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Lume Cube 2.0 Review

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Recently Lume Cube released a new version of its popular cube light the Lume Cube 2.0. Lume Cube 2.0 is a powerful light that has a very small form factor and has many new enhancements over the original. I have been using the original cubes since they were released and have been very happy with them except for battery life when using 100% brightness. This has been addressed in version 2.0. Now when shooting at 100% brightness you can get about 1.5 hours usage out of the lights compared to just 25 minutes of the originals. When shooting at 50% power you can get over 2.5 hours. You can also plug the new Lume Cube 2.0 into a power bank via the USB-C port to extend the usage even longer. Speaking of charging as I just mention the new Lume Cube 2.0 now has a USB-C port, this is great as I personally didn’t like having to pack a micro USB cable when traveling just to charge up the old Lume Cubes. The USB-C port is now concealed behind a new rubber flap, the older model had a screw-in cover. The screw-in cover was very inconvienient if you needed to charge your lights in the field or while traveling you had to make sure you had a coin or a screwdriver to remove the cover, the rubber flap/door is a welcome upgrade.

For me, the new USB-C charging ports and longer battery life warranted the upgrade but definitely the are many other new features to sweeten the deal. The CRI has been bumped for 85+/- to 95+/- very important if you’re a professional photographer. They have increased the beam angle for 60 degrees to 80 degrees giving it a wider throw and the newly designed lens eliminates hot spots. There is a new low light mode that allows you to set the light as low as 1% brightness and move up in 1% increments. This a great new feature for those who take long exposure photos, it really gives you full control of the light. The Lume Cube 2.0 now includes a diffuser and warming filter, these are held on magnetically with an included frame. This is fantastic, with the original Lume Cube you had to purchase these types of accessories separately. Lume Cube 2.0 has Bluetooth allowing you to connect to the LumeCube X app. The app allows you to control your light remotely, it also allows you to use the Lume Cube 2.o for flash photography while using the Lume Cube camera app. You can use the Lume Cube 2.0 as a slave flash, with the original Lume Cube, it had to be in the line of sight for the master but now it has 360-degree sensing making it even more versatile.

The Lume Cube retains the same dimensions and weight as Lume Cube 1.0 and is constructed of durable aluminum. The Lume Cube 2.o is compatible with existing Lume Cube mounts such as the Action Camera/GoPro mount and drone mounts. Grab a couple and you have a complete mobile lighting studio in your pocket…just incredible.  Watch our review of the Lume Cube 2.0 on our YouTube channel.

Lume Cube 2.0: https://amzn.to/348BT7B

 

 


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