Everyone's looking for Light L16 User Reviews – so I thought I'd grab as many comments/posts/reviews as I could from users…
Note, I've included the TIMESTAMP – that's the link to the source — you'll see someone's name and then a date/time — click that link to see all off the comments associated to the mini-review.
Often, there's a LOT more to the review inside the comments!
so my trial shots aren't all that great… in auto mode. I took a few shots of work but nothing really looked good to me. I may put this in manual mode now and see what happens.
Also, as someone mentioned, I hook up the USB cable to my computer but LUMEN just waits for a hook up. No matter what I do, Lumen does not see the L16.
Eventually, I dragged/dropped the photos into a folder and then opened them up in Lumen.
I'm going to go to a Cars and Coffee, so I'll take photos from both my Samsung S8 and L16. I guess ISO set to 400…
In the absence of decent handheld low light performance, we're still able to explore this camera's ability to shoot in low light by using a tripod and long exposures to produce properly exposed images without handshake induced vibration. My initial instinct was to shoot at ISO 100 @ 15 sec, a setting that would produce dramatic, well exposed photos with light trails on my other cameras. 15 sec proved to be way too long, as evidenced in the overexposed sample. The ability to collect light on the L16 is very interesting – I only needed exposures of 1-4 sec to produce well exposed images.
At web resolutions, the results are quite acceptable with almost no noise. However, closer examination will show that while the L16 noise is virtually absent, the results are weak on details, with a lot of smearing and shadow crush. That said, I was able to read a license plate in one of the images at 2:1 zoom! Like last night's test, low light is a weird combination of surprisingly competent color fidelity, but rendered with limited fine level detail. Perhaps the de-noise algorithms are set too strong and the detail is actually there? To be seen.
(from comments in the thread) Albert C. Lee Haha, just remember if you're bringing a tripod, size and weight are probably no longer your concern. You'll probably bring a different camera. But hats off to the L16 for sure – where other cameras lose color fidelity and contrast in these conditions, the L16 keeps it together. Now they just need to give us some detail. ISO 3200 may be all you need if they can bring back that detail and just a tasteful amount of noise.
Dynamic range is a critical attribute of any quality digital camera. With a wide dynamic range, a camera can capture significantly more details in both shadows and highlights. The human eye can perceive about 20 stops of dynamic range. Modern pro digital cameras can see about 12 stops.
Today, the L16 struggles with dynamic range, producing generally flat and uncontrasty images that require meaningful post-processing work in Lightroom. The highlights are typically blown out, and shadow detail is often crushed, destroying otherwise fine details.
High dynamic range (HDR) photography is one tool that can be used to recover these highlight and shadow details.
While in-camera HDR is promised in future iterations, we can experiment with what HDR capabilities could bring, ironically through computational photo processing on the desktop. Unfortunately the L16 does not have a bracket mode today, so each image must be individually taken at varying exposures, and then merged into a single HDR image through Lightroom. These 3 samples alone took 3+ hrs total to process on a modern Mac due to the size of the files, and subsequent post-processing needs.
As an aside: I generally hate HDR photography largely because it's so frequently abused by photographers. Far too many HDR images have jarring false colors and ample amounts of posterization. If that's your taste, that's fine, but in these examples, I made my best effort to preserve the integrity of the HDR image, and keep it true to the normally exposed image. Post-processing HDR takes a very delicate touch.