Small, Powerful, Bluetooth “Lifestyle Light” for Your Go Pro, iPhone, Android or DSLR Camera – Also Used on The DJI Inspire 1 at Night (Video)
I am a big fan of lighting in all forms whether it be natural light and all the many variations it brings or a simple studio set up. Sometimes, decent lighting can come in the smallest form whilst producing incredibly bright illumination.
Introducing the Lume Cube
The Lume Cube was introduced around a year ago with the help of a successful, $230k Kickstarter project and has gone from strength to strength in a short time.
It was designed to be used with small form cameras such as the Go Pro HD Hero range or your Android/iPhone Smartphone but to be honest, now I have seen these things, I think the applications are almost endless for any camera set up.
Whether you use these as your main lighting, a supplement to your existing set up or as a way to satisfy your creative urges with lighting units that can go anywhere, I think everyone with a DSLR camera, Go Pro or Smartphone could do with a couple (or more) of these.
What are Lume Cubes?
The Lume Cube is a small, 1.5″ cube that produces an adjustable and incredible 1500 lumens of light on full power (flash and/or video) and can be used with Go Pro’s, Smartphones or pretty much any camera. One of the best features for me is that you can control the output, individually, of up to 100 Lume Cubes from your Smartphone/Tablet using their free app.
Oh, and it is 100% waterproof to 30m (100ft) with no casing required!
- Take It Anywhere: 1.5” Cube Encased in Water Resistant Silicone Shell
- Take Command: Fully Adjustable Flash Duration & Brightness via Smartphone App
- Sync It Up: Bluetooth Sync w/ iPhone and Android Smartphones
- Master Two Modes: External Flash for Photos or Constant Light for Video
- Light An Entire Scene: Sync up to 5 Lume Cubes Individually via Smartphone App
- Adjust Brightness: Dimmable Between 0–1,500 lumens
- Mount to Most Surfaces: Powerful Magnet & Innovative Suction Cup
- Direct Your Focus: Tripod Designed by JOBY® Points Light Where It’s Needed
- Lock It Down: ¼ 20 Mount Attaches to Tripods & Action Cam Accessories
- Sync A Slave Flash: Optical Sensor Easily Detects & Triggers w/ Outside Flashes
- Colour Temperature: 6000 K (Daylight White Balanced)
- Shoot Continuously: No Recycle Time Between Flashes
- Power Through: ~2-Hour Battery Life @ 50% power & 1-Hour Charge Time w/ USB Charger
- Light Entire Scenes: Available in Single Unit, 2-Pack or 6-Pack in a Variety of Colours
- Enhance Your GoPro®: Proprietary Mount & Waterproof Case Designed for GoPro® Hero Cameras
Caveat: As you may or may not know, I only review products on ATP that I find exciting, cool, interesting, useful or good for my readers and if it is cr*p…I won’t even bother reviewing it.
As I was going on holiday recently and had planned to review the Go Pro HD Hero 5 whilst in Spain, I was dying to get my hands on a Lume Cube to compliment the review as I had been looking at these cool little things for a while.
Lume Cube sent me two…as well as the Go Pro Mount! It was their Kit for Go Pro package which consisted of two fully charged Lume Cubes and a nifty mount bar that allowed me to place the Go Pro in the middle of both lights…great stuff and it all fitted onto the Go Pro Bobber no problem!
The light performed flawlessly both in and out of the water with no fluctuations, flickering or faltering. In fact sometimes (such as when my daughter carried it through a water tunnel in a swimming pool to do a “selfie slide”), it was too bright and we had to lower the output to around 40-50%.
I used the light in the swimming pool, in the sea and out of the water and it produced high quality, 6000k daylight illumination which was easily enough for shots close up or up to a few meters away.
On the front of the Lume Cube, you have an optical sensor which you switch on via the app or by holding down one of the rubber buttons. Once activated, the Lume Cube will act as a slave flash but is very sensitive indeed. It will fire even when you turn it towards a window or relatively low light.
The cube is small, solid and highly durable…it feels good in the hand. It only has two buttons which makes using it a piece of cake especially as you can control it 100% via the free Lume Cube app.
When the app was first released, it came in two versions…free and professional (which was a paid app). Now the pro version is free for everyone…good move Lume Cube.
I haven’t used it that much but I can say it works fairly well. I have lost connection via Bluetooth a few times but once connected, you can control the power output, flash power and monitor the signal strength (even underwater) between 1 and 100 Lume Cubes independently.
This is superb for bloggers, Periscoper’s, YouTuber’s, sports people and so on as it takes no time to set up and you can throw a bunch of Lume Cubes in your bag and barely notice them.
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