The Luxi incident light meter for iPhone has arrived on Kickstarter and is looking for funding to help it to get into mass production. The Luxi is a clip on accessory for your iPhone that when working alongside a companion app becomes a professional grade incident light meter which helps you to take awesome pictures with your DSLR camera.
Luxi is a small diffusion dome that fits securely over your iPhone’s front-facing camera. When attached and used with a light meter app, Luxi will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures. With Luxi, your iPhone becomes a convenient and easy to use incident light meter. Professional light meters with the same features can cost several hundred dollars and require you to carry a whole separate device.
Incident light meters, like Luxi, measure the amount of light falling on the subject you are photographing, not the light reflected by the subject. Incident light meter readings are independent of the subject's reflectance and cannot be fooled by tricky lighting situations like back-lit subjects (e.g. sunset portraits).
The Luxi has been compared with many high end hand held light meters that cost hundreds of dollars and according to the developers, it stands up against them all with similar results. If you fancy picking one of these up as early as possible, should they make it into production; you can back the project through its Kickstarter page. Pledges starting from just $14 will get you one of the first off the line including free shipping across the U.S. The project is already over its rather small target of $10,000 and currently sits at just over $12,500 with 44 days of the campaign still to run.
Photographers, what do you think of the Luxi incident light meter for iPhone? Could you see yourself using a product like this?