Testing the Light L16 vs DSLR – specifically the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV may not be a fair fight – after all the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has been under development (including its older siblings) for over a decade (well over 20 if you include the film versions)! The Light L16 has been in development maybe 3 years, but even most of that was hardware related.

So we're just beginning to see the abilities of the Light L16 and I urge you not to convince yourself that the technology will never work based on images coming out of the first generation of the hardware/software. Remember back to the first iPhone? Wouldn't be fair to compare the first iPhone to today's iPhone now would it?

But everyone wants to know if the Light L16 is as good as a DSLR and that's one thing I'm going to be testing over the next few months (and I'm sorry to those who want it NOW – these things take time and I am NOT going to rush into publishing a bunch of images and tests until I'm comfortable with what I'm seeing).

Yesterday, I was able to shoot a college football game – both with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Light L16.

Lighting conditions were close to perfect – mid-afternoon sun, partly cloudy skies.

So I grabbed some images with both cameras – specifically setting the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to f16 and doing no processing on either set of images.

Note, I was using the Canon 70-200 f2.8 II IS on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – so that's about $5,000 worth of DSLR gear compared with the Light L16 which lists for $1699.

Oh, and the Canon 70-200 f2.8 II IS was set to 70mm and the Light L16 was also at 70mm.

Related: Earlier side by side with DSLR

I present them side by side for you to judge (without telling you which is which – simply to see if you can tell!).

Light L16 vs DSLR side by side – which is which?

EDIT: Note I Just realized the cheerleader image – the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV image was at ISO 1600 not ISO 100. The image from the stands are both at ISO 100. My apologies

Light L16 vs DSLR

note: click the image or here's the link to see the full size side by side — note it is over 2mb in size if you're on mobile or slow internet.

Another sample… NOTE – I did reduce the exposure on the Light L16 image by -.44 (in lightroom) because I thought it was over exposed compared to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV image and I wanted to make them look more similar so as not to throw off the test. I also straightened it because well I HATE to show off images that are obviously not straight to the horizon.

Note this image is over 3mb when viewed full size. And the Light L16 is on the same side as it is in the above sample (just a hint).

Light L16 vs DSLR

So, what's your vote? Who's winning the Light L16 vs DSLR battle?

I will be sharing other content comparing the Light L16 in different lighting situations – but again, please be patient as these are time consuming to set up and analyze and then report.

(cover photo credit: snap from the side by side by me)



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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