If you’ve used an action camera in the woods, you probably have experienced the camera struggling with rapid changes in lighting. Often cruising through areas of intense sunlight only to dip back into the dark tunnel of the woods, even as cameras improve a little extra light couldn’t hurt.
Following in the footsteps of Knog’s Qudos camera light, Light & Motion is hoping to power up their new Sidekick GoPro light. To be available in two different models, one of the Sidekicks will also be useful as a bicycle light in addition to videography. Light & Motion’s first light for the GoPro will also be their first attempt at a Kickstarter – details on why after the break…
Depending on your point of view, Kickstarter is either the best or the worst thing to happen to product development. In the case of the Sidekick, Light & Motion views crowd sourcing as a way to continue to develop new products, while keeping their manufacturing domestic.
“We want to keep manufacturing in the United States, and successful crowd funding campaigns on Kickstarter may be one way that small entrepreneurial businesses like ours can keep inventing,” said Daniel Emerson, CEO of Light & Motion.
Available in two models, the base level sidekick will feature only a 90 degree flood light. The Sidekick Duo on the other hand will offer the 90 degree flood, plus a 23 degree spot that can be used for illuminating the trail while you’re riding. Both lights use a regulated output for constant illumination up to the full 600 lumens on high power. That figure of 600 lumens makes it the most powerful GoPro light we know of. Designed specifically to work with the GoPro action camera, the Sidekick mounts vertically next to the camera using a threaded attachment for the GoPro thumb screw. Additionally, Light & Motion will offer a Sidekick accessory mount that allows the light to be positioned above the camera.
Built with a sealed 6061-T6 aluminum housing, the black or silver body houses CREE XM-L LEDs for a bright, efficient light. Rechargeable with an external USB cord, the Sidekick has up to a 240 minute run time and will take around 4.5 hours to recharge. During the Kickstarter Campaign, Sidekicks start at $80 for the earlybird version of the silver flood light. The black Duo starts at $110 for the earlybird deal and goes up from there. Light and Motion hopes to raise $50,000 through the campaign.
- Lumen output/Run time
- High: Flood – 600 lumens /60 minutes; Spot – 400 lumens /60 min
- Med: Flood – 300 lumens /120 minutes; Spot – 200 lumens /120 minutes
- Low: Flood – 150 Lumens/ 240 minutes; Spot 100 lumens /240 minutes
- Recharge Time: 4.5 hours
- Weight: 123 grams
- Colors: Black, Silver
- Sidekick: $129
- Sidekick Duo: $149