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A New Way to Light Meter!

By Pye Jirsa on June 19th 2013

Why Lumu?  Why not!


Lumu is new light meter project on Kickstarter, and it looks to be very exciting.  Lumu Labs has successfully tested their prototype light meter and are asking for additional support so that they can mass produce and market the device, which will help bring production and sale costs down.

‘Bringing the Light Meter to the 21st Century’ is the product’s slogan.  The device is unique because it supposedly will be sold for much cheaper than a standard light meter, but more importantly it would give you advanced control and features through the iPhone app.

The device is very small and must connect with the iPhone in order to work.  The Lumu app allows you to take notes, such as if you’re performing tests with filters or in different lighting situations, and is essentially a much more sophisticated photography app and highly accurate light meter.


Do you normally use a light meter and would you consider buying one of these products?  Have you already backed the project?  We’d love to hear your comments below!

Visit Lumu’s Kickstarter.



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  1. Lumu Smartphone Light Meter Gets over 1200% of Target Kickstarter Funding

    […] Lumu light meter (which we first told you about here) is an app and accompanying dome (which you connect via the audio jack) that turns your smartphone […]

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  2. Shai

    Just checked their kickstarter page.
    Looks like android has an app as well.

    It will work on Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. These devices have to run Android 4.1+

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  3. Pixyst

    Did they not get the memo that Android is the predominant mobile OS not only in the US but in the whole world?

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    • Shai

      Android is the dominant device by sheer numbers, but it has been found that iOS users are more likely to spend money on apps and devices. So, in terms of marketing and sales, launching a product for iOS devices first is actually a good plan. Then when the money is flowing, expand to the other operating systems.
      The sdk for ios is also easier to develop for, so for a startup company, I can see why they went this road first.

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  4. Bunzlauerfoto

    Looks nice. Lots of apps that don’t need the attachment. Depends on price and why I need to carry around another piece. Like the desig , though.

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