Asus Lolliflash Review
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Good build quality
- Handy for taking selfies
- Have to carry filters with the flash.
- Snap on filters would have been a better idea
When Asus launched the Asus Zenfone 2, they announced some rather interesting accessories like interchangeable cases, powerbanks and the innovative Lolliflash. We got our hands on one of these little toys and decided to take it for a test drive.
If you take a lot of selfies, often end up with dark images due to lack of lighting and don’t want to spend ridiculous amount of money on the Casio EX-TR35, then this is the option for you. Why would I mention only selfies? Why not macro photography or even potraits using the rear camera? Because that is what the Lolliflash is designed for. As for the other use cases, you may want to look into Asus Zenflash that features a Xenon bulb. As for the Lolliflash, we have dual LEDs with different tones, much like you find in some of the high end smartphone’s rear camera flashes.
Using the Lolliflash is rather straightforward. Opening up the box, you are presented with the flash itself, three different rubber filters and the manual. You can charge the Lolliflash using your micro USB cable (not included). It has three levels of brightness intensities that will blind you if you are using it for a selfie, well before you hit the shutter button on your smartphone.
But there is a solution for that. There are three different filters provided with the Lolliflash. These are in white, blue and pink. All you need to do is just put on the filters on the Lolliflash, and you will immediately reduce the blinding effect, not to forget red-eye effects too. The Lolliflash fits right into your 3.5mm headphone jack so you do not have to hold it while taking the picture. One way it wins over flash is that you can review the image that you are taking, live rather than waiting for the result after shutter.
I’ve done a small test of the filters to see the difference between the images. I used maximum intensity of the Lolliflash and pointed it at a yellow object to identify the light reflection and absorption. The white filter seem to work like a “cloudy” white balance effect, while the blue and pink resulted like incandescent and fluorescent white balance effects respectively.
So, the Lolliflash is rather useful, but where does it fail? First of all, the filters are made of rubber and they look weird when fitted on the flash head. With a bit rough usage, the filters can come off pretty easily. I think snap on types made of plastic would have been nicer, but I would doubt the outcome of the light. Secondly, if you want to carry the Lolliflash along with you, you need to carry 3 filters along with it. You can’t just chuck them into our bags or they would get dirty and worse, torn. Perhaps Asus could have made a kind of compartment behind the head of the flash for storing the filters (they do speak innovation all the time, don’t they?) or maybe provide a simple carry case or pouch for the lolliflash. I’ve been carrying it for a few days now in the box that it came with wondering how am I going to solve this problem. Then again, I’m not really photogenic enough to take selfies, so this probably won’t always be in my messenger bag.
Pokdepinion: The Lolliflash is a handy tool if you have always needed front camera lighting. I believe most of the users are going to have problems with carrying all the filters together with the flash. Otherwise, SuperMommy is already eyeing this toy right now.