Light.co’s L16 Camera

Last year Light introduced us a camera that can fit in your back pocket and competes with the likes of DSLR quality cameras, offering high-resolution images up to 52 mp, compare that to Sonys’ Full-frame cameras which can go up to 42mp, and Canons 5DS which can shoot at about 50 mp.

So whats so great about this camera?

Well, one you don’t have to carry many lenses with you, with DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras the body might be light, but you still need a lens to capture beautiful photos, the glass can get quite heavy and you end up carrying about 10lbs of lenses just so you’re fully prepared for any situation, the other issue is that you have to switch between the different lens if you’re truly taking a variety of photos, but that’s amateur talk.

The L16 (as the name has it) comes pre-equipped with 16 lenses and sensors, that’s right. They took the dual-lens philosophy from Apple’s iPhone 6, 7, 8 and X and added 14 more lenses. Each lens also has its own sensor, the magic happens in onboard software as it combines photos from the different lenses into a single photo, ending up with a 52-megapixel photo.

What’s the software like?

The OS on the Camera is actually a flavor of Android which has a few settings that’ll let you control some of the features as a camera. There are very limited options on to how many types of photos you can take. It’s got Manual controls and Auto with Dynamic AutoFocus. The one thing that’s missing from the camera is an Aperture priority mode and it’s because the 16 lenses all have different apertures, once you’ve taken a photo, you can edit the aperture in their Lumen desktop application, after your edit you can export it as a DNG or JPG file and further edit the photo in your favorite photo application.

Does it take videos, continuous photos or time-lapse?

According to their site, with a firmware update, the L16 will be able to capture 4K video, my problem with that statement is this. Already the camera is slow in taking photos in fast succession, with no upgrades to the CPU on the device, I’m reluctant to count this camera’s ability to shoot 4K video, and if it will shoot 4K, will it be 15fps, 30 fps or 60 fps? It’s possible that it’ll offer 4K video at 24 or 30fps using HEVC or H.265 codec. But again I just don’t find myself waiting for these things to come to me. It just breaks my workflow, where it totally can support third-party applications to let you edit photos on the fly.

So is it a keeper?

For folks that are just getting into the photography and do not own a smartphone, or want to be on the cutting edge, this camera might be for you. I tried out the camera for a week, sure I didn’t take extensive photos as I should’ve for a full-review-worthiness. But here’s what stopped me from using it more. I’m very used to taking photos on my iPhone 8 Plus (portrait mode, videos, timelapse, you name it), and then I’d edit the photo on my phone on several different photo editing apps creating the look that stands out for me. Even DSLRs and mirrorless cameras these days have the ability to transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet, the L16 did not have that ability, I’m sure it’ll be a software update… but I just can’t find myself taking photos with a camera this advanced.

The other thing they talk about is competing with DSLR and full-frame sensors, are 16 sensors as good as one full-frame or crop sensor? They like to think so, but they aren’t. Being a photographer with an eye for detail the camera falls short in this department. There’s noise in low-light conditions and no matter what I was not able to get the results they boasted about on their site.

I’m very much set in my workflow of how I take photos and process them and L16 just falls short in that department.

 

For me, it’s not a keeper.

Check out more about the L16 camera at Light.co

Need to write the first post

This is the first post, first post of many posts (I hope); in this post I would like to write about things that would normally go on a tech blog. So many tech blogs already exist so how is this different? it’s not. It’s a tech blog but I’m doing the writing and that’s difference. I’m not featured on the other blogs although I’ve sent them emails.

So what do I like about tech. Everything. It has changed how we live our lives on a daily basis. We hold it in our hands in the form of a smartphone, we use it when watching a tv show or movie. We experience it in how we get around town and keep in touch with our family and friends.

Just in our time we’ve seen quite a few advancements in a much shorter period than the last 100 years to a couple of decades ago.

Not only do I plan on talking about hardware tech, but also software and mechanical tech, as well as the art of woodworking.

Square’s door opens for public trial for the iPhone

If interested park your way over to Square’s website, and be the first to experience on the  go iPhone payments. I can hear your wallet begging you not to click the link… but hit that link to sign up, don’t forget to check out the detailed video after the break… Beware its full of hipsters.

Square Trial Sign Up

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Google: a love/hate relationship

But then on the other side; Google knows everything about me, anytime something is mentioned online about me it indexes it and saves a little copy of it on their servers. It knows what I search, when I searched it, where I’m searching from and that’s just search. Google couples that with my email – Gmail, my web browser – Chrome, my phone – Google Voice, and now Google Buzz, that pretty much sums of my life and possibly yours. If you use any of Google’s products: Maps, Froogle, Earth, Chat, Voice, You Tube, News, Chrome and more; then they know where you’re going, what you’re trying to buy, who you’re talking to online, what videos you’re interested in, which news you like, and which websites you visit. Google most likely knows more about us than the United States Government. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Government sits on Google’s board.

What makes Google more deceiving is that they create these services, do a much better job of it, and offer it for free. My question to Google is “what’s the catch?” The catch is that you use our products we index it and soon we’ll control the entire world with your information. Google if they wanted too could sway information that could help Sarah Palin get elected in 2012, or convert Democrats to Republicans. If Google wanted too it could probably solve the worlds hunger problem. Why don’t they? Because then they would give up their cover. There are countless stories where Google altered or limited they’re search results to users for various reasons. Whatever those reasons maybe they still altered search results.

In the end, I hope that Google uses their powers for the greater humanity and I’m partially confident they will. But it’s still a little scary to know what Google knows.

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Its official, Apple will be holding an event on Jan 27th, “latest creation”

Its true, from all the rumors, speculations, it’s coming Apple will be holding a live event on the 27th of this month. Apple says to be showing their “latest creation” hmm?.. Will Apple be showing off their mysterious new tablet, Maybe, iLife ’10, its been about almost a year since the announcement of iLife ’09?, What about, a preview of the iPhone 4.0 os update? Multi-tasking. They were also rumors, the new iPhone OS 4.0 wasn’t suppose to be announced because, it had to much information about the new “tablet”. Indeed! Get Ready!

Airstash a pocket sized wireless media server say whaa

That’s right, the folks at Airstash have come up with a clever way to share and hold your files… on a fat wireless thumb drive.  Letting users wirelessly transfer and view data from there iPhone. I think an iPhone app will come with this. Does it use bluetooth or WLAN?I am not to sure, but I hope its bluetooth. The drive has an SD expansion slot, giving you the ability to expand your storage. On the other side of the device is a USB port, giving you the ability to charge your device. I am pretty sure this device will be used on more than just the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The company says your able to put this device in your pocket and view the files on your smartphone. Wonder what security risk are involved. Details of this device will be officially unveiled at CES 2010. This device seems like an awesome idea. But I am not too fond of the size. Hopefully in the future other companies will release devices similar to the Airstash.

[AirStash via Engadget]

January 26th Apple Convention confirmed by Fox News

Apple’s January 26th convention has officially been confirmed by news giant Fox News. Sources state that the convention will focus mainly on the “mobility space”, which may suggest an announcement of the fabled Apple Tablet. Other possible announcements include the new MacBook Pro, updated with Intel’s i7  processors. It is yet to be known if Steve Jobs will be making an appearance.   (Gizmodo Via Macrumors) 

Inside Look Centricly Be Followed: Reinventing Business

“…by mashing up relevant information with social media networks.”

What does this mean?!

Simply put, Centricly will take information that you care about (i.e. exclusive deals, promos, coupons, events) as a consumer, from your local restaurants, retailers, professional services (such as dry cleaners, salon) and give you access to it instantaneously over the web, and on your mobile phone.

Centricly is a free social networking suite for small businesses. Centricly enables local businesses to post real-time deals, manage their social media profiles (twitter/facebook) from one location, and interact with their customers.

Consumers will be able to search exclusive, real-time deals within their local area. Centricly brings consumers exclusive- discounted offers from local small businesses.

Deal Examples:

  • 50%+ off lunch between 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Mani-Pedi Specials
  • Trial Offers
  • Exclusive product offering.
  • Clearance items at local retailers.
  • Notification of soon to expire products
  • Discounted event tickets.

Deals are “now” centric; they will expire within 2-24 hours, creating a real-time purchasing environment. Centricly is being launched in the first quarter of 2010, in Orange County, California by Centric Media, LLC.

www.centricly.com

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Fake Steve Jobs: Operation Chokehold

I’ll tell you something — I’m really blown away by the way people have responded to AT&T’s bastardly behavior over bandwidth usage. Our engineers are friggin livid. And, because they’re engineers, which means they’re basically evil little pricks, they’ve come up with a plan to teach AT&T a lesson. They’re calling it Operation Chokehold. Last night I got this email that they’ve been sending around inside Apple, encouraging people to join the crusade:

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

The engineers have asked me to serve as a kind of communications director for their efforts — soliciting ideas on what apps to use (Pandora may not be the best) and how to refine the attack on the network.

If anyone has ideas, use the comment strings. Tell your friends. Get people involved. We have five days to create a movement and plan a major assault. As the Portuguese said during the Obama campaign: Si, se puede.

FWIW, many of you probably know that Woz and I got our start by selling boxes that hacked the old phone system back in the 1970s. I hate these idiots more than you can imagine. The idea of spanking them like this just gives me tingles all over.