to do that? First, it gives you super high-quality images without having to lug around a bulky DSLR body and multiple lenses. Second, it’ll do amazingly well in low light situations (without needing a flash). Third, you’ll be able to adjust the focus and depth of field (i.e. background blurriness) even after you shoot the shot.

The L16 is expected to ship next summer with a generous touchscreen (for viewing and editing), 128 GB of onboard memory (for storing) and built-in Wi-Fi (for sharing). If you’d like to reserve one now (for a $199 deposit), you can secure earlybird pricing: just $1,299. But again, compare that to a big honkin’ quality DSLR—or 16 little cameras—and it’s not so bad, right?  

Photos by Light