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First images of the production L16 camera leaked!

By Marcus Wong - on 17 Apr 2017, 4:27pm

First images of the production L16 camera leaked!

Remember the L16 camera we first covered back in 2015? Recent posts from the L16 blog seem to suggest that fully functional test cameras are already out in the wild, with sample images coming in to boot.

The final images seem to suggest the production L16 will be slimmer than expected.

Here are some of the changes Lightrumors have noticed:

  • The flash used to be above the “Light” logo. it has now in a more central position and seems to be a dual-color flash
  • The laser focus assist has been moved a bit to make room for the flash and appears to be a solid color
  • The grip section is flat – earlier images had a very slight rise from the flat surface of the glass
  • There’s a tiny hole to the right of the “Light” logo – probably a mic hole for video
  • On the left side (when facing the front), we see the attachment slot for the wrist strap – but there plug slot that used to be there is now gone

There aren’t any images of the bottom or the rear, so we don’t know what other changes have happened there, but it does seem like this will be the final design of the camera.

The packaging design seems to have been finalized.

The blog itself states that L16 pre-orders will begin shipping to customers in the US on July 14. However, the company also says that:

“Given the length of our pre-order list, we expect fulfillment of these pre-orders to take until late summer. We hope to be accepting new L16 orders in the US in late 2017.”

Lightrumors also got news from one of their readers that Light has decided to cancel all international pre-orders due to uncertainty over when they would be allowed to ship. It seems the company is unsure of how long it will take for them to get the necessary international certifications for the camera and thus have decided to refund all international pre-orders.

The company remains optimistic that they will be able to ship internationally by the end of the year though. And have instead assured international backers that they will get the first opportunity to reorder the camera at their originally quoted price when that happens. As you can see from the email below, updates will come in July, so we’ll hope for good news and update this story again then.

Here are two of the sample images found on the official Light.co blog:

No exif data is provided of course, but the first image certainly gives a good idea of the type of dynamic range the system can capture given it's a shot at high noon. 

Sources: Light.co blog, Mirrorless Rumors, Lightrumors