By Dave Gershgorn

Smartphones have fundamentally changed the world: Information is more readily available, computer sales are declining, and most people now have a high-quality camera in their pocket.
As pocket computers become ubiquitous, the demand for high-quality components that can fit into a handheld device has skyrocketed. The availability of cheaper, more powerful camera sensors and mobile processors is what made it possible for four-year-old startup Light to build its $1,699 L16 camera using not one, but 10 different lenses—kind of like how a spider has eight eyes. Light CEO Dave Grannan says the L16 is on par with a professional, full-frame camera (which is about twice that price) but Quartz hasn’t had a chance to test it.
Grannan says the L16’s quality is possible because the camera is built around computational photography, a burgeoning computer-science field that algorithmically constructs photos from data, rather than capturing exactly how light falls on an image. We spoke to Grannan about the L16 and how the concept of the camera is changing.

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