GoPro Light Mod Accessory In-Depth Review
Way again when the GoPro Hero eight was once introduced, the corporate additionally introduced a chain of ‘Mods’, err…equipment as the remainder of the sector calls them? In any case, there have been 3 introduced equipment on the time:
1) The Media Mod: This was once necessarily a body across the GoPro that added mic/charging/HDMI/adapter ports, and a integrated shotgun mic
2) The Light Mod: A small gentle that connected to the Media Mod accent, but additionally has a typical GoPro mount too
Three) The Display Mod: A small flip-up selfie display screen to peer your self when capturing. Like DJI’s OSMO Action forward-facing display screen, however approach larger.
Now on the time GoPro introduced those equipment could be to be had ‘later in 2019’, particularly December. Also at the moment, I had a humorous feeling this may be a little of a ‘sliding into home’ kinda factor, for the reason that no longer a unmarried accent was once to be had for any media to take a look at again then. Sure sufficient, a trifling week prior to the tip of the 12 months GoPro delivered on that promise, a minimum of for the Light Mod. The Media Mod gained’t get started delivery until later in January now, and the display screen mod no longer until March 2020. As a temporary imagery refresher, right here’s the 3 mods:
Still, with the Light Mod mod right here now, I figured an ideal fast have a look at it’s profitable. Once the Media Mod hits in January, then it’s profitable to study all of the equipment in combination, since they’re kinda designed to paintings in combination. I began off scripting this publish pondering it’d be like 6 paragraphs and completed. Somehow it ended up longer. Someone one thing that has one button and 4 modes ended up being this lengthy. Sorry-not-sorry.
In any match, right here’s what’s to be had now – the Light Mod. In the field is the small Light itself, a USB-C charging cable, and a GoPro mount adapter:
You’ll to find the USB-C charging port at the facet:
On the ground of the sunshine is a typical cold-shoe adapter:
Which method it suits simply superb on my common cameras, so it’s no longer in point of fact restricted to only GoPro cameras (if truth be told, since maximum cameras have a sizzling/bloodless shoe mount on them through default, one may in truth argue it really works higher on non-GoPro cameras).
Here’s the tiny GoPro mount to cold-shoe adapter plate:
Remember, a chilly shoe method there’s no energy switch between the GoPro/Media Mod, and the Light mod (as opposed to a hot-shoe would have connectivity of a few component). In truth all elements of the GoPro ‘Mod’ ecosystem are self-contained from an influence point of view, and reasonably disappointingly can’t proportion energy. Meaning, when you walked out the door with the Media/Light/Screen mode, you’d must rate 3 other devices together with the GoPro itself (GoPro, Display, Light…the Media Mod is powered through the GoPro).
Now since the GoPro Media Mod isn’t but to be had, I needed to improvise just a little bit to simulate the place it’ll have compatibility in most cases. In some scenarios I simply used electric tape to the highest of the GoPro. But more often than not I used a GoPro Three-Way pole in conjunction with a GoPro Swivel Clamp to get lovely versatile lighting fixtures. Check out the whole video to peer each examples reside.
Within the sunshine there are 4 modes you’ll toggle via, urgent the highest button:
The modes are:
Level 1: Low brightness – 20 lumens (6hrs battery lifestyles)
Level 2: Medium brightness – 60 lumens (2hrs battery lifestyles)
Level Three: High brightness – 125 lumens (1hr battery lifestyles)
Level four: ‘Overdrive Mode’ – 200 lumens for as much as 30 seconds at a time
Strobe: Crazy blinking strobe motion
At first I assumed the strobe surroundings was once a little needless, because it simply blinks like a horrifically blinding motorcycle gentle. But GoPro says it’s for “signaling and visibility” despite the fact that, so I suppose my inebriated motorcycle gentle will not be too a long way off. In any match, the sunshine temp is 5000Ok, which matches out neatly for me and the way I gentle maximum of my movies within – in addition to feels lovely herbal out of doors. The CRI is spec’d at “90+”.
Now, the opposite factor that’s notable is that on my unit, it simplest has 3 ranges (+ Strobe). Which is bizarre. GoPro’s website online lists the degrees as written above as 4 ranges, however as you’ll obviously see in my video, there’s simplest 3. I’ve requested GoPro what the deal-e-o is, however haven’t heard again but.
Speaking of sunshine issues, it additionally features a small silicone diffuser, which, does precisely because the title implies – diffuses the sunshine to make it a little softer, observed under connected to the entrance (and above sitting subsequent to it).
And, the object says it’s water resistant to 10m. I frivolously examined that, however didn’t have time to get the water resistant check chamber totally spun up for this fast publish. Maybe down the street.
Finally, I feel it’s profitable mentioning the most obvious: There are inexpensive non-GoPro lighting, and costlier non-GoPro lighting available in the market. As there at all times is with GoPro equipment. For amusing, I picked the preferred non-GoPro water resistant on Amazon and purchased it. It was once $25, and may be water resistant and has a GoPro mount. It’s way more tough than the GoPro Light Mod, but additionally a long way larger. In the images it seemed smaller than it was once (the images are correct, it’s simply my mind):
They each in truth have slightly same battery lifetimes. It’s additionally designed for heavy underwater use – in order that’s a component of it. Either approach, I level this out simply as a result of there are many choices right here, and I feel the most important benefit of the GoPro gentle is simply that it’s in point of fact rattling small. Whereas if you wish to have a loopy giant gentle equivalent to to light up a big car, it’s no longer in point of fact your only option.
There’s additionally this $25 smaller gentle that I didn’t take a look at, because it wasn’t to be had in my nation final week. It’s were given apparently semi-similar specifications, despite the fact that lacks the integrated cold-shoe mount (it has an adapter however has a typical tripod mount as a substitute). And after I say ‘seemingly similiar’, emphasis at the ‘seemingly’ section, because it lacks precise lumen specifications. In any case – level being there’s different choices available in the market, but it surely’s a little of a trade-off on any of them. Price vs comfort. The same old in point of fact.
With all that lined, let’s have a look at some fast pattern comparisons.
I’ve piled all of those samples right into a easy video right here that you’ll press play on, and in about 10 mins be completed with it. Just the reality, fast and simple.
First up, right here’s a couple of units of 4 photographs in various gentle ranges, taken as stills from a video shot in 4K/30 without a ProTune settings. I’d be capable to eek out a little extra gentle in ProTune through upping the publicity, however for the needs of revealing the sunshine, we’ll simply stay issues easy. The first is out in the street in a slightly darkish space with virtually no side road lighting, with this preliminary set sans-diffuser. The Three-way is held at palms duration, as you in most cases would:
Next, the very same set, this time with the diffuser:
Next, right here’s a excellent instance of including a little of fill gentle to a shot that would possibly had been applicable differently. In this situation I’m status on a working monitor that has its stadium lighting on, however this can be a group monitor – no longer the Olympic Games. As such the lighting fixtures is okay for working or taking part in football/soccer at the inside, however much less perfect for a GoPro. This is at the fringe of the monitor, with out the sunshine, and alternatively with the sunshine on prime with the diffuser (that is all within the video too)
As you’ll see, it indisputably is helping to fill within the bits of darkness, with out totally killing the background imagery.
Finally, to get a little extra action-like for this action-camera, I head out for a journey. Now I in truth determined to head with the shipment motorcycle for a singular reason why: It permits me to gentle the foreground lovely properly in this transferring object – very similar to doing some other sports activities task at night time. Beyond that there’s a small gentle at the entrance of the motorcycle, however truthfully it’s much less tough than the GoPro gentle.
No diffuser on this case, since I wasn’t in point of fact having a look to reduce or melt the sunshine right here. The picture I took above was once underneath some lighting so it is advisable to see the setup, while under is whilst transferring on a depressing side road.
Oh, and in spite of everything, two pictures. I do know those aren’t thrilling – that’s OK. The objective is to turn you the sunshine. The under is a comparability in picture mode between handheld no gentle and handheld gentle.
So there ya have it. Perhaps for my ultimate evaluation with the media mod I’ll get a hold of one thing extra inventive to gentle, however for now I feel this offers you a excellent impact of it.
I’m in truth kinda shocked. I truthfully didn’t be expecting to in point of fact to find a lot worth on this after I first heard about it this previous summer season. The media mod, sure, however much less so the sunshine mod. Mostly as a result of I feel the renders made it seem a lot larger than it in truth is. I pictured one thing the dimensions of all of the GoPro, however in fact it’s tremendous tiny. As such, I feel it will in truth discover a house on the backside of my backpack on journeys. It doesn’t require a different charger, which is a plus, and in the end I believe the Media Mod will most commonly live to tell the tale my GoPro, so it’d duvet the mount side.
We’ll see, however I in truth suppose $49 is an excellent worth for it. Sure, GoPro equipment are at all times a little expensive, however typically the extra complicated ones have a tendency to be price it (much less so for the simplistic extra-parts kind items, or batteries). But on this case I feel they in truth were given the cost proper. So kudos.
With that – stay up for a extra entire Mod evaluation down the street in January or so as soon as GoPro begins delivery the Media Mod bit, which is able to pull the whole thing in combination.
Thanks for studying!