Australian bike accessory brand knog officially announced their [qudos] action camera light today, targeting the massive action video market. If you have ever filmed video at night with an action cam, the chances are that the footage was unusable, just a bright hotspot surrounded by darkness. The [qudos] serves this thrill-seeking audience as knog CEO Hugo Davidson explains, “we want to highlight those people who do crazy, adventurous, interesting things at night. Hence the name – we want to give people the kudos they deserve.”
GoPro cameras (including GoPro 2, Hero3 and Hero3+) can be seamlessly coupled with the [qudos], as well as the Sony Action Cam and any camera that has GoPro compatible mounts. There are three light modes, a wide-angle (Action Sports) up to 400 lumens, a narrow angle (Target Spot) with up to 175 lumens, and an ultra wide angle (Ambient) up to 270 lumens. Depending on the angle (light mode) and light power, the run-time is between 40 minutes (Action Sport wide angle at 400 lumens) and 4 hours 20 minutes (Ambient ultra-wide angle at 70 lumens). Knog note that the beam angle is 72° for the wide beam and 45° for the narrow beam.
The [qudos] light incorporates three XB-D CREE LEDs and the rechargeable lithium polymer battery takes 5-6 hours to charge. It comes with the GoPro compatible action camera mount bracket and hardware, but also a Cold Shoe tripod adapter so that it can be used with DSLR camera. One of the exciting features is that it is waterproof to run in depths up to 40 metres, which will make it an awesome accessory for surfers and divers.
The [qudos] is due in stores in Australian from mid August and will retail for $149. The big question now is, how well does it work? At BNA we look forward to finding out and the review unit is due in any moment.