Ok, we (I) spend a lot of time thinking/talking/wondering/researching the Light L16 and we're certainly excited about getting our hands on one… but one of the reasons many of us are excited is because DSLRs are great and we love them, but for folks starting out or for people who don't use their DSLR every day and easily forget, doing some of the more complicated functions is frustrating.

And sadly, DSLR manufacturers have NOT kept up with the learning side – or making the cameras easy to use. They've decided to focus on the technology and not the software.

Which is why the smartphone cameras have done so well.

And those people are also pretty much the target of the Light L16.

But Ryan Stout has stepped up and created the world's first Intelligent Camera Assistant called “Arsenal” and it is currently available on Kickstarter – and has BLOWN thru their goal! Ryan's at almost $1million! So there's demand for this!

And that means there will be demand for Light as well. But we already knew that.

But Ryan's worked on this for 2 years and has added a ton of features that we expect/hope are on the Light L16 like:

  • Image stacking
  • Timelapse (and with the Arsenal, you can review the video while it is recording!!!)
  • Exposure stacking (which the Light L16 is obviously doing but a DSLR never has)
  • Long exposures (with stacking)
  • Focus stacking (taking multiple photos with different focus to get everything in focus) – tho on the Light L16 we'll determine the amount of depth of field

and much more

I've spoken to Ryan and talked with him about getting one of their review units (which will be after the Light L16 ships) and I'm eager to see how they compare.

So below, I've included the kickstarter video, some of the Kickstarter text, as well as a podcast I just found from Jesse Park and the Improve Photography Roundtable Podcast

Let's discuss this over on the lightRumors Facebook group!

Arsenal is the world’s first intelligent assistant for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Ultralight hardware lets you wirelessly control your camera with an intuitive iOS or Android app. And advanced machine learning algorithms help you get the perfect shot every time. With a single tap, you can activate Arsenal’s settings assistant AI. The settings assistant is trained on thousands of great photos. It can determine the optimal settings for the scene you're shooting. Next it fine tunes those settings using 18 different environmental factors. The result is great settings for any shot.

Like your own personal photography assistant, Arsenal lets you focus on the parts of photography you love while it takes care of the rest.

Artificial Intelligence:

Arsenal’s intelligent algorithm suggests settings based on your subject and environment. Then like any good assistant, it lets you control the final shot. Here’s how it works:

  • Compares current scene with thousands of past images using a convolutional deep neural network. (The same algorithm used in self driving cars)
  • Optimizes settings based on 18 different factors
  • Avoids settings that produce weak images on your specific camera and lens
  • Uses image recognition to identify subject-specific needs (e.g. fast shutter for birds)
  • Shows safe ranges for each setting based on situational constraints (e.g. vibration)
  • Gives you the ability to change the settings you care about most

P.S. The term “artificial intelligence” (AI) gets thrown around a lot these days, so we put together a blog post explaining how Arsenal’s algorithms work in more detail.

Hardware specs

  • Powerful ARM processor
  • Weighs 2 ounces (57 grams)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi-enabled
  • Up to 100-foot wireless range 6-hour battery life
  • Charge while in use (with any USB-compatible battery pack, not included)

IP Roundtable Podcast:

Jesse Park interviews Ryan Stout:




planetMitch started many moons ago with a large airplane manufacturer who decided they didn't need him any more. Now he runs successful businesses including the best DSLR video blog on the planet - planet5D.

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