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Lightstrap is a ring flash for your iPhone

Lightstrap functions as an adjustable ring flash for your iPhone.

Another Kickstarter project is catching our eye this week. The Lightstrap for iPhone 5/5S wants to turn the back of your phone into a ring flash. Commonly used in fashion photography, ring flashes have a tendency to make subjects look very glamorous as the light illuminates all sides of their face.

Available for a $97 Kickstarter donation (if it manages to make its high $245,000 goal), the Lightstrap has six different color temperature settings and promises up to 500 photos or 30 minutes of video from its battery pack. Lightstrap is activated when your iPhone flash goes off, so it can be used with any camera app and doesn't require Bluetooth or wi-fi pairing.

Measuring at 16mm thick and weighing in at 2.5 ounces, the Lightstrap might be a little bulky for some users, but it can also activated away from your phone to create more dynamic off-camera light for any camera.

Lightstrap's manufacturer is confident that it will be able to ship out the product to customers in April of 2014, but we've got a prototype version to play with right now. Check in soon to see our full review of the Lightstrap prototype.


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Sure beats the old cigarette lighters at concerts ........... grin

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I think its great. Will be getting one. Well done DPR for this find.


Say what you want about their claims, but it's a good idea nevertheless. Increasing the flash area and power always helps and it's still the size of a point&shoot.


dpreview. It's become so... pointless.

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Doesn't a ringflash need to circle the lens in order to get the 'glamorous' effect described?

This is just a weak LED light positioned one side of the lens.

Jim Salvas

"ring flashes have a tendency to make subjects look very glamorous as the light illuminates all sides of their face"

Not unless the flash has a bigger diameter than the subject's face. Otherwise, the physics are impossible.

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Lets see, I will bring this ring flash, macro lens, telephoto lens, tripod, WA lens and many more plastic accessories.

Good Lord, I might as well bring a backpack for my iPhony's useless accessories.


Or just bring a proper camera.


I agree in principle, but we all know that is not always a possibility - and this, or something like this is a pretty good compromise and would improve most photographs taken by these things - using this with your point and shoot - if you lowered yourself to use one - would be also be a help...

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