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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2012
I wanted a simple light for my camcorder and this one was cheaper than some that put out far less light or cost more than twice as much. I was surprised at the quality of the item. It is bright, even, and dimmable. It uses three standard (rechargeable or not) AA batteries, so you can shoot as long as you want and just replace batteries as necessary. Other low price lights have internal, rechargeable batteries that force you to have several for a long day of shooting so you can swap them out when the batteries are exhausted. When the internal battery will not hold a charge the entire unit is dead. With this light and a bunch of rechargeable batteries you only need one light and it will last indefinitely.
My particular camcoder is a Canon XA-10 with a shotgun mic. mount on the side. Unfortunately, the light is too wide to fit in the cold shoe and not interfere with the mic. Other lights have a 1/4" screw mount built into the cold shoe mount so you can tripod mount or use an adapter to raise the light a half inch or so to clear the mic. This one doesn't have a screw mount, which would have been a simple and add no or little cost to the manufacturer. I have ordered a hot shoe adapter meant for still cameras in the hope that it will raise the light the half inch I need to clear the mic.