When Light first came out with its 16-lens camera, it seemed ridiculous to cram so many cameras into a single product. But now that flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S10 are bumping its cameras up to three or even four in a single device, multi-camera smartphones are starting to look more like the norm.
You can expect to see more of this soon, as Light has announced it will be working with Sony and Xiaomi to develop more multi-lens devices. With Sony specifically, Light is working to incorporate its multiple camera array with Sony’s image processing system to make apps that could make use out of this combination. Together, Light says it will help Sony smartphones fit four cameras or more in its upcoming lineup. Details are less specific for Light’s partnership with Xiaomi, with the companies only noting that it will be partnering to bring DSLR-quality photos to smartphones.
In separate press releases, Light CEO Dave Grannan seems to be busy singing praises for both companies, calling Sony a “market share leader” and Xiaomi “one of the most innovative smartphone device manufacturers.” Given that Light also worked with HMD Global on the new Nokia 9 with five cameras, it looks like Light is going to be the primary partner for a lot of upcoming multi-camera smartphones over the next few years. But as usual, it’s going to come down to software to determine which company makes the most out of the lens, or if this whole thing turns out to be mostly gimmicky.