I recently became aware of another flash made for Smartphones – this one will work with both iPhone and Android phones. It is the iBlazr LED flash, which works by plugging into the 3.5mm headphone jack of your chosen smartphone. Cost £28.99 from Amazon.co.uk
As I ordered mine through Amazon Prime, it came the very next day. I have not had much time to play with it, hence my delay in posting this review. But now that I’ve had it for over 2 weeks, I can give a better assessment of it (and also how it compares to the Nova Bluetooth flash). Do note that I do not have any Android devices to test this on, so I am basing on my experience with my iPhone 6 plus (and also with my Olympus E-P5).
It came in a very compact case and was well packed. The accessories are stored away out of view in the rear of the packaging.
Weight: 10 g
Dimensions: 27 x 32 x 9mm
Battery capacity: 110mAh
Up to 500 flash on one charge (up to 270 Lux)
Continuous light: Low – 16 Lux (3hrs), Medium – 60 Lux (50mins), High – 120 Lux (25mins)
Retains battery charge for up to 3 months in sleep mode
Colour temperature: 5600K
It is very light and is activated by pressing the power on button on the top. Pressing the power repeatedly will cycle you through the various settings. First press will make the LEDs light and go off one at a time clockwise to indicate it is in the flash mode. The second press will activate the continuous light mode, which has 3 different levels (low followed by medium and then high).
From looking at the exposures on my Olympus E-P5 in aperture mode, I can say that at short distances each press of the power button will increase significantly the power and reduce the ISO required from my camera accordingly. And that was with the diffuser on.
Because it is able to act as a continuous bright light source, it can be very useful for many things:
1) It can act as a small reasonably powerful pocket torch
2) If plugged into a USB port it can also act as a table lamp
3) It can be a light source for shooting movies
4) It can be used for shooting macro and be placed very close to the subject
5) It can be used to produce angled lighting for different effects.
The iBlazr when charged will show the progress through the number of LEDs lit up. Once it gets to all 4 LEDs lit up, it means that it is fully charged.
It comes with a free App for iPhone and Android. It allows for shooting of video and photos, using the light as constant light source or as a flash. The flash can be used for both front and rear cameras.