MediaBooth Pro is an all-inclusive photo booth that ships complete with a custom enclosure, custom software lights, camera tablet computer, a Canon Rebel T3i and carrying case. The top package also includes a dye sub printer with its own case.
The interface for the wedding or party guest is very well done. The touchscreen display makes it easy for the user to begin the photo booth process and it delivers perfect control of the built-in Rebel T3i, which provides great image quality given that we are talking about photo booth photos here.
It captures 3 images and then they can be delivered to an on-site printer if you opt for the printer package. Very slick execution.
The MediaBooth Pro certainly looks the part with the custom case that offers the appearance of a professional photographer’s equipment. The Rotolights offer plenty of light with an easier power draw thanks to the LED bulbs. These appear to be the Rotolight RL48-B LED RingLights, which provide a 4 hour run-time on 3 AA batteries. That should be good enough for most receptions and parties where you would use the Media Booth Pro.
The only real downside I see is the price.
The standard MediaBooth Pro runs $5200. If you want the MediaBooth Pro Elite that includes the printer, you’re looking at $6750.
While the value of a photo booth for wedding and party photographers is high and it will pay for itself over the course of a few bookings, the mark-up on the sum of the parts seems a bit high.
A Rebel T3i kit runs $550 now, while the Rotolight RL48-B LED lights are $129 each. There is no real breakdown of what tablet, cases and stands are used. Even considering a high-end custom enclosure, the total materials (at retail prices) are probably well under $3000, if not $2000. The DNP DS 40 Dye Sub Printer appears to get about a $400 markup on the upgrade from the standard kit to the MediaBooth Pro Elite. Of course, the printer case could run $200 or so at retail as well.
With all that said, I’m not ready to call this a bad deal. It’s definitely a premium product that fits only in a professional’s toolkit. The presentation and total package certainly offers more than the sum of its parts. The team that put together the MediaBooth Pro has done a great job in putting together the total package that is ready to roll out of the box.
I love the look of this kit and the functionality is perfect from the user’s end, which is worth a lot. Whether it’s worth the premium price, however, is up for discussion and a decision to be made for each photographer’s own business model.
For more details, check it out here on the MediaBooth Pro website.