Kickstarter goal reached, order now for delivery in March 2014
Nova is one of the most exciting projects we’ve seen come out of Kickstarter in recent times. Here at Clove we have a passion for smartphone photography, so naturally we’re keen on products that enhance the photo capabilities of a handset. Nova, therefore, is a perfect match.
What is Nova?
Nova is a portable Bluetooth flash – the size of a credit card – that connects to your phone wirelessly and fits in your wallet. It provides a softer, more natural light than the flash on your smartphone, producing better quality photos that have richer colour and depth.
It’s already reached its funding goal on Kickstarter (the target was $25k, it’s hit $60k with 10 days left to go), so the project is a goer. Free international shipping to anywhere in the world is being offered with Nova (that’s a pretty big deal!), so the prices shown are final. We have made our pledge and will follow up with some demo content once it’s delivered (estimated March 2014).
Visit the Kickstarter page here if you’d like to reserve one for yourself.
But my phone has a flash, why do I need this?
Smartphone photography is progressing at an amazing rate, but low-light shots are still tricky to get right.
By having a separate flash that is not so close to your camera lens and that has adjustable settings, you can create a much better light for your photo.
Typically, due to the effect that it has, it’s best to avoid using a flash when taking photos with your smartphone. It leads to washed out colours and more often that not, at least one person squinting in the photo.
Instead, turning up the exposure and positioning yourself so that the light source shines from behind you is better. This still leads to rather dark photos though, even on handsets such as the HTC One which have a specific focus on low-light technology.
Nova, however, changes this: you’ll no longer need to settle for photos that are too dark, too bright or washed out; and no more closed eyes.
Check out this comparison photo to see the difference that Nova makes.
Compatible with Android and iPhone
Included with the Nova flash is an app that you control with your smartphone. This enables you to set the type of light that you would like for the photo: soft, warm, or brilliant. At the moment there is compatibility for select Android 4.3 devices (Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nexus 7), plus the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S. The Android SDK will be made available shortly after release so it’s likely that there will be compatibility with more handsets.
Shipping March 2014
Nova is estimated to ship in March 2014. The entry-level packages are $54 (~£35) including international shipping.