One of the surprise hits of DEMA Show 2016 is the Lume Cube LED photo/video light. The durable little powerhouse is about the size of a GoPro Session camera, and packs a walloping 1500 lumens at ten different power settings.
Manufactured in San Diego, the body is made of rugged aluminum and comes in three different colors: silver, black, and gunmetal. Inside is a battery that will last for an hour on full power, recharges via micro-USB in about thirty minutes, and that actually performs better and lasts longer in colder water. The Lume Cube is waterproof to 100 feet, but can be used for topside photography without overheating. Attach it to your smart phone, action camera, or any mount using the standard tripod fitting (1/4″ – 20 screw).
What really makes the Lume Cube special is its custom-designed fresnel lens that provides a 60 degree flood angle with no hot spots and a soft fall-off. The LEDs are rated at a 6,000 Kelvin temperature, and the pure white light can be used as a constant beam, or programed to flash. To use it as a flash, simply hold down the right button for five seconds until a red X appears. A sensitive optical sensor will tell the Lume Cube to respond to any light changes with a flash.
For topside and underwater photographers alike, Lume Cube‘s user-friendly functions, compact design, and wallet-friendly price point seem poised to do for action lighting what GoPro did for action imaging. You can pick one up for US$79.99/75.54 Euros, grab a two-pack for $149/141 Euros, or go crazy with four lights for $299.99/283.32 Euros.
Learn more at lumecube.com.