Update: Funding for Lightstrap has been cancelled.
If you use your iPhone to take photos, you’ve probably been frustrated by the iPhone’s poor low light capabilities before. Despite having a flash it is not very strong and tends to produce pretty unflattering images if used up close. Just ask anyone who’s tried to snap a photograph using their iPhone outdoors at night or in a dimly lit bar.
Help is at hand, though, in the form of an iPhone case from Brick & Pixel. Brick & Pixel’s new iPhone case, the Lightstrap, doubles as a flash and video light for the iPhone 5 and 5s.
It’s 10 times brighter than the standard iPhone 5 flash, but also provides softer, more flattering light for low-light photography. And the best part? You don’t even have to trigger it separately, as it detects when your iPhone’s built in flash lights up.
What Is Lightstrap?
Lightstrap has a diffused array of LED lights that are arranged to mimic the ring flashes used by studio and fashion photographers. Ring flashes distribute light more evenly and softly, resulting in more natural flash photography, but without the harsh shadows and red eyes commonly associated with on-camera flash.
Lightstrap offers you control over the brightness and color temperature of the LEDs, offering 7 levels of brightness and 6 different color temperatures, making it perfect for almost any situation you might find yourself in.
Lightstrap has its own built-in 1000mAh battery, so it won’t drain your iPhone’s battery. The manufacturer claims that the battery is good for over 500 flashes or 30 minutes of video lighting, and will hold its charge for months if unused. The battery charges via a micro USB adapter.
Here are a couple more examples of the difference Lightstrap will make for your low-light photography:
Lightstrap is currently being funded via Kickstarter. An $87 pledge will get you a Lightstrap in the United States, although this is only for the first 450 backers. After this early adopter tier has been depleted, you’ll have to pledge $97 to get your Lightstrap.
If you’re outside of the United States, you’ll just need to add $20 for shipping. If it’s funded, you should receive your Lightstrap before or by April 2014.