December 16, 2014

Relio Is a High-Powered Color Accurate LED Light Fixture that Fits in Your Pocket

Relio LED Light
As our cameras get more sensitive, the amount of light we need to properly expose becomes less and less.

It follows that smaller light sources are the way of the future for many of us taking advantage of these powerful new cameras. Of the new wave of compact lighting products that are making their way to market -- the Scorpion Light is a personal favorite -- none is as mind-blowingly minuscule as Relio, a USB-powered LED fixture that features a relatively high output and high CRI values, all in a package that can fit in your pocket.

Here's the Relio launch video:

The Relio light comes in three different models, each with a different color temperature. There are 3000K, 3500K, and 4500K models, each of which outputs roughly 200 lumens of light at a CRI between 92 and 96, which makes the Relio far more color-accurate than many of the inexpensive LED lights on the market today.

Relio LED Light

Additionally, the fact that it is USB powered -- which seems a bit strange at first -- is another major advantage. Obviously it can be powered just by being plugged into a computer, but it can also be plugged into a generic USB wall charger (for phones and tablets and such), or if you really need portability, you can use the wireless power packs that are used to charge electronics on the go. 

While the Relio seems targeted at photographers working on product and macro shots, it will definitely find uses in the filmmaking space as well. Because of its size, the Relio will make a fantastic accent light to get illumination in tight spaces. Because the mount on the Relio is an industry-standard 1/4-20, it can literally be mounted to almost anything.

The Relio will cost you €69 (or roughly $87 depending on the exchange rate), so it's a relatively affordable piece of kit compared to most lighting gear. Unfortunately, it's currently out of stock on the Relio website, but you can sign up to be notified when a new batch is manufactured.     

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Nice, where do I order?

December 17, 2014 at 12:10AM

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Nico
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The size of it is interesting but isn't it a bit expensive compared to a Z96 (without batteries) ?

December 17, 2014 at 4:04AM

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Looks like fun for macros indeed.
CRI and output are very important, but with lighting size does matter as well. The surface and (diffusion of that surface) of the lightsource and the distance to the subject define whether the light is soft or hard.

Having said that, this can certainly add something to any lightkit.

December 17, 2014 at 6:31AM, Edited December 17, 6:31AM

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WalterBrokx
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a tungsten 3200K and daylight 5600K (or 5000K) temperature models would great.
As-is, these 3000K, 3500K and 4500K are odd options for mixed lighting.
granted we can use a color meter and gel to raise/low kelvin but at a loss of light output.

December 18, 2014 at 8:45PM

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Daniel Reed
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Could anyone tell me whether USB sockets built into camera bodies, such as the one on a PMW 500 (primarily used for scene file transfer) is capable of providing power for a light such as this? It would make a nifty toplight alterntive if it were possible.

December 19, 2014 at 7:33AM

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Jack Slater
News Cameraman - BBC
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weird color temperatures, no? I would have expected 3200k and 5600k

December 19, 2014 at 12:57PM

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Peter Staubs
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January 9, 2016 at 4:31AM, Edited January 9, 4:58AM

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Sebastian Dewsbery
Director of Photography
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I backed this as a Kickstarter project last year and, yes, it certainly packs a punch for such a small source. Relio's choice of CT is bizarre. You are obliged to gel with Relio's truly appalling filter system that's retained by a rubber band! Watch video to see how useless this is: https://vimeo.com/150355751. The Relio comes with two lenses - wide and narrow - and changing requires 4 screws to be undone with a tiny Allen key! What is needed is a clip on filter holder with barn doors. Basically, Relio have come to market with a 0.9 beta version; wait a year for the market version to emerge. Also, try contacting Relio after sales and you receive a trained monkey reply.
I also use a Led Lenser 7.2 (with clamp and mini-magic arm) which although not as powerful has an excellent lens which acts as a fresnel. It's cheaper, has internal batteries, focuses and costs less than the Relio.

January 9, 2016 at 4:35AM, Edited January 9, 5:08AM

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Sebastian Dewsbery
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