It’s been a few months since we examined the state of the Light L16. When we published our “First Look at the Light L16,” the camera was still in its infancy, and we had only just started shipping to pre-order customers a month earlier. Now, as we’re nearing the end of 2017, the L16 is in the hands of thousands of photographers across the U.S. More and more are receiving—and unboxing—their cameras every day. And soon enough, the Light L16 will be traveling overseas to photographers far and wide.
We’re pretty impressed with how our L16 owners have adapted to such radically new technology—and beyond excited by all the stunning photos they’ve captured with our tool. As more of our photographers share their experiences with the Light L16, we’ve started to notice where this little camera shines—and also where it still needs some work.
“The ultimate travel camera”
The resounding feedback from our customers points to the L16 as “the ultimate travel camera.” Just ask Bill Klipp, a wildlife photographer who recently took the Light L16 on a trip to Antarctica. “I plan to order up some large format prints from our trip as I was very impressed with the L16’s resolution and level of detail,” Bill mentions on his blog. He was so enamored with “this first-generation, highly innovative camera” that he recently ordered a second one, so that his wife, too, could experience our revolutionary approach to photography.
The L16 is becoming the “go-to” travel camera for others, too. Take photographer Rex Madden, for example. In a recent review, he discusses the L16’s weight and quality as the winning factors for those who like to travel light. “The quality of the images after getting home and processing them? Well beyond my expectations,” says Madden. “Many of the images put my DSLR to shame.”
“Not like any other camera out there.”
Madden also admits that the L16 takes some getting used to: “This is not like any other camera out there.” Professional photographers Kendrick Brinson and David Banks, who we commissioned to take the Light L16 to Mexico, agree. “It doesn't look like any camera we've ever used before in our 12 years of professional photography and it doesn't work like one either,” they explain. But it does save them a heck of a lot of packing. “To be able to fit a camera in a little purse that has a range of 28mm to 150mm is pretty astounding,” they echo.
The Light L16 does indeed ask you to experience photography in a whole new way. There’s a learning curve, as Klipp and others explain in their reviews. Where most L16 photographers have found that the camera works best (at the moment, at least) is on landscapes, architecture, and portraits. Brighter, daytime settings also seem to be producing the finest results when it comes to detail and quality. We know how different the Light L16 can feel for new users, so we asked our resident photographers to compile a series of best practices for shooting with the L16 and editing our unique files in Adobe tools. There are also tips for shooting in different scenarios, like portraits, landscapes, or fast-moving pets and kids.
What many L16 photographers see in the Light L16 is the potential. “I really like the possibilities of the L16,” says Tim Mulholland. “I definitely want it to improve and I know that it will.” They recognize that this is just the first iteration of their little camera and they’re eager to watch it evolve over time. “We actually received an updated processing software while we were in Baja,” notes Brinson. “The team is clearly working to improve it because it was already better than the first we'd used.”
Like any camera or new technology, the Light L16 is not without its shortcomings. We’re aware of the challenges our customers are facing, and we try to be as open as we can about what the software is lacking right now. The good news is our camera is smarter than most—and therefore, all of the features that need improving can and will be addressed in our monthly wireless software updates.
There are a few areas we mentioned in our previous post that we’ve already begun to work on and we’ll continue to improve in 2018:
- Low-light performance
- Image quality
- Overall workflow
We’ve also received a ton of great feedback from our users about the massive size of our files, which is why compression is at the top of our fix-it list. So is autofocus—we know we want to make it faster and smarter. Soon, we’ll add continuous autofocus and even face-tracking to make shooting on-the-go much easier. Our users are also right about the on-camera preview image—showcasing an unprocessed image won’t get anyone excited about their shots. We’re working to enable more processing on the L16, so you can have a better sense of how your final image will turn out. We’ll also add an easier sharing flow, so that you can show off your beautiful images straight out of the camera.
We’ve got our work cut out for us in the next few months, but we know we can make the Light L16 an even better camera than it is today. We hope some of our users have been able to experience the progress we’ve made this fall and are as excited as we are to see where we can take photography. One thing’s for sure: we couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without your feedback and support. Cheers to pioneering the future together.