One of the major improvements Apple added with the iPhone 5s was to boost its low-light credentials by adding the so-called “True Tone” dual-LED flash, but even though this has undoubtedly enhanced the quality of snaps captured in dark places, there’s always room for improvement. After all, there’s only so much that Apple can do to improve the device itself, and third parties – Olloclip, for example – have regularly demonstrated how the point-and-shoot experience can be stepped up a notch or two. The new Nova iPhone light offers a bigger, more versatile LED light that can be readily configured, and if you’re accustomed to taking snaps at times when light isn’t at a premium, it’s the kind of accessory that you will need in your arsenal.
One of the main limitations of third-party camera accessories for iPhone is that their creators almost always try to integrate the features into some kind of case. This tends to add considerable bulk to a product that always aims to offer a thin, pocketable form factor, and for this reason, iPhone users may overlook a product that would otherwise greatly boost a rear-facing camera’s potential.
Not only is the Nova iPhone light very easy on the eye, but its credit card-like profile means it can be squirrelled away into the wallet at a minute’s notice, and while other such accessories like to chip away at a device’s battery at every opportunity, the wireless nature of the Nova light means that you needn’t worry about conserving any additional power.
Dependent on the lighting mode you’re trying to achieve, the thin, light Nova light can readily be tweaked between full-on, floodlight-like brightness and a more subtle, nonchalant effect. As such, it’s a tad more professional than your average camera accessory, and for less than sixty bucks, it’s at the lower end of the cost scale.
Having already been thrown out on Kickstarter, it is now ready for prime time, and is ready to rock with your iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, 5c or 5s. At $59.99, you can grab it right now by pointing your browser to wantnova.com, and compared with other such peripherals, looks a real bargain.
Check out the video demo below to get an idea how the accessory works.