New KEKS KM02 OLED and KM-Q light meters just clip straight on your camera's hotshoe!

(Image credit: Capix/KEKS)

Maybe you’re using an old film camera that doesn’t have a working (or reliable) light meter, or maybe you’re into manual exposure control and want to step back from the nannying complexity of your camera’s built in exposure system. Either way, these two hotshoe-mounted light meters combine vintage style with some modern benefits. Some of the best film cameras don't even have light meters.

The point of external light meters is that they encourage you to think differently about exposure and how to measure it. They can tell you what the light levels are independently of the camera and you can choose how you interpret them and the exposure settings you choose on the camera. Check out our guide to the best handheld light meters to see what else is around.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at