Light startup, known for its unorthodox, multi-sensor camera systems, withdraws from the smartphone market. The company's name may be familiar to most of the Nokia 9 Pureview, which debuted last February: the smartphone's most striking feature was a five-sensor camera system on the back – the device combined images to promise better quality photos, all based on the Light controller.
An important distinguishing feature of the solution is that the camera system is able to create an extensive depth map for each photo, so the images can be refocused afterwards, and the degree of blur can be changed on them. These capabilities were already there in Light's pre-rollover Nokia camera: the L16, packed with no less than 16 sensors, was launched in 2017 and promised shameful performance for DSLR cameras in a much more compact package – albeit at a price tag close to $ 2,000. most of them still scolded it. The device itself ran Android (and wasn’t much bigger than a smartphone) so there was no unexpected move on the part of the company when it targeted the smartphone market with the technology.
The current the withdrawal, however, is even more surprising, as the company partnered with Sony and Xiaomi in addition to Nokia last year – not knowing what will happen to these agreements after the recently announced withdrawal. The company confirmed to the Android Authority that it was no longer present in the industry, although it did not explain the decision.
It is possible that the company, or its partners, saw that Light's technology was due to the proliferating cameras on the backs of the phones. it no longer provides enough distinctiveness in the market, instead they voted for sensors that offer different functionality rather than dedicated telephoto and ultra-wide-angle sensors – which we can see on all top models today. Judging from the company’s website, it will focus on depth-sensing cameras for cars in the following.
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