Method again in 2014, Lume Dice Inc. sailed previous its fundraising targets when it launched its brand-new, eponymously-named LED lighting system on Kickstarter. Aimed each at nonetheless and video shooters, the unique Lume Dice provided 1,500-lumen mild output and Bluetooth wi-fi management in a remarkably compact package deal. And regardless of measuring simply Four x Four x 4.5cm (1.6 x 1.6 x 1.75″), it was additionally each rugged and waterproof.

Enter the Lume Dice 2.0: as moveable as ever with some key enhancements underneath the hood. Briefly, we expect it is an extremely helpful little mild with a strong ecosystem of equipment. See our condensed findings under and skim on for the complete evaluation.

Key takeaways:

  • Compact, measurement, rugged and waterproof building encourage confidence and use in a wide range of conditions
  • Glorious high quality of sunshine, with daylight white stability and a excessive CRI worth
  • Optical sensor to behave as a slave flash for stills capturing
  • Nice management over brightness
  • Spectacular battery run-time, however longer cost occasions
  • Good max brightness for measurement, however nonetheless struggles underneath daylight
  • Glorious, if expensive, accent system

What’s new?

Though it is precisely the identical measurement as its predecessor and has the identical mild output as earlier than, the up to date Lume Dice 2.Zero now runs for 3 times as lengthy at full energy, and is simpler to recharge too. And the sunshine it produces has improved noticeably when it comes to its shade rendition, protection and evenness.

The brand new model additionally provides an added low-light mode with a 1-10% energy vary in 1% increments, controllable both from the smartphone app or the Lume Dice’s personal bodily controls. And the product bundle has been expanded, with a modification body and two filters included as a part of the bottom product bundle.

The usual Lume Dice 2.Zero package (left, $90) now consists of the modification body with diffuser and warming filters. The Professional Lighting Package (proper, $300) features a carry case packing two lights with modification frames, a dozen filters, two grids, and a full set of barn doorways, snoot and diffusion bulb for every mild.

Who’s it for?

As earlier than, the Lume Dice 2.Zero is aimed each at nonetheless and video shooters, no matter whether or not they’re utilizing a large interchangeable-lens digicam rig, GoPro, smartphone or perhaps a drone.

For standalone cameras, most performance can be utilized and not using a smartphone in any respect, and the Lume Dice works both a steady mild supply or an optically-triggered slave flash. Alternatively, a number of lights will be managed individually or as a gaggle utilizing an Android / iOS app.

Smarter bodily controls and a better-placed optical sensor

The Lume Dice 2.Zero seems fairly just like predecessor, and its measurement and weight are unchanged. The most important distinction is that the optical sensor has moved from the entrance of the sunshine to its prime, sharing its location with the standing LED. In its new dwelling, it is now simpler to set off from a variety of angles.

It sits in between a clearly-labeled pair of opaque black buttons on the highest deck which substitute the translucent buttons of the unique mannequin. These collectively present entry to energy management, brightness adjustment, optical slave flash, and low-light mode.

The non-swiveling scorching shoe mount proven on this picture is included in the usual bundle. The Professional Lighting Package would not embrace any mounts; the ball head mount proven atop this web page prices $25.

Charging is faster and simpler, however waterproofing suffers

Round again, the charging port is now a contemporary, reversible USB-C connector, and is roofed by a gentle rubber flap. Whereas it is nonetheless a bit fiddly to tug open with recently-trimmed nails, it closes securely, stays in place, and it is very nice to not have to fret in regards to the lights being affected by rain. (And to have the ability to take them underwater too, if that is your factor.)

Whereas much less bothersome than the screw-in cowl of the unique Lume Dice, it is also simpler for water to avoid, although. In consequence the brand new mannequin is waterproof to a most depth of 9.1m / 30ft, down from 30.5 / 100ft for its predecessor. That is nonetheless a lot for snorkeling and doubtless a fairly vital proportion of leisure scuba too, however in the event you’re planning on deeper dives chances are you’ll need to stick to the sooner model.

Wider, extra even and daylight-balanced mild

On the within, every thing is new. The battery, LED and optics have all been changed, and whereas it nonetheless has a lightweight output of 1,500 lumens (750 lux at 1m), the Lume Dice 2.Zero now has a 5600okay daylight shade temperature, down from the 6000-6500okay of its predecessor.

On the similar time, the standard of its mild has improved, with a Coloration Rendering Index rating of 95. The Lume Dice 2’s new lens can also be much less liable to scorching spots, and has a wider 80-degree protection, up from its predecessor’s 60-degree beam angle.

This is a view from the rear, with the Lume Dice on its non-compulsory ball head mount atop my private Pentax Ok-3. This mount is a lot better than the essential one included in some kits, because it permits you to purpose the sunshine in virtually any path.

Smarter firmware and new options

The Lume Dice 2.Zero has additionally obtained some sensible updates within the firmware division. Maybe most significantly, it now requires a three-second lengthy press of the facility button to modify on. This ensures that not like its predecessor, it will not change itself on in your digicam bag and drain its battery proper earlier than it is wanted.

The brand new firmware additionally permits brightness to be adjusted in both path utilizing the Lume Dice 2.0’s bodily controls, not like the unique model which may solely improve brightness to its most earlier than looping again round to its minimal brightness setting on the following step.

And a brand new mode accessed with an extended press of each buttons directly permits a a lot narrower 1-10% brightness vary with a extra exact 1% step measurement, somewhat than the complete vary in 10% steps as is the default. It is helpful in the event you’re capturing lengthy exposures however nonetheless want just a bit illumination.

Similar equipment and mounting system, however now it is within the bundle

A wide array of filters and equipment will be hooked up to the Lume Dice 2.Zero utilizing the very same modification body attachment as earlier than, permitting house owners of the unique Lume Dice to improve their lights or add new ones whereas maintaining the remainder of their gear.

All kinds of non-compulsory mounts can be found, together with this spring-loaded smartphone clip ($20) to which I’ve hooked up the ball head and a Lume Dice 2.Zero with bulb diffuser.

The body itself now ships even within the base product bundle together with a pair of warming and lightweight diffusion filters. Every of those makes use of name-brand LEE filter supplies from the corporate’s LED-specific Zircon line. The extent three warming filter drops the colour temperature to 4,500 kelvin, and the diffusion filter is the bottom energy out there.

Extremely moveable but respectable battery life too

The Lume Dice 2.Zero could be very solidly constructed, with not a touch of creak or flex anyplace. It is also impressively small. Even with a modification body hooked up it’d slot in looser pants pockets, and you may simply convey two or three in a jacket pocket and virtually overlook they had been there till you wanted them.

Given the compact measurement and comparatively highly effective output, I used to be actually impressed by battery life, which is a large enchancment on the earlier iteration’s 25 minutes. At 100% brightness, I may handle anyplace from 62 to 90 minutes on a cost, relying on whether or not or not Bluetooth was enabled, assembly the producer spec exactly.

Battery life impresses, and you may cost the lights whereas utilizing them

And by dropping to 50% brightness, I managed a median of three hours, 38 minutes per cost with Bluetooth lively. That completely demolishes not solely the unique Lume Dice’s runtime, but in addition the spec sheet, which guarantees solely 2.5 hours!

I need to say it shocked me that controlling the lights through Bluetooth decreased the battery life as a lot because it did, although. The excellent news is that the Bluetooth radio does finally fall asleep if the sunshine is left inactive for some time. As soon as absolutely asleep, it must be woken again up with a bodily button press earlier than it’s going to reply through Bluetooth once more.

Quick charging requires a quick, fashionable USB-C charger and cable

The one place I did not come close to the producer spec was recharging. Lume Dice’s documentation guarantees round 45-60 minutes for a full cost, however utilizing the equipped USB-C to USB-A cable and all kinds of various chargers able to as much as a most of 18 watts per port, I used to be by no means in a position to recharge in lower than two hours, 49 minutes.

I used three Lume Cubes for this shot. One was unfiltered on a mini-tripod close to the underside entrance of the cage, and one other with bulb diffuser was pointed straight down from a bit above and in entrance of the birds. Lastly, a 3rd was simply out of body proper and, in flip, was aimed to bounce off a small folding reflector simply out of body left.

To get close to the claimed time you may doubtless want a current, high-powered USB-C charger with Energy Supply help, as meant for charging laptops and the like, plus a Energy Supply-compatible USB-C to C cable. Sadly, I have not one to check with myself to substantiate the claimed charging time.

Recharge and use your lights on the similar time

The excellent news is you could cost and use the lights on the similar time in the event you’re inside attain of an influence outlet. This could doubtlessly lengthen run occasions so much, particularly in the event you can change off solely or dial the brightness down considerably whereas establishing and between teams of photographs.

I did simply that whereas working to get the shot of my pet parakeets above, avoiding having to emphasize the birds any greater than was mandatory.

Be aware, although, that it isn’t really helpful to go above brightness degree 80 whereas additionally charging. That is doubtless attributable to warmth considerations, as after prolonged intervals at 100% energy, the Lume Cubes can get uncomfortably scorching to the contact even with out charging on the similar time. (Not sufficient to burn immediately, however sufficient that you simply could not persuade me to carry my finger on it.)

As long as you are not in direct daylight, the Lume Dice 2.Zero is sufficiently vibrant for daytime use at shorter distances. In comparison with the unlit shot (left), a Lume Dice at arm’s size (proper) not solely fills in shadows, however is robust sufficient to solid its personal.

Finest for smaller topics or in decrease ambient mild

The Lume Cubes’ small measurement is nice when it comes to portability, however it comes on the expense of daytime usability. For what they’re, these are fairly highly effective lights however they’re merely no match for full daylight, the place they battle to fill in shadows even at full energy from simply a few ft away.

A small reflector could be a better option right here, utilizing the solar’s personal energy to supply mild the place it is wanted. In full shade and even oblique daylight, although, even only a single Lume Dice could make fairly a noticeable distinction, as long as it may be stored pretty near the topic.

That makes it fairly well-suited to issues like head-and-shoulders portraits, selfies and speaking head video seize, and so forth. And as soon as you’re taking the solar out of the equation, capturing indoors or at night time the Lume Cubes actually shine, in the event you’ll pardon the pun.

This picture required only a single Lume Dice. I positioned the digicam instantly above the money, then put a sheet of glass at a 45-degree angle in between. I bounced the sunshine from a single unfiltered Lume Dice off this, and shielded the topic from direct lighting.

Up subsequent, let’s check out the Lume Dice 2.0’s accent mounting system, and its Android / iOS app expertise, earlier than wrapping up with a last conclusion.

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