Nova: The Card-Sized Color Temperature-Adjustable Wireless Flash for Your Phone


An external iPhone flash actually made our recent list of 13 photo gadgets we didn’t need, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see the potential of a flash accessory for smartphones. That particular retro-tastic flash didn’t suit our fancy; the new Nova wireless flash, however, has a lot more going for it.


Nova is a credit card-sized, color temperature-adjustable wireless flash that communicates with your smartphone through Bluetooth. In many ways, it’s everything that the unsuccessful Paparazzo Light wasn’t.

It’s extremely portable, it’s going to be compatible with both iOS and Android, it’s wireless, and it allows you to control both the brightness and quality of the light you’re using. Given that it’s just a smartphone flash, the Nova seems to have all the bells and whistles you’ll ever need … and then some.


The Nova consists of 40 LEDs mounted in rows behind a soft white diffusing panel. To use it, you’ll simply open up the free Nova app, use a slider to select the quality of the light you’d like to use, and take the shot.

If you want to get more advanced, the app has you covered there as well. Nova’s advanced mode pulls up a graph that will allow you to select exactly how warm and bright you want your light to be.


Like the Paparazzo Light, Nova is relying on Kickstarter to get the funding it needs to make it to market. Unlike the aforementioned gadget, however, Nova is already fully funded … and with 29 days left to go.

The Nova team wanted to raise $25,000 to get rolling, and they’ve already accrued almost $26,500 from the 511 backers who have already demonstrated an interest in the wireless flash accessory. Here’s the Nova Kickstarter video:

For now, Nova is only iPhone compatible, but Android compatibility for Bluetooth 4.0-capable smartphones is on the way. If you want to learn more or get your own Nova, all you have to do is head over to the Nova website or Kickstarter page and have your credit card ready.

You can pledge anywhere between $1 and $165, depending on the reward you’d like, but the cheapest you’ll get your own pre-assembled Nova for is $55. Assuming everything goes according to plan, pledgers should have their Nova in hand by February.

  • Mike

    Make the smartphone have a sensor as large as it’s screen and you get all my money. And my wife.

  • RMJ

    sell anything to stupid iphoners and you’ll get your 25 grand…

  • pickey

    what’s with the creepy guy laughing by himself in the dark?

  • Jernej Lasič

    “… because better photos light up our lives.”

    Then get a proper camera, not a crap flash for your iphone. geeez…

  • some_dude

    … and then we use filters to make it more artsy

  • Adam Cross

    some people like using their phones, you lot need to get over it, jeez.

  • guest

    It’ll be interesting to watch how comments like the above change over the years as the gap narrows.

  • guest

    *below rather

  • Eric

    Sometimes they make something interesting, like the “lumu” it’s a light meter for smartphone, with all the bells and whistles, plus it’s just the white globe that you plug in your earphone plug. Can’t wait to receive mine.