If you use your smartphone to take photos, you may have noticed that there are a few drawbacks to your snapshots, not the least of which is that most smartphone flashes are terrible. It’s not really their fault; they cram a lot into a small space and as a result there are going to be some sacrifices, such as light quality. Fortunately, for those who take their photography just seriously enough to buy a flash but not seriously enough to buy an actual camera, there’s the iBlazr
The iBlazr, despite sounding like a nice jacket for your iPhone, is actually a set of four LEDs that can be slotted into your phone or tablet’s audio jack. In a nice touch, it has its own independent battery that you can charge by jacking it into a handy USB port; that way, it’s not bleeding your phone dry and you also don’t have to worry about losing flash intensity if your phone is low on juice.
It also includes software that syncs up your iBlazr and your preferred camera apps, both for Android and for iPhone, so you don’t have to worry about the flash being out of sync with your intentions. It even has a constant light mode so you can use it to light up video.
Finally, there’s the construction. For light use, you can get it in white or black plastic to better match your phone, and for heavy use, there’s a nice aluminum construction that’ll take more abuse than plastic. The price is right, as well, with a $39 price point for the plastic and $59 for the aluminum.
In short, if you need a flash to take snapshots on your smartphone, and you do, this looks like the flash to get. Just don’t convince yourself you’re Dan Chung, OK?
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.