Light has updated their Gallery with three new Full-Resolution Light L16 Images!

(editor note: we've included small images in the gallery above, but if you want the full images please visit the gallery – they're all the way down at the bottom of the page)

These images appear to be the first “Full-Resolution Light L16 images” Light has deigned to release to the viewing public. Moreover, according to their image properties, their resolutions are, in several cases, GREATER than 52MP. The landscape photo is ~65.9MP, the shipwreck is ~53.3MP, and the ‘cowboy' is ~81MP.

These images are looking quite nice in high resolution.

Related: More analysis of Light L16 images

My image analysis

Zooming all the way in, there is perhaps some question about the fusion engine and the depth map accuracy. For instance with the ‘cowboy' image's shirt, where there is reasonable detail in some regions, but it looks fuzzy or indistinct in adjacent regions. It is unclear whether this results from materials issues (the shirt itself), sensor issues, fusion algorithm issues, depth map issues, any form of compression, etc.

One can also see what seems to be considerable ‘dithering' in shadows (especially noticeable around the eyes of the cowboy). Again, it is not entirely clear from whence this comes.

Full-Resolution Light L16 images
Dithering in the deep dark recesses of his eyes

Overall, the images are looking quite good, for a compact point-and-shoot camera. The resolution is definitely extremely high.

Though there is some question about what the fidelity of “image cropping” will be. Early articles had made some fanfare about being able to crop, and crop, and still retain a high quality image. However, zooming all the way in, there is some question as to *just how far* one can crop. Will you be able to crop and still retain a high-quality viewable or printable image without blurring, fuzz, color accuracy problems, or other image issues rendering the crop less-than-ideal?

Summary

I'll leave it to others to determine whether these images meet the standard of DSLR-like quality / resolution, and how a DSLR would fare under similar conditions & camera settings. For me, the images look pretty great in high resolution, and I'd call them DSLR-like quality. But, I'm more of a hobbyist / prosumer photographer, and not a professional.

So, I don't know the hard limits of DSLRs and full-frame cameras in terms of low-level detail, color accuracy, etc. If this approximates those, I think Light has met their “burden of proof” for a Generation 1 “proof of concept” product, and I look forward to improvements in the firmware & software of this generation. I also look forward to improvements to future models as well (external SDXC+ memory cards, swappable batteries, external flash, greater focal ranges [10mm-600mm?], etc.).

I also look forward to receiving a unit to test, play with. Hopefully I'll use the Light L16 on a more regular basis than my legacy Canon G9 prosumer-grade camera (a bit large to carry everywhere at all times) or my abysmal LG Sunset camera phone (portable but fairly terrible / muddy image quality).

Michael Gmirkin

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