Xiaomi joins forces with the company that designed Nokia 9's five-camera setup

Xiaomi announced its collaboration with Light at a closed-door briefing at MWC 2019.


Light, a company that made waves across the mobile photography realm with the launch of the L16 camera (which had a whopping 16 cameras) has now joined forces with Xiaomi.

With smartphones getting more and more lenses on the back, Light, a company that chooses to call itself the "world’s most advanced imaging platform", will likely help Xiaomi integrate multi-lens setups on their smartphones. The company not only focuses on hardware but also on algorithms that aid the digital processing of images shot through multiple lenses.

The Light L16 camera. Image: Light

The Light L16 camera. Image: Light

Xiaomi isn't the only one working with Light though. HMD Global's Nokia 9 Pureview, which sports five rear-facing cameras, happens to be powered by technology from Light. The company, known for its work in computational photography, also agreed on a deal with Sony to jointly develop and market multi-image sensor solutions.

The penta-rear camera setup sporting Nokia 9 PureView. Image: HMD Global

The penta-rear camera setup sporting Nokia 9 PureView. Image: HMD Global

Announcing their collaboration at MWC in Barcelona, CEO and co-founder of Light, Dave Grannan said, "Light’s computational imaging is forever changing the way our devices see the world, and we look forward to applying our pioneering multi-camera technology and empowering their devices with the imaging solutions of the future."

But when do we start seeing an outcome of this collaboration on a Xiaomi smartphone? Well, we don't know yet. Given the strides Xiaomi has made over the past year in terms of image processing, this sure means that we'll see further improvements down the line.


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