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Kickstarter’s Lumu Light Meter Adds Android Support With 10 Days Left, Photographers Get to It

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Lumu, a light meter for your smartphone that plugs into a headphone jack, had its Kickstarter campaign updated this afternoon to finally include Android support. For the first couple of weeks of its existence, Lumu was an iOS-only accessory, even though it was picking up massive steam by the minute. In fact, we’re only two weeks in and its funding status currently sits at $171,000, with an original goal of just $20K. As you can tell, the Lumu has been an instant hit with early tech adopters. 

So what exactly is Lumu? Again, it’s a light meter for your smartphone that aims to replace the pro equipment a photographer would use. So not only is it portable, but it eliminates the need for an actual light meter, since it’s really nothing more than a ball that sticks into something you already always carry – a phone.

With a light meter attached to your phone along with the Lumu app, one could (in theory) capture light readings for input into a camera prior to snapping a photo. But where Lumu becomes ultra useful is in the app itself. You can save light readings into the cloud for later usage, record voice notes, store locations, and even save photo parameters.

The Lumu team opened up availability for the Android version of its light meter moments ago, so if you get in now, you can grab it for $79 as somewhat of an early bird special. The Lumu is expected to retail at $150, so you are saving almost 50% off of that price.

Photographers, or amateurs looking to take photography more seriously, this is definitely an accessory worth looking at.

Via:  KickStarter

  • Andy

    You gotta be kidding me right? A dedicated Sekonic will get you more for your money. I am a professional photographer and can tell you that unless it can do incident, spot meter (1 degrees), ambient flash; or hell, even flash spot metering, then this whole thing is nothing more than a novelty.

  • imtoomuch

    Yeah let’s support something that treats Android as a second rate phone. Android was “finally” added. Good luck getting updates for Android once they sucker you in. Screw the iHipsters.

    • jose

      It’s not that simple for Android phones. Here’s what they said on Facebook:

      “Headphone jack power output of some Androids is only one tenth of what Lumu needs.We are working on that, it can’t be done very fast, as we have to change some basic concepts in our electronics and make sure everything works without problems. Thanks”

  • Liderc

    Feel like this is such a niche product. Like the majority of commenters, they think it’s for your phone’s camera, which is probably what I bet a majority of people who signed up think it’s for lol. It’s just something not needed unless you’re doing professional photography, when you’d already have a light meter. Looks cool, just somewhat pointless.

  • Don’t DSLR’s already have a light meter built in? easily use aperture priority mode or manual mode with auto iso

  • Duncan Manning

    For fun maybe, but I honestly use a slew of Android apps already available that use the light sensor in the phone to determine exposure. Tested against my Sekonic and the results from my phone already impress. I’m still brining my Sekonic to real jobs and don’t need to pay more for a Square Card Reader looking thing that doesn’t do much better than my phone.

  • moew

    I have dedicated light meters, why would I want to get my phone involved in the workflow/process?

    Just buy a dedicated meter, and go to town. Leave your phone out of the metering game.

  • LjHe80

    Most dslr’s have very advanced metering systems, that let you determine your correct exposure.
    This would be a cool tool to start out with to learn how to manually control your camera.

  • theterrorwrist

    I won’t lie, when i saw that this was only for iOS a couple of weeks ago…i was jelly. lol I’m in!

  • dadllum

    If it will communicate with my Samsung Galaxy NX (or any other connected camera) and set/adjust my camera settings automatically from the meter… then maybe they’re on to something. If it’s JUST a light meter, I don’t see the appeal.

    • S_T_R

      Your camera already has that built in. It’s called “auto” or “program” mode.

  • Flyinion

    “Lumu works with Apple’s iOS 5.0+ devices. Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. With Android 4.1+”

    Apparently if you don’t have one of 3 specific Android devices though you’re out of luck?

    • jose

      Here’s what they said on Facebook about Android phones:

      “Headphone jack power output of some Androids is only one tenth of what Lumu needs.We are working on that, it can’t be done very fast, as we have to change some basic concepts in our electronics and make sure everything works without problems. Thanks”

  • TheCheapGamer

    Horrible new age hipster commercial.
    Neat product, looks like it wont work with cases though

  • TylerChappell

    Really? $79-$150 for this? This is just stupid, nobody who actually cares enough about photography would be using their smartphone to take a photo rather than a DSLR. I feel sorry for all of the people who buy this only to use it on a few very rare occasions. Maybe all of those amateur journalists from that News company in Chicago who laid off their 28 photographers because they were switching to using the iPhone only will find this useful, but to most people, this is just pretty much laughable.
    It’s a freaking smartphone people, not happy with how your photo turned out? Take 5 seconds to adjust the EV or ISO settings and try again. Sheesh.

    • TheCheapGamer

      Looks like the hipster is carrying an SLR though. (Film)
      Since they probably dont know how to actually use it, they require this product.

    • JDub

      It’s not for making your phone take better pics. It’s so you can use it to measure light intensity so you can manually change your DSLR settings to take better pics.

      • TylerCameron

        dSLRs have their own light meters.

        • Sam Yun

          There’s two types of light meters. Incident and reflective. Incident meters read the light from the POV of the subject, reflective reads the light reflecting off of the subject (aimed at the subject). DSLRs and all other cameras use reflective. It’s inferior to incident meters.

        • Jim

          The light meters on a dSLR is only good for ambient reflective light… it doesn’t help for flash or incident light.

        • jose

          The Tylers are full of stupid this day.

    • jose

      You know what’s really stupid? People who comment on something without having a freaking clue what they’re talking about. This isn’t for your phone you idiot. You don’t use this to take pics on your smart phone. This is a light meter, that is used in conjunction with a REAL camera.

      Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Sekonic-L-758DR-Light-Meter-Black/dp/B000L9M2LU/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1372720084&sr=1-3&keywords=light+meter+sekonic

    • Pedro

      Uhm, it’s a light meter you use to setup the DSLR you’ve got.

      It has nothing to do with taking a picture with your smartphone. Perhaps you commented before actually gathering facts. That’s cool. it happens.

      But maybe you should gather at least one fact before hopping on that high horse.

    • Who said anything about using the phone to take the picture? It’s about not having to carry a separate light meter FOR your DSLR.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Lol you typed so much for nothing.

    • Nick V

      I guess Hooked of Phonics DID NOT work for you!

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  • n900mixalot

    Ugh, gag. With the patronizing sesame street music. Why do great products (such as this one) have to be destroyed by this crunchy, lovey-dovey “get to know us, we’re hipsters just like you” taint they keep throwing around?

    Brown is a fab color, but a terrible personality.

    • Margaret J. Ngo

      as Gregory implied I can’t
      believe that anybody can get paid $4381 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you see
      this link w­w­w.D­A­Y3­7.c­o­m


      because android users are hipsters

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    This looks awkward with the headphone jack on the bottom.

    • philnolan3d

      Turn your device upside down.

    • Not Apple’s best move….


        just another samsung drone repeating advertising puns. sad really.

        • Just another pathetic troll trying to get attention. Annoying really.