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  • Welcome

    Welcome

    Light L16 User Guide

    Navigate the user guide to learn about your Light L16.

    Click the menu icon  in the top left to navigate the user guide and learn about your Light L16.



  • A quick look at the Light L16

    A quick look at the Light L16







  • Power on, power off, sleep, wake

    Power on, power off, sleep, wake

    Turn on your Light L16. Press and hold the power button until the Light logo appears on your screen. The camera interface will appear shortly after.

    Turn off your Light L16. Press and hold the power button until the Power off option appears on your screen. Tap it to power off.

    Sleep the Light L16 display. Tap the power button once to put Light L16 to sleep. (The display screen will turn black.)

    Note: By default, the display will sleep automatically after 2 minutes of inactivity. You can adjust this in device settings.

    Wake to your last activity. Tap the power button once to wake up your Light L16 and resume your previous activity.

    Double-click or swipe to camera mode. If the Light L16 wakes to the lock screen, double-click the shutter button or press and swipe up from the camera icon to open the camera mode.

  • Charging and battery life

    Charging and battery life

    Charge your Light L16. Plug the small end of the included USB-C cable into the USB-C port on the bottom of your Light L16. Next, plug the opposite end of the cable into the included power adapter, then plug the adapter into a power outlet.

    When your camera begins charging, a charging symbol  appears on the screen and the light around the shutter button begins to pulse. A red pulse indicates the battery is charging between 0 and 25%, and a blue pulse indicates the charge is above 25%.

    The Light official quick-charger. In the box with your Light L16 is a Light official USB 3.0 Quick Charge adapter. Charging with the Light official adapter ensures a proper and speedy charge.

    Charging statuses. There are three ways the Light L16 can charge:

    • “Charging Rapidly” appears when using the Light official USB 3.0 Quick Charge adapter. Charging with this method produces a full charge in around 90 minutes of time.

    • “Charging” appears when using a charger that does not support 3.0 Quick Charge.

    • “Charging Slowly” appears when charging with devices that have restricted power output. For example, you might see this while connected to your computer.

    Note: Power delivery methods from other vendors may not produce desired charging results. It’s recommended that you always use the provided Light official 3.0 Quick Charge adapter. If you lose the Light official adapter, contact us and we’ll help you out!

    Turn on or off the battery indicator (device status). Open the Toolbar , then tap the gear icon  to open the camera settings menu. Tap the switch next to “device status” to toggle on or off the battery percentage indicator. Along with battery percentage, toggling device status on will also show your total images remaining.

    Check remaining power. If you do not wish to turn on the battery indicator, swipe down from the top of the touchscreen to open the Control Center. In the top right corner of the Control Center, you see a battery icon and percentage remaining.

    Preserving battery power.

    • When not shooting, it’s best to keep your Light L16 screen off.

    • If you know you won’t be using your Light L16 for an extended period of time, fully power down the camera before storing it in your case.

    • Even if you're not using them, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can consume power. You can turn both off from the Control Center by swiping down twice from the top of the touchscreen.

    Pro Tip: For information on Light L16’s lithium-ion battery, read Care for your Light L16's lithium-Ion battery.

    Low battery notification. When battery charge drops below 25%, your Light L16 will alert you with a low battery notification.

    Note: Camera functionality requires a minimum power level of 15% in order to move mirrors and focus lenses properly. Below 15% power, other features such as the gallery and sharing are still available.








  • Home screen

    Home screen

    The Light L16 is built on AndroidTM with the Light camera running as an app. Aside from the Light Camera app and the Light Gallery app, the Light L16 has several other pre-installed apps.

    Access Android controls. Swipe down from the top of the touchscreen to reveal the Android icons on the right.

    • Square: Tap the square icon to show your open apps. Swipe up or down to rotate through them. To close an app, tap the X in the top right corner, or swipe the app to the left or right. (The square icon will only show up if you have unlocked your device.)

    • Circle: Tap the circle icon to go to the home screen. Depending on your security settings, you may need to unlock your device.

    • Triangle: Tap the triangle icon to go back to the previous screen.

    Close the Light Camera app. Swipe down from the top of the touchscreen to reveal the Android menu icons on the right. Tap the square icon to show your open apps. Tap the X in the top right corner of the Light camera app.

    Note: If you don't see the square icon, you need to unlock your device. Tap the circle icon, then swipe up from the bottom and enter your pin, passcode, or pattern. The square icon will appear on the right.

    Access other available apps. From the home screen, tap the arrow icon on the right to open the apps menu.

    • Browser – Connect to the web and share images to social media.

    • Feedback – Send feedback to Light. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, your feedback will be saved until you are back online.

    • (Device) Settings – Personalize your device with settings for brightness, sound, Wi-Fi, etc.




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  • Device settings

    Device settings

    Access device settings.

    • From the camera or gallery modes, swipe down three times from the top of the touchscreen to access the Control Panel for access to quick settings. To access the full menu, tap the gear icon  in the top right corner.

    • From the home screen, tap the arrow icon on the right to open the apps menu. Tap the Settings app to open the full device settings menu.



    Wireless & networks


    Airplane mode

    • Turn Airplane mode on or off.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. From the Control Panel, tap the Airplane mode symbol to toggle airplane mode on or off.

      3. From the full device settings menu, tap “more” under the wireless and networks.

      4. Tap the activation switch to toggle Airplane mode on or off.


    Bluetooth

    • Turn Bluetooth on, pair a device.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap the Bluetooth symbol to toggle Bluetooth on and open the Available Devices menu.

      3. Your Light L16 will search for nearby devices. When you see the name of your device, tap it to connect. Your Light L16 will then connect with the device.

      Note: Bluetooth does not work with Mac or iOS devices yet.


    • Turn Bluetooth off.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

       2. Tap the Bluetooth symbol to open the Available Devices menu.

      3. Tap the activation switch to toggle Bluetooth off.


    Wi-Fi (wireless)

    • Turn Wi-Fi on, connect to a device.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Wi-Fi” to open the available wireless networks menu.

      3. Tap the activation switch to turn Wi-Fi on.

      4. Your Light L16 will search for nearby wireless networks. When you see the name of your wireless network, tap it to connect. If the network is secured and you need a password, you'll see a lock symbol next to the network name.

      5. "Connected" will appear under the network name when you've successfully joined. That Wi-Fi network will now be a "saved network" and will automatically connect when in range, as long as Wi-Fi is enabled.


    • Turn Wi-Fi off.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Wi-Fi” to open the available wireless networks menu.

      3. Tap the activation switch to turn Wi-Fi off.



    Device


    Display

    • Adjust brightness level.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Display.”

      3. Tap “Brightness level” and drag the slider left or right to adjust the screen brightness.


    • Turn Adaptive brightness on or off.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Display.”

      3. Tap the activation switch next to “Adaptive brightness” to toggle on or off.

      Note: The Light L16 has an adaptive brightness sensor to determine and optimize your brightness level for your surroundings. It is recommended that you keep adaptive brightness on.


    • Change the wallpaper on your home screen.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Display.”

      3. Tap “Wallpaper” then tap to open the wallpapers folder. You can use the default Light wallpaper or choose a photo from your gallery.


    • Adjust display sleep timing.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Display.”

      3. Tap “Sleep” then choose your desired amount of time: 2 minutes (default), 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes.


    • Daydream. To control what happens when your camera is docked and/or sleeping, turn Daydream on.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Display.”

      3. Tap “Daydream,” then tap the activation switch to toggle Daydream on.

      4. Pick your desired option and adjust the settings for that option using the gear icon .


    Sound & notification

    • Adjust L16 shutter volume.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Sound & notification.”

      3. Drag Notification volume slider left or right to increase or decrease the shutter volume.


    • Turn Do not Disturb on or off.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Sound & notification.”

      3. Tap the activation switch next to do not disturb to toggle on or off.


    Apps

    • Access app information.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Apps.”

      3. Tap an app to view app-specific information.


    Battery

    • View battery information.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Battery” to open the battery sub-menu and view battery charge information.


    Personal


    Location

    • Turn on device location.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Location.”

      3. Tap “Mode” to change location modes.


    Security

    • Lock your Light L16.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Security.”

      3. Tap “Screen lock” and choose your preferred screen lock option:
      • None
      • Swipe
      • Pattern
      • Pin
      • Password

    • Note: If you forget your pattern, pin, or passcode, there no way to reset it without losing all photos stored on the camera. If you have forgotten your pattern, pin, or passcode, contact us and we will help you unlock your camera.


    Backup & reset

    • Reset your network settings.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Backup & reset.”

      3. Tap “Network settings reset” then the reset settings button to reset all of your Light L16’s saved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings.


    • Factory data reset.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Backup & reset.”

      3. Tap “Factory data reset” then the reset camera button to erase all data from your L16 camera’s internal storage. This includes all system data and settings, photos, and other user data.



    System


    Date & time

    • Set date and time automatically.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Date & time.”

      3. Tap the activation switch next to “Automatic date & time” to use network-provided information.


    • Set date and time manually.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Date & time.”

      3. Make sure the activation switch next to “Automatic date & time” is toggled off.

      4. Tap “Set date” to set your camera’s date.

      5. Tap “Set time” to set your camera’s time.


    • Select a time zone.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Date & time.”

      3. Tap “Select time zone” to set your camera’s time zone.


    • Use 24-hour format.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “Date & time.”

      3. Tap the activation switch next to “Use 24-hour format” to toggle on or off.


    About L16 Camera

    • Check for software updates.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Scroll to the bottom and tap “About L16 Camera.”

      3. Tap “Software update.”

      4. Tap “Update” to check for any available updates.

      Note: To find available updates, your Light L16 must be connected to a wireless network (see Wi-Fi above).


    • Turn on or off automatically check for updates.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “About L16 Camera.”

      3. Tap “Software update.”

      4. Tap the checkbox next to “Auto update” to toggle on or off whether Light L16 checks for updates automatically.

      Note: Your Light L16 will only check for updates when you are connected to a wireless network (see Wi-Fi above).


    • Locate your Light L16 serial number.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “About L16 Camera.”

      3. Tap “Status.”

      4. Scroll down until you see “Serial number.”


    • Read the Light L16 Legal information.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “About L16 Camera.”

      3. Tap “Legal information.”


    • Check your Light L16 software package.

      1. Access the device settings menu (see above).

      2. Tap “About L16 Camera.”

      3. Scroll down until you see “LightOS version.”





Photo Capture
  • At a glance

    At a glance

    With your Light L16, you can take pictures in one of two modes: Auto or Manual. In each mode, you have the ability to adjust exposure and preview your adjustments live on screen.

    Additional control options like self-timers and display grids can be found in the Toolbar.





  • Take a photo

    Take a photo

    Choose a capture mode. Tap the up arrow  to open the Toolbar. Above it, you see two capture mode options: Auto and Manual. Swipe up or down to highlight your preferred photo capture mode.


    Take a photo. Tap on the screen to focus on your desired subject. After focus is achieved, press and hold the shutter button to take a photo. The screen will flash black when a photo has been taken. After a moment, you see a new thumbnail appear in the gallery icon in the screen’s upper right corner.




  • Auto exposure mode

    Auto exposure mode

    Auto mode sets exposure (ISO and shutter speed) automatically. Depth of field (the amount of blur before and after your subject) for images taken with Light L16 is adjustable after your images are transferred to Lumen, the Light desktop software. There is no native aperture control on Light L16 – click here to learn more!


    Adjust exposure in auto mode. Auto mode automatically adjusts exposure based on the scene in front of you. If you’d like, you can make adjustments to the calculated exposure before taking a photo. Press and hold the Exposure button  on the right side of the screen to open the Exposure slider. While holding the button, move your finger up or down to set Exposure to your desired value. As you drag up or down, you see a live preview of your changes.

    Note: The exposure slider is measured in 1/6th stops of light. For example, an exposure setting of +6 corresponds to an increase of 1 exposure value (EV). Click here to learn more about exposure values.





  • Manual exposure mode

    Manual exposure mode

    Manual mode allows you to adjust exposure through two capture controls: ISO  and shutter speed . What are ISO and shutter speed?

    Adjust ISO in manual mode. Press and hold the ISO button  on the right side of the screen to open the ISO slider. While holding, move your finger up or down to set your desired ISO value. Learn more about ISO.View your current ISO value. Press and hold the ISO button  to open the ISO slider. Your previously used ISO value is indicated by a hollow carrot .

    With exposure information turned on, you can see your ISO value in the Info bar on the left of the screen. For more information, read Exposure Information.


    Adjust Shutter Speed in manual mode. Press and hold the shutter speed button  on the right side of the screen to open the shutter speed slider. While holding, move your finger up or down to set your desired shutter speed value. Learn more about shutter speed.

    View your current shutter speed value. Press and hold the shutter speed button  to open the shutter speed slider. Your previously used shutter speed value is indicated by a hollow arrow .

    With exposure information turned on, you can see your shutter speed value in the Info bar on the left of the screen. For more information, see Exposure Information.

    Tip: If you don’t want to use manual mode, tap the up arrow  to open the Toolbar. Above it, you see two capture mode options: auto or manual. Swipe up or down to highlight your preferred mode.

    Note: The Light L16 does not have native aperture control. You can adjust aperture after transferring images to your computer. Click here to read more about why Light L16 doesn’t have native aperture control.





  • Focus

    Focus

    Tap to focus. In manual or auto mode, tap your desired focus object on the touchscreen to focus the camera at that location and distance. An animated circle icon  indicates the camera is focusing and a final solid, blue circle icon  indicates that focus has been achieved.


    After 3 seconds, the blue focus circle fades to white focal-point-40pxW.png at your previous focal point.

    Half-shutter press to focus. Instead of tap to focus, you can also half-press the shutter button to start the focusing sequence at your current focal point (indicated by a faded, white circle). An animated circle icon indicates the camera is focusing and a final solid, blue circle icon indicates that focus has been achieved.

    Note: The L16 uses mirrors to position lenses based on where you tap to focus. Because of this, if you are ever unsure whether you have focused properly, just tap again, or half-press the shutter button, to refocus.





  • Zoom

    Zoom

    There are multiple ways to zoom on Light L16.

    Press, hold and slide to zoom. Place one finger on the screen and slide up or down to zoom in or out respectively.

    Pinch to zoom. Place two fingers on the screen and pinch open or closed to zoom in or out respectively.





  • Self-timer

    Self-timer

    Turn on the self-timer. Open the Toolbar  and tap the self-timer icon  to show the available self-timer options: 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds.

    Note: If self-timer is on, you will see a self-timer icon in the bottom left corner of the camera screen.


  • Flash

    Flash

    Choose a flash mode. Open the Toolbar  and tap the Flash icon  to show the the available flash options.

    • Flash On : Fires the flash every time you take a photo.

    • Flash Off : Flash will not fire.

    • Flash Auto : The Light L16 will determine if flash is necessary to provide a proper exposure.

    Note: If Flash is set to Auto or On, you will see a Flash icon in the bottom left corner of the camera screen.




  • Grid

    Grid

    Turn on the Grid. To display grid lines over your Light L16’s live preview, open the Toolbar  andtap the Grid icon to show the available grid options.


    Grid options.

    • Thirds

      The thirds grid divides the screen into a 3x3 grid of equal rectangles. This grid helps you follow the Rule of Thirds when composing.

    • Golden Ratio

      The Golden Ratio grid divides the screen into sections based on the golden ratio. This grid helps you follow the Golden Rule when composing.
Camera Settings
  • Exposure information

    Exposure information

    Light L16’s Exposure Information allows you to view important information about your current capture settings, including exposure information, shutter speed, ISO, and focal length.

    Turn on or off Exposure Information. Open the Toolbar  and tap the gear icon  to open the camera settings menu. Tap the switch next to “exposure info” to reveal the exposure information on your capture screen:

    • exp – Exposure shows how much you have increased or decreased your exposure.
    • iso - Shows your current ISO value.
    • s – Shows your current shutter speed value.
    • mm – Shows your current focal length or zoom level.

    Note: In auto exposure mode, shutter speed and ISO are automatically calculated. To set your ISO and shutter speed manually, see manual mode.


  • Device status

    Device status

    The Light L16’s device status shows information about your camera’s current battery percentage and remaining storage.

    Turn on or off device status. Open the Toolbar  and tap the gear icon  to open the camera settings menu. Tap the switch next to “device status” to toggle on or off the battery percentage indicator and number of photos remaining.


  • Haptic vibration

    Haptic vibration

    The Light L16 is equipped with a haptic vibrator to give you feedback while shooting, adjusting controls, zooming, and more.

    Turn on, off, or adjust haptic vibration. Open the Toolbar  and tap the gear icon  to open the camera settings menu. Tap “haptics” to open the haptics settings menu and view the available options:

    • Off
    • Normal (default)
    • Strong
  • Audio

    Audio

    The Light L16 plays audio noises to give you feedback while shooting and using the self-timer.

    Turn on or off audio. Open the Toolbar  and tap the gear icon  to open the camera settings menu. Tap the switch next to “audio” to toggle on or off.

    Adjust shutter volume.  First, access device settings:

    • From the camera or gallery modes, swipe down three times from the top of the touchscreen then tap the gear icon  in the top right corner.

    • From the home screen, tap the arrow icon on the right to open the apps menu. Tap the Settings app to open the full device settings menu.

    Scroll to the Device section then tap Sound & notification > Adjust volume. Drag the Notification volume slider left or right to increase or decrease the volume.

Gallery
  • View your photos

    View your photos

    Within your Light L16 gallery you can view, organize, and process your photos.

    View your photos. Tap the gallery icon Gallery-icon-40pxW.png in the top right corner of your screen to access the gallery. Swipe left to see your previous photos or swipe up to show your photos in a filmstrip. Tap a thumbnail in the filmstrip to view a photo.

    Zoom in or out. Double-tap or pinch a photo open or closed. Drag to see other parts of the photo.

    Browse collections. Tap the grid icon Grid-view-40pxW.png in the upper-left corner of the gallery to see all of your photos organized by date. Tap “all” in the top left corner to change which photos are displayed. There are several sorting options:

    • All – show all of your photos excluding deleted items.
    • Favorited – show only your favorited photos.
    • Developed – show only your developed photos.
    • Photo – show only photos.
    • Deleted – show your deleted photos.






  • Organize your photos

    Organize your photos

    Favorite a photo. While viewing a photo, tap the star icon  to mark it as a favorite. A solid star icon  indicates a photo has been favorited.

    Favorite multiple photos. Tap the grid icon Grid-view-40pxW.png to see all of your photo, then press and hold on an image to select it. Tap to select any other photos then tap the star icon  to mark them as favorites.

    View your favorite photos. Tap the grid icon Grid-view-40pxW.png to see all of your photos, then tap “all” in the top left corner followed by “star.” 




    Delete a photo. While viewing a photo, tap the trash icon  to delete it. If you accidentally delete a photo, you can tap “undo” to bring it back.

    Delete multiple photos. Tap the grid icon Grid-view-40pxW.png to see all of your photos, then press and hold on an image to select it. Tap to select any other photos then tap the trash icon  to delete them.

    Recover deleted photos. Deleted photos are placed in your deleted folder. To access the deleted folder, tap the grid icon Grid-view-40pxW.png to see all of your photos, then tap “all” in the top left corner followed by “deleted.” From the deleted folder, press and hold on a photo to select it, then tap “restore.” You can restore multiple photos at once by selecting more photos before tapping “restore.”


    Permanently deleted photos. Tap the grid icon Grid-view-40pxW.png to see all of your photos, then tap “all” in the top left corner followed by “deleted.” To delete all photos, tap “remove all.” To delete only selected photos, press and hold on a photo to select it, then tap “remove.” You can remove multiple photos at once by selecting more photos before tapping “ remove all.”


  • Process photos on Light L16

    Process photos on Light L16

    When you take a photo with your Light L16, 10 or more images are captured at once. In order to maximize battery power, only one camera is used to generate a thumbnail in the preview screen and gallery. The process option on your L16 allows you to create a higher resolution photo (5 megapixels – optimized for your device and social sharing) with just 5 of the 10+ images. Since processing high-resolution photos takes lots of power, we reserved the ability to develop full-resolution photos (52+ megapixels with 10+ images) for Lumen, the Light desktop software.

    Process a photo. Tap the gallery icon Gallery-icon-40pxW.png in the top right corner of the camera screen to access the gallery. Navigate to the photo you wish to process and tap the process icon develop-photo.png. You'll see a progress bar appear at the top of your screen while your photo is fusing its different images together. This may take a minute.

    Your Light L16 will produce a 5-megapixel photo to replace your original unprocessed photo in the gallery. When finished processing, the icon changes to indicate the photo has been processed developed-photo.png.

    Note: Processed photos cannot be unprocessed. However, your original photo will be unchanged. What you see in the gallery is simply a low-resolution preview of what your final image will look like. Once you transfer your images to Lumen, you can process full-size versions of your photos.



Lumen
  • A quick look

    A quick look

    Lumen lets you transfer your images from your camera to your computer, after which our algorithms fuse together each set of 10+ images to form your high-resolution photos. You can fine-tune your photos by adjusting depth of field and sharpening or blurring certain areas. Once you’re finished polishing, Lumen allows you to export your L16 photos as JPGs for immediate sharing, or DNGs to finish refining in your favorite photo editor.

  • System Requirements: Lumen

    System Requirements: Lumen

    Lumen is where our computational processing magic happens. The desktop software uses proprietary algorithms to fuse 10+ images together and create one exquisite photo. To use Lumen, your computer will need to be up to speed with our supported operating systems and system requirements.


    Windows

    • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 10
    • 4 GB or more of RAM (16 GB recommended)
    • 200MB of available hard-disk space (1GB recommended)
    • 64-bit processor


    Mac

    • Mac OS X version 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
    • 2012 Macs or newer (recommended)
    • 4 GB or more of RAM (16 GB recommended)
    • 200MB of available hard-disk space (1GB recommended)
    • 64-bit processor


    Note: We're trying to support as many operating systems as possible. You may choose to run Lumen on a different machine, but performance may be compromised.

  • Transfer photos

    Transfer photos

    Transfer photos. Connect your Light L16 to your computer via the included USB-C cable. By default, the Light desktop app opens automatically when your L16 is connected. If your Light L16 has new photos on it, the transfer widget will pop up automatically. If the transfer widget does not pop up, you can find it under the Light logo light-G.png in the menu bar.

    With the widget open, click the blue transfer button to begin the transfer process.

    Transfer selected photos. If you want to select specific images to transfer, click the select photos button. To change where your photos are transferred to, click the select destination button to choose a folder on your computer.

    Click the blue transfer button to begin transferring photos from your L16 to your computer.

    View Transferred Photos. Click the view photos button to open the folder containing your transferred photos. If the transfer is not complete, photos will appear in the folder one by one as they are being transferred.

    Transfer previous photos. If your Light L16 does not have new photos on it, the transfer widget does not pop up automatically. To initiate a transfer, you can find the transfer widget under the Light logo light-G.png in the menu bar. From there, the transfer process is the same as above.

    Note: The transfer widget will indicate if your camera needs to be plugged in. If you are having trouble connecting your camera, please contact us and we'll get you squared away.

  • Light raw files

    Light raw files

    LRI files. When transferring your photos to your desktop, you may notice that the file names include ".lri" at the end. Because the Light L16 captures 10+ images at once—and because we save the fusing of these photos for the desktop—the Light L16 bundles all of the information about your capture into a Light Raw File (LRI).

    .LRIs function similarly to how other RAW files work: any changes you make to the photo in Lumen doesn't affect the original raw file. This means you can edit and export multiple copies of your photo without making any changes to the original file.

    LRIS files. Whenever you edit an LRI file on your desktop, Lumen will create a new "LRIS" file with an identical name as your original LRI file. This LRIS file contains your depth-editing information. You can think of this file as a sidecar for your original file that contains all of the information about how you edited the photo. When you are done editing and decide to export a photo, Lumen will read your LRIS file and your LRI file together and process a single JPG or DNG (depending on your preference).

    Move LRI files. When you move LRI files around on your computer, or if you move them to an external hard drive, be sure to keep the LRI and LRIS files together. If you separate them, you will lose any depth edits you have made to your photos.

  • Curate your work

    Curate your work

    After transferring your LRI files, Lumen lets you view folders of photos in a gallery for easy browsing and sorting. Thumbnails displayed in Lumen’s gallery view are based on a quick fusion of 5 of your 10+ images per photo. You can see full-resolution versions of your photos by processing or exporting.

    Open a folder of photos. There are two ways to open a folder:

    • Click File > Open (Command + O) and navigate to your folder of Light Raw Files (.lri). With the folder selected, click “Open.”

    • Click the arrow at the top of the application window and choose “open…” Navigate to your folder of Light Raw Files (.lri), select it, and click “Open.”


    Adjust the size of your gallery thumbnails. Drag the zoom slider left or right to see your photos bigger or smaller.

    Sort by favorites or capture time. Click the icon in the bottom left corner next to the zoom bar to choose how your files are sorted. You can sort by capture time time  or favorites .

    Select photos. Click on a photo to select it. While holding shift, click on multiple photos to select them.

    Mark photos as favorites. With your photo or photos selected, click the star  in the bottom right corner to mark as a favorite.

    Get info (metadata) about your photos. Click View > Get info to see all of the available metadata about your selected photo. Info includes:

    • File name
    • Capture date
    • Capture time
    • Focal length
    • Exposure time
    • ISO
    • Exposure compensation
    • Aspect ratio

    Note: If your capture date and time are not correct, check to make sure that your Light L16 is set to the correct date and time. See “Date & Time” under System in device settings.

  • Process photos

    Process photos

    The real magic of our computational photography can be seen when processing images. Processing a photo uses Light’s proprietary algorithms to combine 10+ images (captured every time you press the shutter button) into one final, high-resolution photo.

    Process a photo. From the gallery, double-click a photo to open it in full screen. Lumen will switch from gallery mode to processing mode and a processing progress bar will appear.

    Preview full resolution by zooming in or out. Pinch open or closed on your trackpad, or drag the zoom slider left or right to zoom. 

    Fusing 10+ images takes some time. As you zoom in on your photo, Lumen will process the area you have zoomed in on in real time. If you see the loading icon  in the lower right corner, you know Lumen is still processing the area you're zooming on. Processing for the entire image is saved for when you export your photos.

    Show the filmstrip. In processing mode, click the arrow at the bottom of the application window. A filmstrip will appear with all of the images from your folder. You can switch which image you are processing by selecting a different photo from the filmstrip.

  • Adjust depth effect

    Adjust depth effect

    One of the most revolutionary concepts to come from computationally fusing 10+ images together is the ability to change depth of field long after a photo has been taken. Even if you’ve been shooting and editing photos for years, you’ve most likely never been able to edit depth of field after capturing your images.

    Click here to learn more about how we’re able to generate depth information for your photos.

    Adjust depth effect. With a photo opened in processing mode, click the Depth Effect tool to reveal the slider. The depth effect slider is given in aperture values or f-numbers. To increase depth effect, drag the slider up. As you increase depth, the area around your focal point begins to blur. The closer you get to the top of the slider, the more out-of-focus the areas in front of and behind your focal point will be, simulating the shallow depth-of-field effect of a wide-aperture lens.

    Note: You may notice the f-numbers are different from photo to photo. That's because the f-numbers match to your focal length and are the equivalent aperture Lumen can generate for that given zoom.

    Reset to original. If at any point you want to start over with an unedited photo, click Edit > Reset To Original.

  • Edit depth - heal

    Edit depth - heal

    Fusing together the Light L16’s 10+ images creates a depth map that aligns all of the objects in your photo. Occasionally, these depth maps contain inconsistencies, especially when there are similar colors or patterns that overlap. In these cases, Lumen’s algorithms have difficulty determining what should be in focus and what should be blurred. Within heal depth, there are two tools for fixing inconsistencies you might run into. For more precise area selection and editing, see match depth.

    Blend area

    Sometimes there may be inconsistent blur in your photos—especially in areas that stretch across multiple depths, such as roads, walls, or tables. Use the blend area tool to smooth the transition between depth gradients.

    Access the blend area tool. You must apply some depth effect to your photo in order to activate the “heal depth” tool. Click heal depth, then click the icon next to “heal” on the pop-up toolbar that appears near the bottom of your photo. Choose “blend area.”

    Adjust your brush size. Click the number next to “size” in the pop-up toolbar that appears near the bottom of your photo.

    Edit an area with blend area:

    1. Zoom in on the inconsistent area or object.

    2. Pick a brush size that’s big enough to cover both the inconsistent part and the surrounding region.

    3. Paint a boundary around the inconsistent blur and then fill it in. Lumen will pull the depth gradients from both the consistent and inconsistent areas and then average them together.

    4. Let go of your cursor: the average depth gradient will be applied to the selected area.




    Refine edge

    Adjusting depth effect can occasionally create inconsistent edges on larger, in-focus objects. The refine edge tool creates a more definitive and accurate difference between two varying depths along an edge. Use this tool to make jagged boundaries smooth.

    Access the refine edge tool. Apply some depth effect to your photo to activate the “heal depth” tool. Click heal depth, then click the icon next to “heal” on the pop-up toolbar that appears near the bottom of your photo. Choose “refine edge.”

    Adjust your brush size. Click the number next to “size” in the pop-up toolbar that appears near the bottom of your photo.

    Edit an area using refine edge:

    1. Zoom in on the inconsistent area or object you would like to edit.

    2. Pick a brush size that’s big enough to generously cover the inconsistent edge. It helps Lumen to have information from both the foreground and the background.

    3. Paint over the area.

    4. Let go of your cursor: Lumen will automatically smooth your jagged edge.





  • Edit depth - match

    Edit depth - match

    Fusing together the Light L16’s 10+ images creates a depth map that aligns all of the objects in your photo. Occasionally, these depth maps contain inconsistencies, especially when there are similar colors or patterns that overlap. In these cases, Lumen’s algorithms have difficulty determining what should be in focus and what should be blurred. In addition to the heal depth tools, match depth can be used to fix some of these inconsistencies.


    Match depth

    This tool lets you apply the same level of depth to separate areas of your photo. You can use this tool for all sorts of creative edits.

    Access the match depth tool. Apply some depth effect to your photo to activate the “match depth” tool. Click match depth to display the match depth toolbar near the bottom of your image.



    Change your selection method. Click the icon to the left of plus-minus in the pop-up toolbar and choose a selection tool:

    • Quick select – Drag to paint. Lumen will make a smart selection based on the area you are painting over.

    • Brush – Drag to paint exactly what you want to edit.

    • Lasso – Click to draw a polygonal shape around the region you want to edit.

    Adjust your brush or point size. Click the number next to “size” in the pop-up toolbar that appears near the bottom of your photo. You can only adjust point size for the lasso tool after making a selection. If you’d like to soften the edges of your selection and create a smoother edge, increase the point size of the lasso applicator in the toolbar.

    Make a selection. Select or paint the area you would like to change. For brush and quick select, after painting, a pink mask appears over your selected area.

    Edit a selection. To remove parts of your selection, click the “–” icon in the pop-up toolbar and paint the area you want to take a way. To add more to your selection, click the “+” icon in the pop-up toolbar and paint to add to your selection.

    Pick a source depth. Once you are finished refining your selected area, click on the eyedropper tool and choose a point in the image where you would like to match the depth. Click the check mark to apply your source depth to your selected area.


    Undo and redo depth edits. If you make a mistake or want to revert a change, you can click the back arrow on the right side of the pop-up toolbar. Or you can click Edit > Undo Depth Edit or Redo Depth Edit.

    Reset all depth edits. If you want to start over with depth editing your photo, click Edit > Reset All Depth Edits. This will reset all edits except for depth effect. To reset depth effect, choose Edit > Reset To Original.




  • Export as JPGs and DNGs

    Export as JPGs and DNGs

    Exporting photos from Lumen writes a new file type and simultaneously processes the entirety of your photos with Light’s proprietary, computational algorithms. When exporting, you have the freedom to choose your preferred file type and image size.

    Export a single photo. Select the photo you want to export and click the Export icon  in the bottom right corner of the application window.

    Change your filename. If you are exporting just one photo, you can change the photo’s filename in the export dialog that appears.

    Export multiple photos. From the gallery, hold shift and click to select the photos you want to export. Click the export icon in the bottom right corner of the application window.

    Choose where to save your photos. In the export dialog, click the field next to ‘save to” to select the folder where you would like to export your photo.

    Choose your desired file format. You can choose between 3 options:

    • jpg – For quick and easy sharing on social media or email, choose jpg.

    • dng – If you would like to export the maximum quality file and edit your photos in another application like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, choose dng.

    • jpg + dng – If you prefer to have both, choose jpg + dng.

    Choose your jpg file size and quality. For jpg files you can choose how large of an image you would like and at what quality you would like it:

    • 3mp – Perfect for social sharing.

    • 8mp – Print up to 8” x 10”.

    • 13mp – Print up to 10” x 13”.

    • full – Print up to 25” x 34”.
Safety, Handling and Support
  • Care for your Light L16

    Care for your Light L16

    Storing your Light L16. Included with your Light L16 is a soft case for storing the camera. The outside of the case is made of durable eco-yarn to protect the camera when it’s in your pocket or bag. The inside of the case is made of microfiber cloth to help clean your Light L16.

    How to clean your Light L16:

    • Inside the soft case is an attached microfiber cleaning cloth. To access the cloth, put your finger inside the case, find it, then pull straight out. The cloth stays attached to the case.

    • The Light L16’s glass surfaces are made of extremely durable Gorilla Glass. To clean the front or back surface of your Light L16, wipe in circular motions with a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth. If necessary, you can also lightly dampen the cloth with water.


    How NOT to care for your Light L16:

    • Do not use cleaning products or compressed air when cleaning your Light L16.

    • It is best not to clean Light L16 while it’s charging.

    • Do not dry your Light L16 using any external heat source, such as a blow dryer.





  • Care for your Light L16’s lithium-ion battery

    Care for your Light L16’s lithium-ion battery

    Like many other electronic products, the Light L16 is powered by a lithium-ion battery. We’ve heard all kinds of advice on how to retain battery life, so we wanted to clear up some of the confusion. Here are a few good habits that will optimize your battery’s lifespan:

    • Your battery is under less stress when it’s between 40% and 80% charged. Whenever possible, try to stay in that range. This is especially helpful to remember if you’ll be storing your camera for long periods of time.*

    • Frequently draining your battery to 0% can hurt your battery’s long-term health. Completely discharging your battery once a month, however, helps the camera stay calibrated.

    • Leaving your camera plugged in even when the battery is full can hurt battery life. Once you notice your camera’s battery is at 100%, go ahead and unplug it.

    • Keep your camera in cool and dry environments, particularly for extended periods of storage. This will help keep your battery in tip-top condition.


    *Keeping your battery in the range of 40%-80% is ideal, but not necessary. Your battery won’t be destroyed if it goes above or below this range.

  • Help Light make the L16 better

    Help Light make the L16 better

    We want your Light L16 to get better over time. You can help by automatically sending diagnostic reports to Light. These reports are incredibly helpful for us to know what is working and what to improve. (And it's all anonymized.) 

    Turn on diagnostic report.

    1. Accessing device settings:

      • From the camera or gallery modes, swipe down three times from the top of the touchscreen then tap the gear icon  in the top right corner.

      • From the home screen, tap the arrow icon on the right to open the apps menu. Tap the Settings app to open the full device settings menu.

    2. Scroll to the bottom and tap “About L16 Camera.”

    3. Tap "User Experience Program."

    4. Tap the check box next to "Diagnostics report" to turn it on.


Technology Partners
  • Technology Partners

    Technology Partners

    Light has partnered with several world-class partners in order to create the L16. Some of those partners include: Qualcomm, Global Unichip, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

    TouchSense © Technology licensed from Immersion Corporation. TouchSense and other Immersion software contained herein are protected under one or more of the U.S. Patents found at the following address: www.immersion.com/trademarks-and-patent-markings/ and other patents pending.

    This product uses Assertive Display technology by Apical Limited.

Camera
  • How is Light processing the images in the gallery?

    How is Light processing the images in the gallery?

    The images in Light's gallery in addition to those published to Light’s social feeds are processed using Light’s proprietary software, Lumen, which is powered by Light's proprietary Polar Fusion engine. The engine is comprised of sophisticated imaging algorithms which computationally fuse the many images captured by the L16 to create one incredibly high-quality image. 

    For more information, check out our in-depth guide to the technology behind the L16.

  • How much storage / media space is there on the camera?

    How much storage / media space is there on the camera?

    The Light L16 Camera has 256GB of onboard storage.

    For more information, take a look at our tech specs.

  • Where can I find the full technical specs on the Light L16 Camera?

    Where can I find the full technical specs on the Light L16 Camera?

    You can find them on our Camera page under tech specs.

  • How are photos created?

    How are photos created?

    Using proprietary Light algorithms, the Light imaging engine combines 10+ images with up to 130 megapixels of data in order to render each photograph. Adjustments to depth of field can be made after the shot is captured.

    Check out our brief explanation video.

    For more information, check out our in-depth guide to the technology behind the L16.

    For an in-depth look at how the camera works, watch our CTO and co-founder, Rajiv, give a speech on the camera’s technology.

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  • Can the camera take macro or close-focus photography?

    Can the camera take macro or close-focus photography?

    The L16's minimum focus distance is 10cm at 28mm, 40cm at 70mm, and 1m at 150mm.

    For more information, take a look at our tech specs.

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  • Can the L16 shoot video?

    Can the L16 shoot video?

    After an upcoming software update, the Light L16 Camera will shoot single sensor video up to 4K with 28mm, 70mm or 150mm equivalent focal length. 

    Note: At this time, no image-fusion is being performed on video captured by the L16.

  • How is the L16 different from other cameras?

    How is the L16 different from other cameras?

    The Light L16 camera is the first multi-aperture computational camera. The L16 makes it easy for anyone to take DSLR-quality images. Light’s technology combines folded optics with sophisticated computational imaging algorithms to deliver the highest quality images from the smallest possible device. 

    A traditional DSLR uses one lens to focus light onto one sensor in order to capture a photo. The Light L16 uses multiple apertures and sensors, in conjunction with state of the art computational imaging, to combine those images into a single, higher-quality photo with up to 52 megapixels.

    Check out our brief explanation video.

    For more information, check out our in-depth guide to the technology behind the L16.

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    For an in-depth look at how the camera works, watch our CTO and co-founder, Rajiv, give a speech on the camera’s technology.

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  • Is the camera dust and water resistant?

    Is the camera dust and water resistant?

    Yes. The Light L16 will be dust and water resistant. 

    For more information, take a look at our tech specs.

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  • What is the equivalent crop factor of the L16?

    What is the equivalent crop factor of the L16?

    The Light L16 uses multiple lenses and sensors; there is no crop factor equivalency like on some DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. However, the 28mm to 150mm focal length range is stated in 35mm film / full-frame equivalence for both quality and field of view. Click here to learn more about crop factor on the L16.


    For more information, take a look at our tech specs.

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  • How is focal length used to enable zoom?

    How is focal length used to enable zoom?

    The Light L16 has 16 camera modules at focal lengths from 28mm to 150mm. Depending on the zoom level chosen, a subset of those camera modules is used to capture images for the desired field of view.

    The concept is uniquely L16 so we've put together an in-depth article about it here.

  • What image formats can the Light L16 Camera output?

    What image formats can the Light L16 Camera output?

    The Light L16 camera outputs files in our proprietary raw format, LRI. Lumen, our desktop software, will output files in JPEG and DNG.

  • Does the L16 have a flash?

    Does the L16 have a flash?

    The Light L16 Camera will include a built-in dual-tone LED flash. This first iteration of the product does not have a sync port or shoe.
Pre-Order Information
  • When will I receive my L16 camera?

    When will I receive my L16 camera?

    As soon as humanly possible.


    What the heck does that mean?

    It means that real people on the other side of the world are building this revolutionary technology for you—by hand. Our camera is extraordinarily complicated—it’s made up of more than 3,000 parts—and our pre-order list is long. We know it’s been awhile, but we hope you can muster up just a little more patience. You won’t regret it.


    OK, I get it. The L16 is first-to-world technology. Can you give me some idea of when I might receive it?

    It’s just really hard for us to know how fast our production in China can ramp up. We’re working with a few different big manufacturers in Asia, and oftentimes, the speed of our production is dependent on their supplies and resources—two things that are completely out of our control. Everyday we’re fighting to make more cameras, but we are unfortunately forced to work within these constraints. Time is the price we pay for building such radical technology from scratch.


    So… can you tell me where I am on the pre-order list?

    We can tell you that it’s going to be pretty slow going for the first few weeks—and we’re replacing our beta cameras first. That means your camera may not get to you for a little while longer. The good news is that the L16 you do receive will have even more features and better performance.


    What happens when my camera is ready?

    You’ll receive an email from us with a link to complete your payment. At that time, you’ll be able to confirm your billing and shipping details before your card is charged. After your payment is complete, your camera will be packed and shipped!


    Thank you for bearing with us as we bring this revolutionary technology to market.

  • Can I participate in the beta test?

    Can I participate in the beta test?

    We had an overwhelming number of applicants for the L16 Beta Program and are not able to accommodate additional participants at this time.

  • When will I hear back about my beta application?

    When will I hear back about my beta application?

    We were overwhelmed by the thousands of people who applied to beta test. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to each individual application. New participants are selected on a rolling basis based on the evolving development needs of Light. Those users are contacted via the email they provided in their application.

  • What's the latest update on the camera?

    What's the latest update on the camera?

    You can read the latest information on our camera over at our blog. We will be posting regular updates going forward as well as emailing our mailing list. Additionally, you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up to date on all things Light!

  • Can I get a review unit?

    Can I get a review unit?

    We are not providing free or discounted cameras for testing or review at this time.

  • When will I be charged the remaining balance for my pre-order?

    When will I be charged the remaining balance for my pre-order?

    When your camera is ready to ship, you will receive an email from us with a link to complete your balance payment. At that time, you will be able to reconfirm your billing and shipping details before your card is charged.

  • How much do I owe?

    How much do I owe?

    Your remaining balance was reflected in your original order email. If you cannot locate that email, please contact us at hello@light.co and we will resend it.

  • How can I update my credit card details?

    How can I update my credit card details?

    When the time comes to ship and charge the final amount of the camera, we will reach out to everyone to make sure their card info is correct. At that time, you'll be given the opportunity to change your card securely through our site.

  • Is Light going to be at any upcoming events?

    Is Light going to be at any upcoming events?

    Check out our calendar to see our upcoming events.

Orders
  • When will the L16 be available in my country?

    When will the L16 be available in my country?

    At present we are not taking international orders. We will have an update on international markets in late 2017 and will add details and timing as they become available. Feel free to sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on all things Light.

  • What do you mean by sold out?

    What do you mean by sold out?

    Currently, we are sold out of the L16. Demand for the camera far exceeded our expectations, and we sold out of our entire first production run.

    We are focused on building and shipping L16s for our pre-order customers. Once we have finished shipping to pre-order customers, we will start taking new orders.

    We currently expect to be able to take new orders in late 2017. If you'd like to receive an email when we start taking orders again, please sign up for our mailing list.

  • What’s my order status?

    What’s my order status?

    Your items will ship when available

    We will ship your order as soon as all of the items in your order are available. If some items in your order are not available at the time of your order, we will wait to ship the entire order together.

    If you would like to ship parts of an order separately, shoot us a message at hello@light.co (or click the “contact us” button in the bottom right corner) and we’ll see what we can do.

    Shipping estimate

    When you place your order, a shipping estimate is displayed. We will make every effort to ship your order on or before the estimated shipment date.

    Order confirmation, shipping confirmation

    After placing your order, you will receive two emails from us: an order confirmation email when your payment has been received and a shipping confirmation email when your order has been shipped.

    If you don’t receive one of these emails from us, don’t fret. First, check to make sure the message didn't go to your spam or junk folder. (Gmail users will want to check their "promotions" folder.)

    If you still don’t see an email from us, shoot us a message at hello@light.co (or click the “contact us” button in the bottom right corner).

    Tracking your package

    The second email you receive from us will provide a tracking number and link so that you can keep tabs on the status of your package.

    Please note: the tracking link will not show any information until UPS has scanned your item into their system. This can take up to a day to happen, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see tracking information right away!

  • Return Policy

    Return Policy

    Pre-order return

    You can get a refund for your pre-order deposit anytime before your camera ships. Just send us an email at hello@light.co


    Extended return period

    All L16 cameras purchased through Light before Dec. 31st 2017 are eligible for our extended 90-day return guarantee.


    Initiate a return

    To be eligible, all cameras must be returned in their original packaging with no damage.

    Please contact our customer support team at hello@light.co. Make sure you have your original order ID or the serial number of your camera available. (To find the serial number of your L16, power on the camera and go to Settings > About L16 Camera > Status > Serial number. It is also located on the back of your camera’s packaging.)


    Was your camera damaged in shipping?

    Cameras ordered through Light that arrived damaged or are not working correctly can be returned or exchanged by contacting our customer support team at hello@light.co. (Or click the “contact us” button in the bottom right corner.)

  • When will I be able to order the L16 camera?

    When will I be able to order the L16 camera?

    We currently expect to be able to take new orders in late 2017, after we have finished shipping L16 cameras to all of our pre-order customers. To receive updates on L16 availability, subscribe to our mailing list.

  • How do I change my order once it has been placed?

    How do I change my order once it has been placed?

    You may change your order at any time. For now, the best way to do that is by emailing us at hello@light.co

  • How much does shipping cost?

    How much does shipping cost?

    Shipping in the US is free.

    Shipping in all other countries will be based on local postal service and delivery rates.

  • What types of payment methods do you accept?

    What types of payment methods do you accept?

    We accept all major credit cards.