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Light Welcomes SoftBank and Leica to the Family

Light raises $121 million from SoftBank Vision Fund and Leica Camera AG Light, the leader in advanced computational imaging, today announced a Series D funding round of $121 million, led by the SoftBank Vision Fund. The renowned Leica Camera AG also participated in the financing. Light’s groundbreaking imaging platform enables machines to see like humans do, using sophisticated algorithms to combine images from multiple camera modules into a single high-quality image and enabling highly-accurate 3D depth extraction. Welcome to the era of the software-defined camera. In this era, pocketable, connected cameras can reconstruct the world ...

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Light EU Is Open For Business

Today, we’re opening Light EU. This is a big moment—not just for the company, but for the whole photography world. We’ve pushed beyond the limits of the modern camera and built an imaging device unlike any other out there. We’ve built the camera of the future—a smaller, smarter, easier way to photograph. And now the future is available for an international audience.* Building a global e-commerce experience from scratch hasn’t been easy. As our international followers know all too well, there have been bumps along the way. But we stuck ...

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L16 Update

L16 Update

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 ...

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Introducing the Light L16 Camera

by Rajiv Laroia, Light co-founder and CTO Light was founded to make beautiful photography more accessible than ever before. Today, we’re excited to announce we’ve made the first step toward this goal with the launch of the Light L16 Camera. This is the first product launch for Light, and as any parent or startup founder will tell you, the arrival of your firstborn is a nerve-wracking experience. When my daughter was born in 1999, I arrived at the hospital armed with my first 1 megapixel camera. Like all new parents, I was eager to ...

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Adding Fuel to the Fire

Light Closes $25 Million Series B Financing, Led by Formation 8 Hardware Fund by Dave Grannan, co-founder & CEO “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” Walt Disney once said. At Light, we are bringing incredibly high quality photography to small, mobile devices. At the dawn of Light, some called our challenge impossible. They told us that one simply could not increase the image quality of a photograph and decrease the optical size of the camera. But this challenge wouldn’t be fun if some didn’t deem it impossible. Others, however, were excited ...

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Partnering with Sunny Optical

Building groundbreaking technology products isn't easy. It truly takes a village. Along the way we've enlisted the help of incredible partners. We've previously talked about working with Foxconn's FIH Mobile. Today we're thrilled to share more about our work with Sunny Optical to help bring our camera technology to the world. Read more here. ...

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Light partners with Foxconn

by Dave Grannan, Light cofounder & CEO Last week, we disclosed, for the first time, the Light camera technology and the response has been overwhelming. Today we are announcing that Light has entered into a strategic relationship with Foxconn's FIH Mobile Ltd. We are attacking a $100B industry that is ripe for disruption and we’re thrilled to be working with an industry leader like FIH Mobile Ltd. who understands our vision and wants to be a part of bringing a new edge to capturing quality images. This new partnership will further support Light in achieving ...

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first look at Light's camera technology

Rachel Metz of the MIT Technology Review dropped by the office last week, and penned a piece about our camera technology. She wrote: Light is taking advantage of radical declines in the cost, weight, and size of optics that have happened as smartphones took over the cell phone market and, for many people, became their go-to camera. Unlike costly camera lenses that are made of glass, most smartphone camera lenses are made of plastic that’s stamped from molds. It is a much cheaper process, but the quality of images may not be as good. And ...

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