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LED Video Camcorder Light with 140 Pieces LED and 1000 Lumens Brightness With Adjustable Color Temperature
Light up your subject and get the perfect shot or footage with this LED Video Camcorder Light from Monoprice!
This LED Camera light features 140-LEDs and 1000 Lumens Brightness. It has a 1/4"x20 hole in the bottom and includes an adjustable bracket with a 1/4"x20 screw on one end and a cold shoe on the other. Also included is a desk stand so you can mount the light stand alone.
The light features 70 LEDs at 6000K and 70 at 3200K. You can adjust the temperature range from 3200 to 6000 in ten steps. It includes three presets, which you can adjust for different color temperatures and quickly recall them with the touch of a button.
The light operates on six AA batteries. It can also accept rechargeable batteries and battery packs, if desired. It also features a battery test function that displays the remaining battery capacity, based on the current brightness setting.
In the video below I am using two of them at full. The batteries are not new. One Panasonic prosumer cam and one GoPro
PROS: I use two of these lights as actual stage lights for my band when I play small venues. Then I can use it as a video record light and as an actual stage light. Being able to select color temperature and white balance to that is fantastic as well so its easy to get the amount of warmth you want without having to spend a lot of time, effort and horsepower in post production getting the right look.
They are very bright so you don't want to have them facing a camera and the batteries last a lot longer than you think they will, given the amount of output.
CONS: The battery hatch is cheap and flimsy. It would be wise to use some masking tape over it once you have batteries inside as chasing batteries around your set is time consuming and embarrassing. Also the switches need a little practice till you get exactly what they do.
PROS: Amazing light for the price, control over amount light and warmth of light, easy to take it with you.
CONS: Drinks too much battery WHEN NOT OPERATED
PROS: Small, bright, lots of functions, stand alone operation, good camera flash option
CONS: Six AA batteries are heavy atop a DSLR. Mount tightening knobs are sticky and can get really locked down if you over tighten.
My biggest complaint, though, is the clunky, non-intuitive controls and lack of documentation on how to use them. If you want blended color throughout the dimming range, no problem. If you want either daylight or tungsten, you have to toggle back and forth through the controls to get just one set of leds to light, then use the up-down buttons to change the light output. Sounds easy, but the up-down buttons do different things depending on which set of color leds is lit at any one time. For instance, if both sets of color are lit and you want to change the temperature by dimming one color, pressing the down button will dim one set, but exactly which set (tungsten or daylight) gets dimmed depends on which set was dimmed previously on a completely different setting. Good luck remembering that, or getting back to that setting to tell it which color to dim before navigating to the setting that actually dims the selected color. Sound confusing? It is.
I'm wondering why the manufacturer couldn't have set the left-right controls to toggle between the two colors, and used the up-down buttons to change the brightness of the specific bank selected. Suffice it to say that anyone using this light in a run-and-gun situation needs to have a high tolerance for fumbling with poorly designed controls. Fix that, and you'd have a 9 star review from me.
PROS: Strong light output bi-color uses readily available Sony batteries small, lightweight even with battery on board.
CONS: Non-intuitive, difficult controls inadequate instructions lowest dim levels still too bright for event work with modern cameras inadequate diffusion.