Up Your Game With The Nova Wireless External LED Flash For iPhone

iPhoneography is no laughing matter. And in fact this moniker has been the inspiration for a burst in camera accessories designed to enhance the way you shoot with your iPhone, namely tripod mounts, wireless shutter controllers, lenses and even light meter adapters. Now it's time to get on-board the "strobist" side of iPhoneography with a new app-enhanced Bluetooth accessory designed to work with the iPhone called Nova. Nova is an impossibly slim, wireless off-camera LED flash that enables you to get creative with how you light your subject using unrestricted angles and distances. Nova is so slim that you'll never have an excuse to leave it behind. Just slip it into your wallet as if it were another one of your credit cards, and bam you've got yourself proper lighting to get that superb shot using your iPhone.

The Nova flash uses 40 bright LEDs diffused by a white plastic diffusion panel resulting in soft, natural looking light on your subject. It's powered by an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery that should give you about 150 flash cycles per full charge and a wireless Bluetooth range of up to 20ft. Using the free Nova iOS app is required at least until other camera apps will support Nova (Android support will soon follow). With the Nova app you'll also be able to control and adjust Nova's brightness intensity as well as how warm or cool you want your light output to be. Nova can be used as a hands-free wireless external flash, meaning that you can place it far away and shoot with your iPhone as it wirelessly triggers the LED flash in sync with the camera.

While we really like the Nova concept, it'll be a while until you can get your hands on the finished product which will be in early 2014. If you don't mind the wait, you can pre-order and secure your very own Nova wireless LED flash at a discounted price over at Kickstarter starting at $49. 

FLASHr Takes LED Flash Alerts To The Next Level


With so many notifications that we get sent to our iPhones, whether they are text messages, phone calls, or emails, it is difficult to keep track of them all. After all, we have better things to do aside from staring at our phones the whole day. If you're the type of person who hates missing an important message or phone call, the LED flash notification feature in the Accessibility section of your iPhone could be a great function you just might want to check out. However, be forewarned, the hard light that the flash gives off is surprisingly bright and annoying. 

Taking all of this into consideration, the creators over at Phaze5 has come up with a genius way to use the LED flash alert feature to their advantage. The FLASHr is a great idea that both protects your iPhone and puts on a pretty awesome light show whenever you get an alert. By reflecting the harsh light from the flash using an aluminum backplate, the FLASHr surrounds itself in a comfortable and colorful glow in an assortment of colors. This will surely catch the attention of not just yourself but everybody around you as well, making sure you won't miss a single notification, even if you wanted to.


Phaze5 is calling out to anybody who is interested in supporting them and this simple and awesome idea through their Kickstarter campaign. Starting at $35, you can choose from a large assortment of Flashr colors and never miss a single alert again. 

iPhone 5 May Have Dual LED Flash

Apple is rumored to incorporate a dual LED flash in the upcoming iPhone 5, a significant upgrade that will improve the lighting performance in photos taken and will help produce much more evenly lit and exposed photos. Past rumors suggested that Apple will be separating the LED flash from the camera module to help reduce "washout" in photos in the upcoming iPhone 5.  

Digitimes - Recent market rumors have indicated that Apple's iPhone 5 is likely to come with a dual-LED flash with Taiwan-based LED packaging firms Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology being pinpointed as potential suppliers. All related companies have denied they are involved in the production of dual-LED flashes.

Nir Schneider