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Aputure AL-M9 Amaran LED Mini Light on Camera Video Light, Black
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- The Amaran AL-M9 is a pocket sized LED fill light. It is incredibly compact and lightweight with 9 SMD bulbs that are powerful in the palm of your hand
- It's flexibility makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications from run and gun video to macro product photography and so on
- High Efficiency Bulbs, TLCI 95+,CRI 95+
- Built-in Lithium Battery, Charged via USB
- Ultra Thin with Only 140g Weight, adjustable Brightness in 9 steps
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|Package Height||2.2 x 3.6 x 5.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.55 pounds|
The Amaran AL-M9 is a pocket sized LED fill light. It is incredibly compact and lightweight with 9 SMD bulbs that are powerful in the palm of your hand. It's flexibility makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications from run and gun video to macro product photography and so on Features: High Efficiency Bulbs, TLCI 95+,CRI 95+ 9 SMD light beads, Creating High illuminance Built-in Lithium Battery, Charged via USB Ultra Thin with Only 140g Weight Adjustable Brightness in 9 steps
Top Customer Reviews
The light uses 9 LEDs, spaced out from each other in sets of 3. So there are 3 columns of 3 LEDs a little over an inch away from each other. To keep this light low profile, the magnetic diffusion panel that attaches to the front of the light sits so close to the LEDs that you can clearly see the 3 columns of LEDs shining through it (see photos). The diffusion panel can not even out the light it projects because of its proximity to the source. It's basically sitting directly on top of the LEDs. The result of this is that you get some really nasty shadows on whatever you light with this. The light will produce 3 separate shadows stacked on top of each other thanks to the 3 columns of LEDs (see photos). So imagine 3 nose shadows on someone. Because of this, I docked one star.
I also docked a second star for the cheap filters they included. The light has magnetic spots to attach a single diffusion frame which they include. But they also include some really crappy, cheap paper gels/diffusion to stick between that frame. It's janky. They have magnets already built into the light's bezel so I don't understand why they didn't use them and make the gels magnetic panels, similar to the milk diffusion panel they included. The paper gels are not cut to size and they stick out of the light (see photos). I'll probably return it. Can't decide yet.
Charging is simple. Plug in the Micro USB cable and a status indicator will light red for charging. It will also light red when the battery is low. When charging is complete, the red light will go out. Took me roughly an hour to an hour and half of charging. Turn on the unit via the power button on the side (status light turns blue) and either increase or decrease the intensity of the light with the "+" and "-" buttons. Long-pressing the buttons will change the brightness quickly.
There's three rows and three columns of light equaling 9 LEDs to give you bright white light when needed. The light is 3 3/8" wide, 2 1/8" tall and 1/2" thick. However, mounted on the cold shoe it's 3 1/2" tall. The cold shoe mount also has a threaded socket in the bottom to screw onto a tripod/light stand.
Pros: Bright and compact. Excellent for fill light in certain situations. I am using it at New York Fashion Week as an alternative to my flash.
Cons: I did not like the supplied gel filters and will not use them. They felt flimsy and would be tedious to attach when I'd like to keep this light permanently attached to the cold shoe adapter. I would have preferred hard plastic attachments to the exterior of the light to achieve same results.
All and all, this is a very nice product and highly recommended.