Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter

Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter

Illuminati Instrument Light and Color Meter

B&H # ILIM100 MFR # IM100
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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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    Illuminati Instrument IM100 Specs

    Meter Type Ambient
    Color Temperature
    Flash Metering Corded
    Measuring Modes Continuous Reading
    Aperture Range f/0.5 to 144
    EV Range -1 to 18 EV
    ISO Range 3 to 409,600
    Shutter Speed Range 1/64,000 to 30 Seconds
    Measuring Range f/1 to 1,000,000 lux / 0.1 to 92,903 fc
    Color Temperature Range 1600 to 20,000K
    Interface 1/8" / 3.5 mm Jack
    Memory Card Slots None
    Tripod Mounting Thread None
    Battery 2 x AAA
    Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth
    Dimensions 3.1 x 2.8 x 1.2" / 78 x 70 x 30 mm (with Dome)
    Weight 2.2 oz / 62.0 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 14.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat Useful I bought this unit to try to balance my various LED lights, especially an Aadyn Jab that has a low color rendition index.  But the meters color temp reading was way off compared to my Red camera.  I double checked the Illuminati meter with a gaffers Sekonic 700 which confirmed the Iluminati was off.  I think that the poor CRI of the light baffled the meters sensor but even the color temp reading of my HMI was off on the meter.  I know preproduction Illuminati meters compared favorably in articles to the Sekonic 700 but...  The foot candle readings were close to my Sekonic 308 so that part is accurate.  It is easier to take a reading with the meter than using a camera.
    Date published: 2019-01-09
    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 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 5 out of 5 by from Great Meter and Fun Too This meter is really cool. It is easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to carry. I have only compared the readings with my Canon 5DM4 metering a gray card so far. It appears to be accurate but I need to check it with regular light meters to verify that. The photographic results seem to be spot on. So far, it seems to do everything I would need in a light meter. It would be nice to have a similar unit for measuring reflected light, particularly with a spot meter capability. There is also the fun factor that really makes this metering process great. Place the meter in the same light that falls on your subject and start using white, gold, and silver reflectors and immediately get feedback on their effect. I did get this unit on sale so that made it even better.
    Date published: 2018-12-31
    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 5 out of 5 by from What took so long... Im a videographer and I cant say enough positive things about this tool. I have used it mainly to scope out places to do interviews. Pros: Light, portable, you can mount it on a tripod, magnetic mount it anywhere, hang it around someone neck. Easy to use with your smartphone to get real time measurements. Cons: it probably would not stand a drop on concrete, and I have not tested it for accuracy yet, but I imagine it would not be far off. All in all, I recommend this for anything that is not super color critical. At this price point, I cant find anything better...
    Date published: 2019-04-03
    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
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