Featured »

March 12, 2014 – 12:21 pm | One Comment

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has opened up at least 24 new positions for their in-house camera hardware and software engineering teams. This further illustrates that Apple takes iPhoneography seriously and how the iPhone and other mobile devices have changed photography.

email
Read the full story »
News
Reviews
App Sales
Hipstamatic
Instagram
Home » News

iblazr, a new Universal LED Flash for iPhone and Other Smartphones

Submitted by on July 3, 2013 – 10:54 am

iblazr iPhone LED flash

One of the big limitations of the iPhone camera is its pathetically weak flash. There are hotspots and its throw is pretty much limited to arms-length selfies before things really start to break down. The iblazr is a new external LED flash unit for iPhones and other mobile devices. According to its website, it’s coming soon and it may just be an essential iPhone accessory.

The iblazr is a 4 LED device that provides over 100 lux on 1m in video mode (x7 than iPhone) and more than 180 lux in flash mode (x4 than iPhone). The unit is self-powered, so it’s not a drain on your iPhone’s battery.

It’s small and thin, about 10mm in thickness. It mounts right into your iPhone’s headphone jack. When not in use, it’s small and flat enough to fit in your pocket.

There will be an available a free camera app for both iOS and Android devices that will adapt the iblazr to the shooting environment, helping you get the perfectly lighted subject. In video mode you will be able to change the level of light just during the shooting.

iblazr iPhone LED flash sample image

iblazr sample flash, compared to standard iPhone flash

It’s not in production yet, although if you follow iblazr on Instagram, you’ll see that they’ve already got some pre-production units made. From the sample images, the iblazr is definitely an improvement over the current iPhone’s single flash. It won’t replace a studio rig as a lighting solution, but looks like it’ll put out a much brighter, more uniform light with better coverage when you have to use a flash. It looks like the device even comes with a diffuser, further reducing flash hot spots. Cool!

If it works as advertised, iblazr looks like a great little device and could be an essential iPhone photo accessory.

Right now, this is still, essentially, vaporware. There’s no delivery date information, no pricing information — not even a Kickstarter project. You can sign up for email updates on the product at the iblazr website.

=M=

~~~~

Photos courtesy of iblazr

 

email
Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.