This new little light is a fantastic tool for new photographers and others. The AOI Q1 underwater compact strobe has a built-in 700-lumen continuous light with three power settings. It can be used for macro photography, as a focus light, as well as a dive torch.
The flash also offers a modeling blink-light function, which fires a short burst of flashes to help users aim and position the strobe as desired (especially useful when using a snoot). The strobe has a non-removable ball arm and comes with a diffuser, which provides a beam angle of 85°.
The control panel of the UCS-Q1 is kept simple with just two buttons and a single knob. The knob controls the power setting; the maximum brightness is at number 7 or the equivalent of Guide Number 22. Keeping the strobe to only manual function means that when used with an automatic compact camera, it is easy to obtain the desired the brightness. Just adjust the brightness of the strobe to match the exposure of the camera.
The strobe has a very useable beam angle of 85 degrees with the diffuser on.
The left button activates the continuous light function, which has 3 power setting. The different power settings can be obtained by cycling through the button. The highest setting is at 700 lumens which is bright enough for macro shots or even as an underwater torchlight. The continuous light also works as a focus light, allowing for quicker focusing and determining the desired strobe position.
In keeping with the concept of “My First Strobe,” the simplicity aspect extends to the ownership experience and maintenance. The buttons and knobs are clearly labelled–making it easy to control, even with gloves on. The battery compartment is secured with a screw-on cap that is sealed with two o-rings to prevent accidental flooding. Should the battery compartment flood, it does not affect the electronic compartment as the two are kept separate and preventing a hefty repair bill?
The strobe is powered by two 18650 lithium batteries, which offers a up to 2000 flashes on a single charge and provides consistent power delivery, even at low levels. The strobe is equipped with power stand-by and auto power-off features to conserve power and increase the lifespan of the strobe.
Main Body Material: Polycarbonate + Glass Fiber
Waterproof Level: 60 Meters
Guide Number: 22
Color Temperature: 5600K
Beam Angles: Horizontal- 85°, Vertical- 85° (with Diffuser)
Flash Recharge Time: 0.85 Second (Full Power)
Number of Flashes: 2.000 Times Full Flash with 3500mAh Li-Ion Batteries x2
Pre-Flash Counting: Auto Detect and Setting
Maximum Output: 700 Lumens
Color Temperature: 5600K
Beam Angles: 45°
Burn Time: 160 Minutes (Max. Brightness with 3500mAh Li-Ion Batteries x2)
Battery: 18650 (5A Min) Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries x2
Dimensions: 125.0mm (L) X76.0mm (W) X130.0mm (H) (Ball Mount Included)
Underwater: Approx. 70g (Batteries Included)
On Land: Approx. 520g (Batteries Included)