JOBY Beamo (and Beamo Mini) review

With the Joby Beamo you can light up a gloomy location with a portable compact LED that really packs a punch

Joby Beamo
(Image: © George Cairns)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The JOBY Beamo LED can dramatically improve picture quality in low light locations. Its compact form means it doesn’t hog space in your kit bag and in conjunction with the free MY JOBY app you can program a collection of Beamo LEDs to instantly produce lighting set-ups (such as the classic three point lighting). The Beamo will benefit both videographers and photographers without blowing their budget.


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    Strong diffuse light source

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    Programmable via app

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    Can operate manually

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    Wireless charging


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    Diffuser can easily fall off

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The Joby Beamo is a modern solution to a modern problem! Today's cameras and smartphones are pretty good at shooting stills and clips in low light, but the results can sometimes look disappointing. A high ISO setting will make a camera more sensitive to light but it can add ugly digital noise to your footage. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.