3 camera lenses? Psh, Light might be bringing 9 lenses to a new smartphone

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  • Camera company Light is developing a smartphone that could have up to nine camera lenses.
  • Light created the L16, a DSLR-replacement camera with 16 lenses.
  • Light says its new smartphone could launch this year, but it will likely be very expensive.

Remember the Light L16 camera? In 2015, a company with the very un-Googleable name Light announced a new type of camera that has 16 lenses working simultaneously to create DSLR-quality photos.

You may not remember the story, but you probably remember the way the L16 looked:

An image of the Light L16, showing its 16 lenses. Light

In 2015, the L16 seemed pretty crazy. But today, with smartphones like the Huawei P20 Pro (pictured at the top of this article) sporting three lenses working together to create high-quality images, it seems much less insane.

Light might have just been ahead of the curve with its product idea, but now that we're getting more used to the concept of multiple-lensed cameras, the company is working to bring a new smartphone to the world that will sport anywhere from five to nine lenses.

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According to an article in The Washington Post, Light has multiple prototypes in the pipeline it is testing for launch sometime this year. Light claims that with its multiple-lenses on a phone, users could capture 64MP shots. Wow.

However, to get that technology you'd better be ready to pay up, as the Light L16 starts at nearly $2,000. While these prototype smartphones have a fewer number of lenses – and will thus likely be less expensive than the L16 – you probably won't be buying one of these future Light smartphones for less than a grand.

What do you think? Would you buy an ultra-expensive smartphone that could very well replace your DSLR? Let us know in the comments!

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