Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter

Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter

Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter

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Product Highlights

  • Incident Metering for Ambient & Flash
  • Exposure Metering Range: -1 to 18 EV
  • ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture Variables
  • Corded or Wireless Flash Metering
  • Color Temperature Metering: 1600-20,000K
  • Wireless Connectivity via Bluetooth LE
  • Dedicated iOS and Android App Interface
  • Approx. 78.75' Wireless Range
  • Can Use Multiple Meters Simultaneously
  • Magnetic-Mounted Accessories
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Illuminati Instrument IM100 overview

  • 1Description

An all-in-one meter that is both compact and convenient, the Illuminati Light and Color Meter is a unique tool for measuring both exposure and color as well as both ambient and strobe lighting. Beyond its metering capabilities, this meter distinguishes itself with Bluetooth connectivity along with a dedicated Illuminati app for complete control over the meter from your iOS or Android mobile device. This smartphone-based interface offers simple and intuitive control over the meter's functions, display exposure and color measurements, and also lets you simultaneously work with multiple meters for measuring lighting ratios or taking more exacting readings for highly controlled lighting situations.

Complementing the distinct interface and wireless connectivity is a clever physical design that maximizes mounting versatility. In line with the wireless, smartphone-based operation of the meter, the meter is also designed for remote use and allows you to attach it to a stand using the 1/4"-20 mount; hang from a lanyard or strap; or attach to a variety of surfaces using the rear rare-earth magnet in conjunction with the included magnetic accessories. The meter's construction is also characterized by its spring-loaded retractable dome, compact triangular shape, integrated RGB LEDs for on-meter status alerts, and a 3.5mm jack for wired flash triggering.

Light and Flash Meter
  • Incident metering for both ambient light and flash
  • Exposure metering range from -1 EV to 18 EV
  • ISO, shutter speed, and aperture variable adjustment
  • Cine mode allows you to measure in shutter angles, f/stops, ISO, and frame rate (fps)
  • Wireless flash metering is possible using the automatic pre-flash rejection
  • Wired flash metering can be performed using the 3.5mm jack
  • When multiple meters are in use, lighting ratios can be measured and the difference can be displayed in f/stops
  • Strobe-to-total ratio can be measured, which accounts for how much of the total light reading comes from the strobe source
  • Up to 15 different programmable alarm notifications can be set to warn you when lighting conditions change or differ outside of the initial metering
  • Automatic comparisons can be made from one or multiple meters and alarms can be set for when color changes, color mismatch, or changes to relative brightness occur
  • Continuous Mode lets you review changes in lighting in real time, allowing you to stand behind the lights and adjust them while reviewing the changes on your mobile device or confirming via the LEDs on the meters themselves
  • Multiple meters can be configured in an array to check for consistent and even lighting on a background, such as when using a green screen to ensure proper lighting for seamless masking
Color Meter
  • Ambient and strobe color metering range from 1600-20,000K
  • Both color temperature and chromaticity can be measured to suit various types of lighting
  • Color temperature reading can display both ambient and strobe readings independently, and a slider can be used to set the target color temperature with the difference in mired color shift displayed
  • Chromaticity plot shows the exact color coordinates of both ambient and strobe lighting in the CIE XYZ gamut, which incorporates a gamut indicator area for the sRGB color space. In addition to showing color temperature, this plot also highlights the magenta-green color shift between lights
  • Multiple meters can measure various sources in a scene to detect mixed lighting scenarios
  • Gel Mode is available in the app for choosing the appropriate lighting gel to match the prevailing color temperature
Wireless Connectivity and Illuminati App
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0) allows you to wirelessly connect your iOS or Android device to the meter for operation
  • Illuminati app is compatible with Apple mobile devices running iOS 8.1 or higher, or Android mobile devices running Jelly Bean 4.3 or higher
  • Bluetooth connection provides an operating range of approximately 78.7'
  • Multiple meters can be managed from the same interface and their measurements can be compared or averaged
  • Meter readings can be triggered from the mobile device app, from a smartwatch, from the button located directly on the meter, or while working in continuous ambient metering mode
  • 3.5mm jack is available for wired flash triggering
  • Spring-loaded retractable dome toggles up and down, similar to a ballpoint pen. The dome should be up for metering people, 3D objects, or multiple light sources; the dome should be down for metering flat objects or single light sources; and the dome will also retract into the meter body as a safety feature to prevent cracking
  • RGB status indicator LEDs are located on the front face of the meter and display battery warnings, Bluetooth connection status, and user-programmable light and color level alarms
  • Alarms can be set to monitor various parameters, including ambient/strobe light level, ambient/strobe color temperature, or ambient/strobe chromaticity coordinates (X or Y), with the ability to have an alarm when the upper or lower limit has been passed, when a metering is within a range, when a metering is outside of a range, or when a metering changes by a specified number of stops in brightness
  • Two AAA batteries are used as the power source and provide and approximate six-month lifespan under normal use
  • Firmware updates can be performed wirelessly in order to add future features or bug fixes
  • In addition to simply being held, the meter can also be mounted using the incorporated 1/4"-20 tripod mount, holes for a lanyard or strap, or the rear rare-earth magnet
  • Included Offset Finger T magnetic holder connects to the rear magnet and protrudes from the back, allowing you to hold the meter between two fingers. It can also be used as a kickstand for propping the meter up on a flat surface and its offset design lets you adjust the standing angle from 90-45°
  • Included Alligator Clip magnetic holder lets you clip the meter to collars, ties, shirts, or other clothing, as well as cords, straps, or other fabric
UPC: 867844000401
In the Box
Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter
  • Offset Finger T Magnetic Holder
  • Alligator Clip Magnetic Holder
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Hardshell Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Illuminati Instrument IM100 specs

    Type Incident meter for ambient, flash, and color
    Exposure Metering Range 1 to 1,000,000 lux
    -1 to 18 EV
    Settings ISO: 3 to 409600
    Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/64,000 sec
    Aperture: f/0.5 to f/144
    Color Temperature 1600 to 20,000K
    Metering Modes Ambient: Manual or continuous monitoring
    Flash with sync cord
    Wireless flash with pre-flash rejection
    Flash Sync Outlet 1/8" / 3.5 mm jack
    Operating Range Approx. 78.75' / 24 m
    Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE)
    Supported Devices Apple devices running iOS 8.1 or higher
    Android devices running 4.3 or higher
    Power 2 x AAA batteries
    Dimensions 3.1 x 2.8 x 1.2" / 78 x 70 x 30 mm (including dome)
    Weight 2.2 oz / 62 g (with batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 4.1 x 1.7"

    Illuminati Instrument IM100 reviews

    Light and Color Meter is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought it for the Color Temperature Meter functionality. Bought this to use while shooting for SXSW during the conference.� The conference rooms at the convention center have horrible ugly lighting.� I wanted a more accurate white balance than 'Auto' has provided in the past and this did the job.� I checked the readings against the meters used by the SXSW Video Crew and it was within 100 degrees Kelvin of what they were setting their gear to.� Close enough for me.� For still photos, the shutter / ISO / aperture settings needed some adjustment in the app but it was minimal and once fixed was rock solid.� The recent firmware update took a little assistance from tech support via Facebook but that too was simple to perform.� Attached to a lanyard and wore it around my neck with my credentials.� Got a lot of looks and asks since it was flashing like some crazy Deathly Hollows pendant.
    Date published: 2018-04-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not ready for Prime Time After 20+ years of purchasing from B&H� this is the first thing I've ever had to return. I had such high hopes for this and as a prolific flash and ambient light mix shooter, I so wanted it to work. Unfortunately mine would not meter flash (which is why I bought it) and the app is still in beta and frankly completely non-intuitive and buggy.� I was constantly notified of a Firmware upgrade, only to perform the upgrade and then it tell me the same upgrade is available. I couldn't even connect it via bluetooth for the first day, and I tried multiple devices.� Maybe it was just my copy but I notice another reviewer couldn't meter flash so to me that indicated this thing has gone to market way too early. When it did connect it would constant drop the connection for no reason and also when it didn't drop the connection it would just stop metering even the ambient light. I really hope they sort out their bugs in the app and product because if they can nail the UI then this will be a great product. It has so much potential.�� I've returned mine. Disappointed..
    Date published: 2018-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little light Meter! I support them on Kickstarter.� Great for video shooters. They still work on the app and I think they will make some great stuff out of it.� My copy still didn't�get a flash metering�working but it will be fixed with firmware�updates. It will take some time. Great for checking white balance/exposure�for video.� Works on 2 AAAs. IOS/Android.� If you are shooting on film 35 definitely�helpful to meter ambiance light.
    Date published: 2018-03-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Most functions don't work. I really wanted to like this, but I can't get most functions to work. It does seem to give accurate readings for the color temperature and exposure of ambient light, but I haven't been able to get it to react to my strobes. It doesn't read their color temperature, and doesn't give me accurate exposure readings. I'm hoping they'll get the software bugs worked out.
    Date published: 2018-10-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good idea, but doesn't work Bought this to avoid paying for a color meter. Compared it to a friend's sekonic meter, unfortunately it was about 100 kelvin off and green and magenta pollution readings were way off. I also compared the light meter to my sekonic 858 and it was off by a stop or more. It sounds like a great idea, but it is not accurate at all. Maybe the next one.
    Date published: 2018-09-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but could be better Overall it seems to measure color temperature. I can't tell how accurate it is because I don't have a separate way to confirm but colors seem true in post using my calibrated monitor. One thing that does not seem to be working is the alarm feature. I planned on using this to shoot outdoor sports where the color temperature changes as the sun goes down and the stadium lights play a better role. I thought I would set an alarm to let me know when the color temp was out of the range I set (e.g. 5600K +/- 200K) but I am unable to set the alarm. Specifically the buttons appear to not work consistnatly to save the alarm. The manual is very small as others have pointed out so it is of no help. One area for improvement - the app/deviance does not seem to use the iPhone "notification" system even though it is available in the notification menus in the general app on the iPhone. It would be nice if the alarm on the app, once triggered, would use the notification feature to let your phone know which could send alerts to an Apple Watch, vibrate, etc so let you know alarm has been triggered.
    Date published: 2018-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent instrument for a great price I learned about this meter from a YouTube video by J.P. Morgan, and his recommendation let me to jump on its second Indiegogo campaigns (I normally avoid doing so). I had missed the original Kickstarter and first Indiegogo campaigns, and that put me near the bottom of the list, which meant I didn't get the best price, but also I missed on initial bugs. My unit has worked flawlessly since I received it, and while the app still needs some enhancements, it suits my needs quite well. I do real estate photography, and to manage the challenge of mixed lighting and color casting, I use X-Rite i1Display and ColorChecker Passport. While that helps a lot, I still encounter white balance issues. Now I use the illuminati meter to take an average color reading in each room and area that I photograph and write that down in my log. Whenever I encounter color difficulties during post, I use my notes to dial in the white balance and voila, problems solved. I also do some portraiture, and the meter comes quite in handy for that as well. Version 0.3.1 solved the strobe/ambient metering issues some have noted.
    Date published: 2018-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I order a lot of gear from B&H, and I don't review products nearly as often as I should. However, I wanted to be certain to review the Illuminati Light and Color Meter. I love this device, and I consider it to be one of the best purchases I've made this year. To be clear: I use this for video production, not flash photography. I travel to different locations with varying degrees of environmental control, and I'm constantly finding myself in situations with weird lighting. Daylight mixing with house lighting, etc. Beyond that, I typically shoot with multiple cameras and my personal light kit. The Illuminati Light and Color Meter allows me to quickly take accurate color readings so that I know what my starting point is. It's possible these readings are off by small increments, but they are close enough for my purposes. This allows me to easily adjust my kit lights to the existing temperature, then set all my cameras to match. For me, this is quicker and more accurate than alternatives (like individually white-balancing each camera). Since acquiring this device, I spend nearly zero time in post color-correcting because I now get it right in-camera. The app is great, the device works, it's hundreds less than other meters, and I hope the Illuminati company sticks around and continues to develop new products.
    Date published: 2018-06-13
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