It’s hard to overstate my love of the Paparazzo light, despite the fact that I have never touched or even seen one outside of the photos on its Kickstarter page. Maybe it's the idea I like so much: it's an old-style flashgun which pumps out a ridiculous 300 lumens of subject-petrifying light whilst making you look like and old-school newspaperman.
The styling is 100% retro, but the LED tech, the lithium CR123 batteries (x2) and the iPhone 30-pin dock connector integration are all modern-day.
Unlike most camera flashes, the Paparazzo Light will cost just $49. It also comes with modes for stills and video, and you can dial the intensity from 0 to 100%. It even has a tripod socket.
How does the iPhone trigger the lamp? The light talks to a companion app through the dock connector, although I guess that you could use any app if the light is in continuous video mode.
The project launched yesterday, so you’ll have a while to wait if you sign up. On the other hand, the makers are prepared to switch up the design when the next iPhone ships, so you don’t need to worry about obsolescence – unless the new iPhone has a built-in flashgun, I guess.