Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light review: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Completely bendable arms with directional LED light. Sits neatly in the hotshoe and is compatible with any Pen camera with an accessory port, or the XZ-1.

The Bad Light is not intense enough to use in bright, outdoor situations.

The Bottom Line A great little accessory for your Olympus Pen camera, the MAL-1 lights will add a splash of illumination for anyone who wants to try their hand at macro photography.

CNET Editors' Choice Mar '12

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When it comes to specialised accessories for interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), Olympus has really nailed it on the head with the MAL-1 Macro Arm Light. This peculiar-looking creature fooled much of our test audience into thinking that it was some sort of giant insect stuck on top of the camera, given the twisting and undulating curves of its arms.

It's a very interesting accessory, though, as it extends the capabilities of the Olympus series of Pen camera (any with an accessory port), as well as the XZ-1, quite dramatically. It provides an extra throw of two LED lights, in two intensities from high to low. Sitting in the hotshoe, the MAL-1 draws power from the camera's battery, although not too much to seriously deplete the reserves.

It's bendable, posable!
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Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

Part Number: CNETOlympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

Typical Price: $99.00

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