Gossen Digisix, Ultra Compact Digital & Analogue, Incident and Reflected Ambient Light Meter


About Gossen

Ultra-compact, and packed with features, the Digisix is an ambient light meter that does much more than just determine exposure. As an exposure meter, the Digisix is a prime example of Gossen's high precision and reliability, based on Gossen-specific calibration and German engineering.

The Digisix is small enough to sit comfortably on your camera's hot shoe (with optional shoe adapter), and sports a digital read-out and analog scale for ambient light levels that can be measured in reflective or incident mode. Digital read out in EV is easily transferred to a setting ring where all the shutter speed/f-stop combinations can be read at a glance. Digital LCD read-out and Contrast scene read-out's are in 1/3-stop increments. Meter sensitivity range is 0-18EV.

But the Digisix doesn't stop there. Not only is it an exposure meter, but it also offers a functioning clock with alarm, a timer for timing long exposures, plus a precision digital thermometer which measures temperatures and stores a high and low value.

All of this fits into an unbelievably small package (3 x 2 x 1 inch) with trendy styling, which is easy and comfortable to operate. The meter weighs approximately 1.5 oz (including battery), and comes with a carry case, strap and battery.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (13),Accurate (10),Compact (10),Consistent (9),Durable (3),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Photography (8),Portraits (6),Film (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (5),Photo enthusiast (4)

Gossen Features

  • Incident and reflected light measuring mode
  • Microprocessor controlled operation
  • Digital LCD display of read out in 1/3 stops
  • Storage of values measured
  • At-a-glance indication of all suitable combinations of
  • shutter speeds (t) and aperture (f-stops)
  • Range over or Range Under signal
  • TIMER function
  • WATCH and ALARM function
  • Temperature measurement function

Gossen Specifications

Reception Methods
Incident or reflected
Receptor Element
sbc photo diode
Measuring Modes
Incident light
Reflected light /Measuring Angle approx.25 °
Contrast measurement
Measuring Range (ISO 100)
EV 0 to 18
Display Readout
Digital LCD-display and setting ring
ISO Range
ISO 6 to 3200 in 1/3 increments
F-Stop Display Range
f/1 to f/32
Shutter Speed - Ambient
t =1/2000 sec to 4 min
1x3 V Lithium Battery CR 2032
3.0 x 2.0 x 0.9" (75 x 50 x 23mm)
0.09 lb (40 g) incl. Battery
Special Functions
Timer 0 sec to 30 min
Watch 12 hor 24 h display
Accuracy 5 min/year

Thermometer adjustable to °C or °F
Measuring range -15 °C to 70 °C or 5 °F to 160 °F
Accuracy +/-2 °C or +/-4 °F

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®


(based on 14 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars



  • 4 Stars



  • 3 Stars



  • 2 Stars



  • 1 Stars



Most Liked Positive Review


An awesome, easy to use light meter

I have been looking for the right meeter for a long time. This meter alows me to concentrate on my shot (not the meter)


Most Liked Negative Review


Accurate and small

Good accuracy and very compact. My primary complaint is that the mode switch is easily actuated putting you into mode select inadvertently, which you have to cycle through to get back to normal operation. Bad location for mode select. Also very overpriced.

Reviewed by 14 customers


Worthy descendant of the Luna Pro


from Dallas-Fort Worth, tx  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

In a previous life I was an avid user of the storied Gossen Luna Pro. When determining what meter I needed now, I found the DigiSix. It is an affordable, easy to use descendant worthy of the Gossen name. I principally use the meter to take incident readings in tricky lighting situations. It does everything I want it to.


Accurate and small


from South  -  Photo Enthusiast

Good accuracy and very compact. My primary complaint is that the mode switch is easily actuated putting you into mode select inadvertently, which you have to cycle through to get back to normal operation. Bad location for mode select. Also very overpriced.


Use this everyday and love it


from Brooklyn, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This meter gives me consistent results and is easy to use. The only thing that would improve it for me would be to get rid of the alarm function. Occasionally I will accidentally set the alarm. Great meter though and simple to use. Battery lasts forever.


Small and accurate.


from Boston, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Small and light weight, it works well. Construction feels a little less than sturdy but I haven't had any problems with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Probably the best tiny pocket lightmeter


from Plano, TX 75074  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Using a number of M2 and M3 type Leicas and shooting 90% of the time Sunny 16, I wanted to buy a Gossen lightmeter compact enough to have always in pants pocket. The Digisix is so small you can carry it in any pocket however when compared to larger Gossen models it is as precise(also more precise than the meter on my M6 at low light). It's constantly "on" but since one year I did not need to change the tiny battery powering it. I think I found my ideal lightmeter to go with my film Leicas.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Gossen does it again


from Spring Hill, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

Film and digital photography mostly incident light measurement. Easy to use and dead nuts accurate. Gossen is great. I have 48 yr old Gossen Pilot that is within 1/2 f stop of the new one. It needs an included simple foot so that it can be used on older film cameras. The seperate foot is flimsy and expensive.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from Asheville, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Gives Excellent readings... Extremely easy to use and understand.... Highly Useful.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Out with the old, in with the new


from Northern Virginia, near Washington, DC  -  Casual Photographer

After many years I thought I should replace my old Gossen light meter. I have shot 4 rolls of film with the new Gossen. Naturally it represents a great advance for me: the ease with which one learns the suitable combinations and the confidence one has in the measurement. One criticism. The instructions regarding the incident light method are poor to put it mildly. It must be a translation from another language. It confused me. Fortunately, I still had the instructions for the old Gossen and these helped to clear the matter up.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Alarm sound


from Delaware  -  Photo Enthusiast

This truly is a great meter. I have one criticism to make and that is the alarm sound is extremely feeble. My hearing is not the best but you almost have to hold the meter to your ear to hear it. There are no holes or vents in the casing to allow the sound to escape. I'm sure the buzzer is doing a good job, it's just that the case is almost soundproof. Fortunately, I don't need the alarm or timer so the sound defect is not a problem for me. For timed exposures I have a remote with timer, and the sound is very clearly heard from this.

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


I wish i had bought this meter earlier.


from Woodhaven, NY  -  Pro Photographer

You have to pick the ISO and it will give you a variable Shutter speed and a constant aperture of 5.6


Questions & Answers Powered by TurnTo®

Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MICHAEL A  excellent small meter.very accurate.
Les G  How would this with a pinhole camera?
BEN R  It won't work with your PHC because (1) you don't know what f/stop your pinhole is equivalent to, and (2) you have no accurate way of adjusting how much light enters the camera in any given time. In other words, your camera has an unknown f/stop and no shutter. Meters are made to work only with cameras that have adjustable shutter speeds and lens openings.

Related Articles & Videos

TTL Metering—AdoramaTV

This week is the first episode in a four-part series about metering. In this episode, Mark will explain how your camera meters light and uses that to make a correct exposure. In the coming weeks, he will also go over exposure compensation, using a light meter and some advanced light metering tricks ...Read More

Share this item:
Adorama.com is top rated for customer serviceHACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.