Ra vs. Headlamp Photo Shootout
To show the power of Ra we tested it against a range of headlamps.
Each light source was worn 35 ft. away from the campground. The camera was set on manual and kept on the same exposure for all the photos.
The first photo is lit only by the Torch. It does a really nice job of illuminating the campground, even from 35 ft. away. Notice the warm glow of the light, and the even spread of light across all surfaces. If this photo was panoramic in nature you would be able to see even more areas Ra lights up that we were not able to capture in a this 16x9 frame. You can see a number of items stuck in the snow behind the tent and tell how many limbs are on the trees.
The next light we compared was the best headlamp our team found at our big box outdoor retailer. We found this light to be the gold standard amongst many outdoor enthusiast we spoke with. You see that it does a really decent job of lighting up a bright blue spot on the tent but not much else.
The next light we compared is the little brother of the one above, with half the lumen rating you see the same area but only half as bright. Notice that the trees are now gone.
Our mid-grade headlamp of choice demonstrates how important optics are. With a claimed lumen rating of only 18 below the good headlamp you see a substantial difference. You did pack up your gear while the sun was still up right? Wait, I think I see one of your skii's behind the tent.
In a pinch you could use the light below, with an overcast sky and no moon to light your way certainly some light is better than no light?
Relaunching the Torch™ on Kickstarter Spring 2016
Torch vs. Lantern Photo Shootout
To show just how powerful the Zyntony Torch can be, we decided to run a little experiment comparing the Torch against four popular lanterns.
Each light source was hung 55 ft. away from the playhouse. The camera was set on manual and kept on the same exposure for all the photos. To prove that the camera's exposure wasn't tampered with between photos, keep an eye on the light shining through the neighbor's windows. It remains consistent from image to image.
This first photo of the pay set is lit only by the Torch. It does a really nice job of illuminating the backyard, even from 55 ft. away. Notice the warm glow of the light, and the even spread of light across all surfaces. You can pick out the details in the sandbox toys, or count individual leaves on the trees. We even lit up the side of the house next door!
The next light we tested is a dual-mantle white gas lantern. This classic car camping light is the standard to beat. Considering the distance between the lantern and the playhouse, it actually does a pretty good job of throwing light across the yard. But it's a far cry from the amount of light put out by the Torch.
Next up: a 1,000-lumen LED lantern. (For comparison, the Torch can put out up to 4 times that much.) Does it measure up? Although you can still make out the sandbox toys and the playhouse, the yard seems pretty dark. Notice the bluish hue of the light cast by the LEDs.
The next light in the lineup is a dual-tube fluorescent lantern. Although it might look like the sort of lantern that would put out a lot of light, it leaves most of the yard in near darkness. The playhouse is pretty much black in this photo. Notice the barely-illuminated edges of the slide.
Now for the final light, a 100-lumen LED lantern. Can you notice anything? We assure you that the lantern is turned on. Now the only visible light in the photo is the light from the neighbor's house. If you look very closely you might be able see the yellow plastic of the sandbox toys. Anything else is practically impossible to make out.
This experiment was really exciting for us. We definitely designed the Torch to be very bright, but the output and the quality of light pleasantly exceeded our own expectations!