|Item Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11 x 6.1 x 3.1 inches|
|Item model number||10069627|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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NEEWER CN-304 304PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic, SONY, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
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- The LED camcorder lamp light allows you to link lights together to make larger light.
- This 304-piece-LED item can be used in video taking, either for lights setup or supplement.
- There are 2 filters included with this item, with Spotlight effect, diffuse effect, and for reducing the color temperature to 3200K.
- Designed with Standard hot shoe plug, so can be installed on the DV or DSLR, and DC with standard hot shoe.
- Rotate switch for on/off and brightness adjustment.
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The LED camcorder lamp light allows you to link lights together to make larger light.
Helps to ensure your pictures' perfect settings. This 304-piece-LED item can be used in video taking, either for lights setup or supplement.
There are 2 filters included with this item, with Spotlight effect, diffuse effect, and for reducing the color temperature to 3200K.
The light intensity can be changed to offer professional effects.
Designed with Standard hot shoe plug, so can be installed on the DV or DSLR, and DC with standard hot shoe.
Rotate switch for on/off and brightness adjustment.
Adopts concentration LED lights, irradiation distance can reach more than 5m, suitable for long distance shooting. The light can also be adjusted from concentrating light to diffusing light which is suitable for short distance shooting.
Can be installed on many Cameras like Canon, Nikon, Sigma Olympus, Pentax, etc.
LED BULBS: 304 pcs
Total Power: 18.24 Watts
Voltage: 7.2V - 12V
Color Temperature: 5400K / 3200K
Size (mm): 180 x 62 x 170
1x CN-304 LED Video Lighting
1x Battery holder
1x Hot shoe stand
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- bright on charged batteries
- good price
- Multiple battery formats supported: Sony F series, FM series, FH series, Panasonic SD series
- light intensity depends on the battery, thus falling when battery is being discharged. This makes the light unacceptable for professional applications - see EDIT below for evidence otherwise.
- 8xAA Eneloop batteries can supply enough power for only about 1/2 an hour, so a large capacity battery is a must-have.
From what I can tell:
Sony NPF970 is 7,200 mAh @7.4V,
Sony NPFM500H is 1,650mAh,
Sony NPFH50H is 650mAh,
EDIT: I purchased Sony DCR-VX2000 Camcorder Battery Lithium-Ion (6900 mAh) - Replacement for Sony NP-F970 Battery with Mini Battery Charger Kit for Sony NP-F550, NP-F750, NP-F960, NP-F570, NP-F770, NP-F970, NP-FM50, NP-QM71D, NP-QM91D Batteries - with fold-in wall plug, car & EU adapters and it works! Fully charged battery lasted 1h 51min until the light turned off. I also used iOS Pocket Light Meter app to measure how light intensity falls overtime. In the beginning I got EV200=19.93 as measured within 1 foot from light. 1h 11min later it measured EV200=19.29. So it looks like they do attempt to keep the light intensity stable no matter the battery charge. By that time battery charge indicator was telling me the battery is empty. After that light intensity was falling pretty fast.
In summary, at best, you will be able to use the light for about 1 hour. After that you'd better have a charged spare. Not bad, actually!
EDIT: This one is compatible and powerful enough! Has a short cord though. JACKYLED New DC 12V 2A 2.0A Switching Power Supply Adapter For 110V- 240V AC 50/60Hz 2.1mm
This light is bright enough for still shooting and video. I use 2 of these for still photography. One at 45 degree top front and one 45 degree top back. Those two light up things quite nicely. I have a clear acrylic shooting table that I can put a light under my items if I want to add a glow to the bottom portion of the item. The more you do in the photographic process, the less you will have to do in post (photoshop).
Neewer has numerous versions of led lights and the latest ones have digital readout that shows battery life and color temperature. These CN-304 lights are very white. I do not have a technical way of evaluating temperature, but can just say that the light produced is "White". Not yellow or dingy at all.
There are at least two different mounts that Neewer put on these. The older mount is a swivel adapter with a 1/4 x 20 thread in the base. That base can also fit into a hot shoe. I don't think I would ever mount one of these directly on a camera because of the weight. Especially if it was loaded with batteries. The later model just has a 1/4 x 20 thread on the bottom (which I prefer).
I recommend getting the later model (with threads) and adding a Giottos MH 1004 mini ball head. I have at least 6 of those and use them all around the studio. Just mount the Neewer CN-304 on a Giottos MH 1004 and then you can mount that on a light stand. The Giottos features a 3/8"-16 and a 1/4"-20 reducer bushing, so you can also mount it to a bunch of Manfrotto products like their 237 or 237HD flexible arm.
The CN-304 is much brighter than any other led light I currently have. While there are numerous led lights in the 300 bulb range, for the current price of around $65-70 you can't go wrong. The CN-160 cost me that a few years ago, but then technology keeps getting cheaper.
I have 4 of the 500 led lights, 2 Vidpro Z96 lights, a CN-126, a CN-160 and 2 of these CN-304 lights. I will probably buy 1 or 2 more of these. That should take me a few years out...
I have looked into the 600 bulb range of led lights, but right now I can get 2 of the 300's for about the same cost and in my opinion, 2 lights are more versatile than 1 bigger light. Also, it spreads your risk. With these import lights, you really have no warranty after initial time has expired, so if a $140 light goes out - you are out. With 2 lights, if one goes out, you still have one so you at least have a light.
Another consideration in choosing a light is color temperature. If you need to match temp with ambient light, then you may want to go with one of the bi-color lights. In that case, I would go with one of those newer models that feature a digital readout so you can see what temp you are at and be able to set the temp the same if you need continuity.
Just remember that with a bi-color light, half of the bulbs are used for white and half for amber and you adjust the intensity of the two to get desired temperature. That reduces the brightness of the light, so that if you want full white, it can only use half the bulbs, thus half the light.
You will see images on the web where people are selling those led lights that have two battery packs attached to the back of the led light and then the whole thing attached to the hot shoe of an DSLR. Those marketers aren't photographers! Do you realize how heavy that would be? Forget about it! If the light is mounted on a light stand or anything other than a camera, then fine, put your two batteries on the back. Get the biggest ones you can get and have plenty of juice and yes, get a remote so you can turn it off between sets to save on battery usage.
Some light (not these) have a remote control. I can see how that could help you if you were a one person photographer working with a model or perhaps food where time was an issue and you needed to change a setting quickly, but for most uses you can just dial in settings in camera and if need be adjust your light intensity. Really if you need to adjust light intensity, you may also need to adjust light position and a remote can't do that. Or if you need to save on battery life as mentioned above, then you may want a unit with a remote.
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The finicky professional videographer may take issue with such things as exact color temperature, etc., but this light simply works and works well for my purposes. This is currently the brightest portable led panel out of the CN series which accepts AA batteries. For even larger and brighter you have to move up to panels which will not accept AA batteries.