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L16 Update (July 2016)

Last October, we debuted the L16, the world’s first multi-aperture computational camera. Since then, we’ve been working feverishly to bring our camera to market. We have some very exciting news to share today.

L16 Product Improvements

First, we’ve made some changes to the L16 product spec that we think you’re going to like.

When we launched L16 pre-orders, we planned to provide 35-150mm optical zoom equivalent. Many of our pre-order customers emailed us asking for a wider focal length, and we listened. Today, we are pleased to announce that the shipping L16 Camera will have a 28-150mm optical zoom equivalent. This wider zoom range will make for more dramatic landscapes, more interesting street and architectural photos and a more versatile camera overall.

We were also planning to include 128GB of internal memory in the camera when we unveiled the initial product specs late last year. 128GB is a significant amount of memory, but as part of our continued effort to deliver the best possible product to our customers, we were able to obtain early access to a limited supply of 256GB internal memory parts and will be including that increased memory in our pre-order cameras at no additional cost.

We hope our customers will find this wider-angle camera with double the storage truly delightful. (A fuller view of the L16 tech spec is now available here.)

Prototype Manufacturing Video

Second, on one of our recent trips to our manufacturing facilities in Asia, we filmed the production of the most recent L16 prototypes. We hope you enjoy going behind the scenes with this video.


Series C

Last, but certainly not least, we are pleased to announce that we’ve closed a $30M series C round of funding, led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). We will put these funds to good use as we scale our global supply chain to meet overwhelming demand.

Since our launch, we have become intimately familiar with the mantra, “hardware is hard.” In addition to building a world-class mobile device from the ground up, Light is also developing a paradigm-shifting optics system which is powered by revolutionary imaging software. Having top-tier investors like GV support our mission ensures Light is in the best possible position to conquer this challenge.

We are grateful to GV and look forward to learning from their expert team and gaining insights from their impressive network of portfolio companies. Onwards and upwards!

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L16 Update (May 2016)

logistics, logistics, logistics

It’s shaping up to be another productive month at Light. Our Operations team spent April and most of May identifying, visiting, and evaluating potential US distribution centers.

The distribution center plays a key role in getting L16 cameras to customers and serves as the hub of supply chain and fulfillment operations. Once the L16 comes off the manufacturing line in Asia, it will be packaged and transported to the center. There, cameras will be added to inventory systems, sorted, and put on shelves. Next, customer orders will be sent to our distribution center partner and associated with individual cameras. Those cameras will be picked from the shelves, packed into boxes, and shipped to our customers.

box

As the team evaluated all the options, they had a long list of requirements to satisfy. Among those were a history of excellence in fulfilling complex hardware products for some of the world’s most reputable brands, the ability to interface directly with our back-office systems, and high-quality service levels including fast processing and short delivery times.

After much consideration, we have partnered with a distribution center that meets all of our technical and service level requirements. We’re confident that this partnership will result in a seamless post-purchase experience for our customers.

shelves

The L16 goes north

In addition to crossing an important milestone on the logistical front, we’ve had a chance to test our camera in the wild. Recently, Josh Anon, a Bay Area photographer and member of our creative advisory board, traveled to Svalbard with one of our P1 (Prototype 1) units. You can see some of the photos he captured along with Josh’s account of the trip on our photoblog: Captured.

svalbard

More to come from us soon. In the meantime drop us a line any time at [email protected]

L16 update (March 2016)

Since launching the L16 back in October, a lot has happened at Light. Our team has grown, and we finally outgrew our humble abode in Palo Alto. You’ll now find our marketing, operations, and design teams working from our new space in SoMa (San Francisco), and our supply chain and manufacturing teams working from our new office in Taipei.

Light Taipei Office

As our team continues to grow, we remain laser-focused on building and perfecting the L16 camera. We’re grateful for your patience, and we’re excited to share a few updates with you today.

Optics

L16 camera modules

As we transition from the prototype stage to the mass production stage, we’ve completely redesigned our camera modules - the individual lens/barrel/sensor assemblies that form the heart of the L16’s optical array. This redesign ensures that the modules will perform consistently across a wide range of environments and use cases. These new modules also include our production image sensors. We’re very excited to begin showing you full-resolution images from these beautiful new sensors soon.

Processing

Our image processing software has also seen great progress as we’ve moved toward production. Since August, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to render color accurately in our processed images. This powerful software is well on its way to maturity, and you’ll see more examples of this in the coming months.

Manufacturing

L16 chassis

On the construction front, we’ve made refinements to the mechanical designs of the L16 as our components near their final, production specifications. We’ve improved the camera body and will be combining the new bodies with the new camera modules next month.

We are very excited about the next phase and shipping the L16 to our early customers. We have a few more developmental milestones to clear before we can finalize our shipping calendar, but expect that we’ll have more to share on that in another update or two.

We’ve come a huge distance in the last few months, and we remain grateful for your support and encouragement as we hustle to get this truly spectacular camera into the world.

As always, you can reach us at [email protected] with any questions.

L16 pre-sales window is closed

Last week, our CEO, Dave Grannan, gave an update on L16 pre-order sales. Today I’m happy to share that we have now sold our entire pre-order allotment of L16 cameras, and that the pre-sales window for the L16 camera has now closed.

Now our attention shifts entirely to finishing development of the L16 and building out the Light ecosystem. We’ll share more details about the camera (including the full technical specifications) in the coming months. As we continue taking our prototypes out on photo-adventures, we’ll be posting new images to our gallery and to our photoblog, Captured. If you are interested in meeting us or seeing the L16 in person, please check out our event calendar.

While we don’t yet have firm dates for shipping or when we’ll begin taking new orders, if you’d like to stay updated, please sign up for email notifications.

Thanks again for your support - we’re thrilled to be building the future of photography together!

L16 Pre-sales Update

Happy 2016! I’m Dave Grannan, CEO and co-founder of Light. As we move into the new year, I'd like to officially welcome you to the Light family. We are incredibly grateful for our enthusiastic community and early supporters who pre-ordered a Light L16 camera.

Last October, we started taking pre-orders for the L16. We chose the pre-order model in order to engage the photographic community in ongoing product development, establish product demand, and activate our global supply chain. In the last three months, our pre-order sales have wildly outpaced our initial forecast. As a result, I’m announcing that we are on pace to sell out of our entire pre-order allotment of L16 cameras by the end of this week.

Once the L16 pre-order window has closed, anyone interested in purchasing an L16 will need to wait until standard sales begin later this year. (To be notified when that occurs, sign up for email notifications.)

We are looking forward to shipping cameras to all of our customers who have pre-ordered the L16 before the end of 2016. We’ll continue to keep everyone updated on our progress on our company blog, Spotlight, on our new photo blog, Captured, and through our social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We’re humbled to see the overwhelming demand for what we’ve built. Rajiv and I founded Light to make beautiful photography more accessible than ever before, and we are so grateful for our early customers and strong community of supporters. We hope that the technology behind the L16 inspires an entirely new future for optics, and in 2016 we are focused on delivering an impeccably produced product to enable this to happen.

If you’d like to meet us in person, you can check out our event calendar for a list of shows and regional meet-ups we plan to attend. We’ll also be at CES in Las Vegas this week. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, please send us an email and we'll let you know where we'll be.