I was blessed to be able to visit Light HQ on Thursday and spent the day with a bunch of really great people.
The next morning, I thought I'd go on our FB Group and chat briefly about the “high level” of what I learned while I was there — not all the detailed questions and answers, but what was my gut reaction to Light and the people of Light.
It turned into a 53 minute conversation (several good people popped in and asked questions). So I wanted more people to see it so I downloaded from FB and uploaded to youtube. This also gives you the ability to set the speed to 1.5x or 2x to get thru it without losing anything.
The biggest thing I want to say is after meeting the team, I am 100% convinced that this is going to be a fabulous, game-changing technology and tho it is still rough around the edges, if you have patience, you will be rewarded with a world class camera that does astounding things that no other camera can!
NOTE: I listened to the recording of the interview with Dave on the plane on the way home — slight correction… they are planning to have ALL pre-orders shipped by the end of DECEMBER – but they expect the vast majority to be out by mid-November… so I was a bit off – I apologize for my memory.
Michael Gmirkin graciously provided “Cliff Notes”
1) Things are behind schedule. (Already knew that.)
2) Have patience.
a) They hope to have US pre-orders COMPLETED by end of year. Not clear when international certifications will be completed.
b) The software is still evolving. They admit that things aren't where they had hoped they'd be by now, but the software is being updated as quickly as possible, including reducing processing times, adding more features.
3) No specific timeline on enabling video or sHDR. Though, they said several firmware / software updates would be coming soon, so one can hope.
4) Low-light performance is still an issue, but they're working on it. As the software/firmware improves, so should low-light performance, compositing, etc. In many respects, this is a software-based camera (and the hardware is finalized), so, with development, the capabilities will continue to improve over time, especially now that they don't need to work on developing the hardware and can devote resources more firmly to the software side.
5) Things may eventually be amazing, if you're willing to be patient. If you're not willing to be patient or need something professional-grade, you can defer your final payment as long as you like, or until they end the pre-order / payment / deferment program, or you can get a refund and go buy a DSLR or prosumer-grade camera, or whatever. But, we all knew this was bleeding edge tech, and there would be hiccups, delays, etc. So, if you're not in dire need of your $200 back, or in dire/immediate need of *professional-grade* equipment, stay tuned and don't give up on it.[And, it bears repeating, though some want it to be, this first gen was never meant to completely displace professional-grade equipment or a bag of “fast glass.” It has always been an attempt to get DSLR-like images, and increased flexibility, out of something far more portable than a DSLR body and a bag of lenses, using small, cheap, off-the-shelf parts. So, reasonable expectations should be *reasonable*. Thinking that this MUST outright beat/replace a top-of-the-line DSLR / Full-Frame with fast glass is, IMO, wrong-headed. While that'd be lovely, it's neither the point nor the goal. But, I think we've seen quite a few images that prove it can in fact take some extremely high-resolution images, some of which are hard to tell apart from DSLRs. Though, clearly, others have been less impressive. But, again, this is Gen1 technology. Nobody on earth gets everything 100% perfect on their first try. And things will undoubtedly improve in Gen 2, Gen 3, and so on. Faster processors, better quality sensors, composited video, external SDXC card slots, or what have you. And unlike so many failed kickstarters and such, they are actually shipping product, finally, albeit slowly. And also actively taking user feedback to improve the product, quash bugs, add features, make features more useful, etc.
Yeah, yeah, call it apologism, if you must. ]