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Sormaus

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Greetings! I recently rolled the dice on an eBay purchase for a Light L16 camera. The device appears to have had some serious OS problems/botched root/adb commands/I am honestly not quite sure what has gone wrong with it, but it is not even showing the OS as LightOS (the camera OS). I was wondering if any of you might have the firmware laying around somewhere, or any experience flashing these devices with AOSP/variants?
 
I just ordered today! from what I'm gathering its mixed on newest software but is the camera working out of box? I got mine off amazon and they all have good reviews!
I've ordered mine from amazon too, but it will take some time to be delivered to me
EXACTLY! it's like gambling, you don't know which version you will actually receive, but haven't read a review of a non-working unit, yet
fingers crossed till my camera arrives
 

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I've ordered mine from amazon too, but it will take some time to be delivered to me
EXACTLY! it's like gambling, you don't know which version you will actually receive, but haven't read a review of a non-working unit, yet
fingers crossed till my camera arrives
Mine says delivery today it’s 11am EST and I see no movement SMH hopefully I’m not another victim of “This stuff always happens around the holidays lol” I’m eager to try it. If it’s good imma sell my Sony A6600!
 
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Mine says delivery today it’s 11am EST and I see no movement SMH hopefully I’m not another victim of “This stuff always happens around the holidays lol” I’m eager to try it. If it’s good imma sell my Sony A6600!
hope it will be delivered soon and waiting for you to write your first impressions with your camera
it's a tough call between L16 and a6600, specially if you only shoot photos
 

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hope it will be delivered soon and waiting for you to write your first impressions with your camera
it's a tough call between L16 and a6600, specially if you only shoot photo
hope it will be delivered soon and waiting for you to write your first impressions with your camera
it's a tough call between L16 and a6600, specially if you only shoot photos
Yeah I had to down grade I have 3 cameras and I get the iPhone pro every year that is truly closing the gap for what I use them for I only take pictures of kids and trips I have a 6600, Nikon p1000 and had a lumix point and shoot that I recently sold! So if this camera is good for 299 I already have a buyer for my camera so I can use money on other tech.
hope it will be delivered soon and waiting for you to write your first impressions with your camera
it's a tough call between L16 and a6600, specially if you only shoot photos
 
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Yeah I had to down grade I have 3 cameras and I get the iPhone pro every year that is truly closing the gap for what I use them for I only take pictures of kids and trips I have a 6600, Nikon p1000 and had a lumix point and shoot that I recently sold! So if this camera is good for 299 I already have a buyer for my camera so I can use money on other tech.
I have Samsung Note 10+ that still rocks and Fujifilm XT3 that gives superb video files and great images, so I'm in L16 for the tech mainly and photography secondly

phones nowadays are really sufficing your daily needs with enhanced algorithms and AI processing of final images, you can't justify having a dedicated camera 😅 unless you do some professional photo/videography
 

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I have Samsung Note 10+ that still rocks and Fujifilm XT3 that gives superb video files and great images, so I'm in L16 for the tech mainly and photography secondly

phones nowadays are really sufficing your daily needs with enhanced algorithms and AI processing of final images, you can't justify having a dedicated camera 😅 unless you do some professional photo/videography
Exactly, I hope it’s good and we can make it better here I’m still waiting to get into that Facebook group they have a Even newer build! I’ll report back soon as I get it.
 
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Just got it obviously can’t update mine is new in box and it’s running 1.3.0.5! I'm definitely excited to get the newest software if possible I hit the people up on the Facebook group a member posted I'm curious how better will it be!
afaik, there are slight differences from 1.3.0.6 upwards
I'm waiting for my "cookie fortune" to see what firmware version it has
 

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afaik, there are slight differences from 1.3.0.6 upwards
I'm waiting for my "cookie fortune" to see what firmware version it has
Yes, I read that 1.3.0.6 is where you wonna start from if possible! 1.3.0.5 in some situations look really good even better then my IPhone 14 Pro! I’m hopping this thread will get us to where we need to be. I want to at least get the latest firmware on this thing! They had such a good thing with this sad they killed it. For the price I paid it’s close to another decent more pocketable Sony that will shoot better!
 
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I have a production, working L16 with latest software -- in addition to what I believe is one of the early beta units from eBay. I'm not experienced enough to attempt to pull the firmware and software from the working one; all the commercial solutions fail. They seem to require an application to be loaded to the camera, which doesn't work.

I'm more than willing to devote more effort, if someone has a reliable solution, and could post the files.
What firmware version is your running?
 

Mike Heck

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Greetings! I recently rolled the dice on an eBay purchase for a Light L16 camera. The device appears to have had some serious OS problems/botched root/adb commands/I am honestly not quite sure what has gone wrong with it, but it is not even showing the OS as LightOS (the camera OS). I was wondering if any of you might have the firmware laying around somewhere, or any experience flashing these devices with AOSP/variants?
What firmware version is your running?
The production L16 is on LightOS-1.3.4.1-111 and the camera firmware is 006FD11B, if that's any value.
 

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I wish. I'm still stuck on version 1.3.0.6-083 (Late January 2018). I think others are on lower versions than that, but unfortunately I'm new to all this and don't know how to dump such things, or how useful it would be,
I’m on 1.3.0.5 from the release notes even 1.3.0.6 was a update! So I can only imagine the 1.3.4.0 people! I’m willing to buy software for the person who has most updated and can backup the camera so we can run the back up!
The production L16 is on LightOS-1.3.4.1-111 and the camera firmware is 006FD11B, if that's any value.
yes, even tho to me for the price I paid mine is decent! but I’m running 1.3.0.5-072 firmware 00481D6A so yes! I would assume yours have a lot of added features that will bring it even better quality from the release notes I have read for that build!
 

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Not directly related to everything being talked about, but if you were to sideload OpenCamera would video capture be possible without the latest OS? Interested in buying one of these but no video even to mess with would be a deal breaker
 

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Hi!
I recently purchased a cheap brand new L16 as well. It came with version 1.3.0.5. I have also been searching everywhere for a newer firmware. So far the only lead I found is a Bilibili video of a person demonstrating how to offline update the camera. They seem to have a copy of firmware 1.3.5.1 and could simply update the camera by placing the firmware file into the internal storage(which is how HMD/Nokia devices update as well).

I have DM'd the video host to see if he is willing to share or sell the firmware package. Will report back once I get a reply. Here a link to the video in case you are curious: 【Light L16相机 固件升级指南】 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1J...eb&vd_source=ee675b02079b99672e60053aa4c88611

Please do not harass the video host, last thing we want is to piss off that one guy who might have the firmware files.
 
That's very great!!!
Many thanks for sharing the video link and contacting
Hi!
I recently purchased a cheap brand new L16 as well. It came with version 1.3.0.5. I have also been searching everywhere for a newer firmware. So far the only lead I found is a Bilibili video of a person demonstrating how to offline update the camera. They seem to have a copy of firmware 1.3.5.1 and could simply update the camera by placing the firmware file into the internal storage(which is how HMD/Nokia devices update as well).

I have DM'd the video host to see if he is willing to share or sell the firmware package. Will report back once I get a reply. Here a link to the video in case you are curious: 【Light L16相机 固件升级指南】 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1J...eb&vd_source=ee675b02079b99672e60053aa4c88611

Please do not harass the video host, last thing we want is to piss off that one guy who might have the firmware files.
That's very great news!
Many thanks for sharing the link and contacting the person who did this video... Eagerly waiting for his reply
 

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    Thanks helloavo for sharing the firmware!!!!!

    Now that there is video recording is enabled , I wonder if a third party video recording app would work with optical zoom features enabled. It would be interesting to see what the max bitrate we can get with 1080p recording like with . Also it would be interesting to see of the media_profiles.xml when rooted, could be edited to maybe enable 4k recording in some capacity if the hardware/drivers support it.

    Has anyone installed Camera2 API Probe apk just to see what it returns?
    No worries.

    I am also very interested in getting other other camera apps on the L16, or more likely, building a custom one that would just give us the .RAW files form each camera module that we could then combine ourselves.
    Would defiantly open up the uses for the L16 but I could not find many apps that would install on such an old version of Android

    I have experience coding but not familiar with Android so wanted to ask the more experienced users here,
    would it be possible to build the latest version of Android for the L16?
    Or would it need custom drivers for the cameras? My hope is they are presented individually to the OS but can't find much information on that.
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    Geez. Thanks so much. I'm going to go change my name now.
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    I have got the firmware for 1.3.5.1.
    I have added it to the GitHub repository here, under releases.
    (BTW anyone can upload to this repo, please add anything that might be of use to other users)

    Backstory about this:
    A user called Jerome2023 joined XDA and posted in this thread that he had the firmware and would share it for $30 transfer via PayPal, obviously this screams of scam.
    The only evidence was a screenshot of a zip file (not even the files inside).

    When I asked for more info or photos as proof it was legit (Like the ones I have included below), he refused claiming he was insulted by my lack of trust... on the internet...
    He was then banned from the forum by admins.

    He claimed the total cost to get the updater was $150 from a local camera store, I already know of 2 other people who have sent him $30 so if it really did cost $150 then at least he has made $90 back.

    Honestly I don't know why he want about it in this way, I am sure everyone here would have got together the reimburse him for the cost and effort he went to get it.

    I do not want anyone to be out of pocket for finding the firmware, especially since that firmware should have been made available for free by Light, but I suspect he was trying to make some money out of it.

    I have heard that he did genuinely wanted to help people but sending the money was a 'trust' exercise.
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    Hi!
    I recently purchased a cheap brand new L16 as well. It came with version 1.3.0.5. I have also been searching everywhere for a newer firmware. So far the only lead I found is a Bilibili video of a person demonstrating how to offline update the camera. They seem to have a copy of firmware 1.3.5.1 and could simply update the camera by placing the firmware file into the internal storage(which is how HMD/Nokia devices update as well).

    I have DM'd the video host to see if he is willing to share or sell the firmware package. Will report back once I get a reply. Here a link to the video in case you are curious: 【Light L16相机 固件升级指南】 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1J...eb&vd_source=ee675b02079b99672e60053aa4c88611

    Please do not harass the video host, last thing we want is to piss off that one guy who might have the firmware files.
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    I have a damaged production unit with 1.3.0.3-57 ( i see now that
    V1.3.4.1 (1341) - May 2019 - is last release in the light website release notes )

    at point where I have vikiroot on it.
    have older unit with old firmware... is defaulted to root on debug shell.

    so i guess the plan is try to sideload a rom app and pull a backup rom of the older firmware then update the older unit. anyone been down this route yet? pitfalls / successes to share?

    older firmware on 'good' unit is 1.2.2_1
    newer firmware on damaged unit is 1.3.0.3-57


    EDIT:

    Into recovery mode on both units. No fastboot =/
    God I really dislike how android OS builders always go out of their way to screw over their customers.

    EDIT 2:

    Initial plan is to side load busybox as static compiled target to 1.3.0.3-57 unit. execute VIKIROOT exploit to escalate to root. And do a netcat dump of the OS disk block to another node. IF that works I'll do the same for the older node. At least have a full image dump of both devices.

    I am tempted to attempt to do an overwrite of the disk block on the older device with the newer firmware exported image. But that's chancey. If it goes wrong the device will brick. =/
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    Alright I confirmed I was completely incorrect in my first post about unlocking the bootloader
    this will work to unlock the bootloader/install twrp/magisk root

    You might need to reset the camera, so back up your pictures/data

    setup adb and fastboot (guide)
    download and extract VIKIROOT from here
    download magisk apk from here
    download material files apk from here
    download twrp.img from this post from here
    put all the files in the same folder as the adb command
    open a terminal/cmd window in the adb folder

    adb push exploit /data/local/tmp
    adb shell
    cd /data/local/tmp
    chmod +x exploit
    ./exploit 2222

    you need to toggle Bluetooth if it is stuck on "waiting for reverse connect shell"
    if you get "unknown kernel" reboot and try again
    It will say ===TERMINAL=== if it worked, whoami should return root.
    the prompt will probably be blank

    dd if=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/boot of=/storage/emulated/0/boot.img
    dd if=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/recovery of=/storage/emulated/0/recovery.img (for safety)
    exit
    exit

    If the camera becomes disconnected before you exit the root prompt, temporary root does not appear to work until the camera is factory reset from recovery. This is not necessary if boot.img was dumped successfully as temporary root is not needed again.

    adb install Magisk-v25.2.apk
    adb install "Material Files_1.5.2_Apkpure.apk"

    Open the Magisk app on the camera and press install near the top left. Press next, select and patch a file, open the menu on the left and select material files, scroll down and select boot.img, and then press LET'S GO ->

    after it completes check what file name it saved as and change the file name bolded below
    (or open material files and check the download folder if you closed Magisk)

    adb pull /storage/emulated/0/Download/magisk_patched-XXXXX_YYYYY.img magisk_patched.img

    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot oem devlock off
    fastboot reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img
    fastboot flash recovery twrp.img (not required but nice to have)
    fastboot reboot

    The camera will reboot to android, and magisk should have the superuser tab available.
    Changing to root in adb shell now can be done with su instead of the temporary root (there will be an approval prompt on the camera)
    The bootloader will now allow flashing different system versions

    please tell me if you have any problems

    (to just unlock the bootloader)
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot oem devlock off
    fastboot reboot
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    I will also mention I have a few of these devices on the way that claim to have the latest firmware. If they do, I'll happily work on cloning them and post it.