The Light L16 is a 16 lens camera, but doesn't have 16 shutters? Shocking right? Not for the Light L16.

I found the video below the other day and it really made me think. I mean just look at that shutter and the mirror flapping around!

That's just crazy!

So how does a 16 lens camera not have shutters?

16 lens camera but no shutters! The inside (prototype) of the Light L16
16 lens camera but no shutters! The inside (prototype) of the Light L16 (credit CNET)

Sure, the Light L16 has mirrors in it (on the 70mm and 150mm modules), but they don't flap around like the one below does! They only move a tiny fraction of an inch when needed to move the scene into the lenses.

You know, I should have included this in the new ebook: “Top 10 Reasons the Light L16 Will Change Photography Forever” — get it free when you become a free lightrumors member!

But the Light L16 camera doesn't have 16 shutters in it (that would be crazy – would be way too many moving parts!) and that's a good thing.

Heck, even almost all mirrorless professional cameras have shutters.

Shutters break and wear out… that's bad!

Smartphones don't have shutters.

So why aren't there more shutterless cameras? According to this article on Premium Beat,

Shutterless cameras tend to have more image noise in the image than their traditional shuttered counterparts. This is because shutterless cameras constantly send power to the sensor. When a user hits the shutter button the sensor is flooded with more power and the image is captured and if you’re familiar with ISO you know that more power equals more noise.

We will likely see professional shutterless cameras in the future, but for now they simply are too grainy/noisy for most high-end professional photography.

I think that time has come!

Video – Shutter SloMo

Gav shows you how insanely quick the inside of a DSLR camera moves when it takes a picture, by filming it at 10,000 fps.
Follow on Twitter – Camera filmed is a Canon 7D.
This video is a good demonstration of how a rolling shutter works. Shot with a Phantom Flex at 10,000fps Inside a camera at 10,000fps – The Slow Mo Guys


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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