Joby Beamo Reel Color LED review

Add a touch of color to your location portraits with this lightweight and highly portable LED

Joby Beamo Reel Color LED lighting a model
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This lightweight LED won’t bust your budget or hog space in your kit bag, but it will add some ‘modeling’ to give your portraits a more three-dimensional look. It can also change the atmosphere of a shot thanks to a range of color gel effects. Coupled with a GorillaPod tripod (sold separately) you can say goodbye to boring flat-lit portraits.


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    Affordable light source

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    Internal battery powered

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    Light, compact, and portable

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    Tripod and camera cold-shoe mount

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    Emits creative colors and classic color temperatures


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    Needs to be in close proximity to its subject

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    Claims 12 colors but really they are variations of 4

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Joby produces a wide range of portable and affordable LED lights such as the Joby Beamo (see our review). You can use these little Beamo LEDs to add extra illumination to your video productions or portrait shoots. 

This extra light source enables your camera to use a slower and therefore less noisy ISO setting, leading to a better-looking image. A portable light source can also add some light and shade to a face which helps bring out (or ‘model’) the subject’s contours in a more three-dimensional way.  

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ContentsBeamo Light, cold shoe adapter, USB-A to USB-C Cable
LUX (at .5m)250
Mounting methods1/4”-20 tripod mount, cold shoe mount
Beam Angle60°
MaterialAluminium, ABS Plastic, TPU
Battery Life3 hours on max brightness
Size7 x 5 x 7 cm
Weight0.8 Kg

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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.