Light painting tools war: PixelStick Vs Magilight

Oct 16, 2018

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Light painting tools war: PixelStick Vs Magilight

Oct 16, 2018

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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A few years back I heard of an interesting photography device. The Pixel Stick. It is a light painting tool that can “paint” images in the air based on jpgs. When it was launched, there was nothing quite like it in the market, and it made $600,000 on Kickstarter, which was very impressive for the time. The Pixel stick was a one of a kind for a very long time, but about a year ago, a similar contraption came to the market, The Magilight. Like the Pixelstick it was launched via crowdfunding and made just over half a mil. We took both tools to the desert for head to head test. Here are our thoughts:

If you were wondering what the Pixelstick or magi light are, they are tools that can draw an image in the air (or just splash colored lights). You can use that functionality to create fun things like this:

Here is a quick animation showing how it was made:

Check out some of the images that we took with those tools, watch the video, for comparison and let us know which one you like better:

Pixelstick

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3 responses to “Light painting tools war: PixelStick Vs Magilight”

  1. Graeme Simpson Avatar
    Graeme Simpson

    I’m a Magilight user. The argument over the “fire” button is a bit pointless. One is yellow and the other is blue. Once you get to know you’re way around the magilight button layout then it’s no different to the PS.

    The price would have made quite a difference if i’m buying it now but i bought it when it was on Indiegogo so was loads cheaper

  2. Randall Chapman Avatar
    Randall Chapman

    I have both, two Magilights and one Pixel stick. Because the Magilight can be used straight from the bag I got great results the very first time I used it. I bought two radio triggers (which sadly are no longer available) One had a faulty cord and could not use it with two camera until I replaced the cord (about $7 if I remember correctly). I had had the Pixel stick for about two years before getting the pixel stick. To this day I have yet to use it, although I plan to, as I see the advantage in its longer length. The video gave the Pixel stick a point for the batteries. Why? I prefer having to only pop in two compared to 8 AA batteries. Both have their advantages over the other, but for me the Magilight is well better, hands down. Makes me wonder if Pixelstick sponsored this video. If this was to be a fair evaluation I would expect a little closer score.

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      I guess it boils down to accessibility. If the batteries die, it’s much easier to replace AA batteries. Seriously, though, they’re both just tools. Each person is free to decide for themselves which batteries are better for their use.