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Light L16 camera packs 16 lenses

If you want a camera that’s way more impressive than your friend’s SLR, check out the L16 from start-up Light. It packs a ridiculous 16 lenses. That’s right, 16.

They aren’t swappable like an SLR or micro four-thirds camera. Rather, they’re all built into the body. Despite this immense photographic power, L16 is about the size of a Nexus 6P, though quite a bit thicker, Re/code reports.

So why 16 lenses? When you take a snap, all 16 capture photos at the same time at different focal lengths – this, Light says, gives you “more data in every shot”. It then combines the best parts of each into one 52-megapixel photo. It’s sort of like HDR mode on steroids.

One it’s snapped, you can adjust the photo’s depth of field, focus and exposure, effectively giving you an edit suite right in the camera.

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It runs Android, so you should be able to use apps from Google Play, and has Wi-Fi, so you can post photos direct from the camera. The screen on the back is 5 inches big, and it has a 35mm-150mm optical zoom.

It’s available to pre-order now for $1,299 (£850) from Light’s website. But hurry, pre-orders stop on November 6. After that, you’ll have to wait until the summer of 2016 when it goes on sale. It’ll also be more expensive then, setting you back $1,699 (£1,111).

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