You think your GoPro movies are already pretty awesome but what if you could continue filming well after the sun went down? Australian company Knog, well-known for their bike locks and bike accessories, has taken their high-powered bike light knowledge and applied it to the point of view camera world. Working for years to understand the best type of lighting for use with an action camera, Knog is now ready to release the world’s first ever hi-powered action video light—the Qudos.
Weighing only 150 grams, the Qudos action video light is sleek and compact with a padded case for extra durability. Just like your GoPro, the Qudos is waterproof to 40 meters, as it is built with a marine grade aluminum heat sink and faceplate, polycarbonate lens, and sealed rear battery door.
The Qudos has three different modes so you can control the light spread as well as the brightness of the three high-powered Cree LEDs. The Action Sports setting delivers a wide-angle beam at either 400 lumens on high or 225 lumens on low. The Target Spot mode delivers a more narrow angle beam at 155 lumens on high and 100 lumens on low. Finally, the Ambient mode produces a softer, ultra wide-angle beam at 270 lumens on high and 70 on low.
The long-lasting 1000mAh lithium-polymer battery is rechargeable via micro-USB and spare batteries can be bought separately for those longer adventures. The battery should last from 0.7 – 4 hours depending on mode and lumen level (a battery level indicator alerts you as to how much battery life remains).
The Qudos action video light is compatible with the GoPro Hero3/Hero3+, Sony Action Cam, or any other action camera that works with GoPro conversion mounts. The kit includes a GoPro mounting bracket and two mount screws. An included cold shoe bracket can be used to mount the light on your digital SLR or tripod.
Shipping within the next couple of weeks, the Qudos will retail for $120 and come in either black or white. Knog gave me one to test out so stay tuned for a full review here.
For those of you that would rather take videos with your phone or are desperate to take selfies at night, you will want to check out the Knog Expose iPhone light attachment ($55), due out a couple of months from now.