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Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders


Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

Overview : This CN-160 LED Video Light can adapt to different types of digital video camcorders and cameras. This super lightweight 160-LED Video light can be used in video taking, either for lights setup or supplement. The light intensity can be changed to offer professional effects.

Features :
  • With 160-LED lights for optimum illumination and diffuser.
  • Helps to ensure your pictures's perfect settings.
  • Can be used in video taking, either for lights setup or supplement.
  • There are 3 filters included with this item, with Spotlight effect, Diffuse effect, and for reducing the color temperature to 3200K.
  • 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.
  • One touch battery check with 4 level indicator: press the test button, 4-LED On means battery full, 1-LED On means battery low.
  • Designed with Standard hot shoe plug, so can be installed on the DV or DSLR, and DC with standard hot shoe.
  • Compatible batteries (not included):
    • Sony NP-Series Li-ion rechargeable battery (NP-F970, NP-FH70, NP-FM55H, NP-F550)
    • Panasonic CGR-D16S rechargeable battery
    • 6 * Alkaline/NiMH AA Battery
  • Compact design, high power, good durability, and low heat output.
  • High quality with long service life.
Specification :
  • LED Quantity: 160 pieces
  • Input: DC 7.2-8.4V
  • Maximum Power: 9.6 Watt
  • Color Temperature: 5400K (3200k w/filter)
  • Luminous flux: 660lm
  • Runtime: 70-90mins
  • Illumination: 900Lux (1m), 240Lux (2m), 120Lux (3m), 70Lux (4m), 40Lux (5m)
  • Effective distance: 6m/20ft
  • Average Service Life: 50,000 hours
  • Product size: 150*141*62mm
  • Product weight: 252g
  • Package size: 168*160*72mm
  • Package weight: 424g
Quality/Usability : I've been looking at some LED lights in the event that I want to record some video or even take photos. There are so many types and many of them are inadequate to light up the scene or subject due to low number of LEDs. It's also hard to see or know how much lumens are over the internet as opposed to seeing it in person. I had no choice but to take the plunge.

Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

The CN-160 is a popular product when searched on Google. It's sold under various brand names but is essentially the same product all around. Included with the CN-160 other than the LED unit itself is a Panasonic battery holder, three (3) filters (soft diffuser, 3200K filter and pink filter) and a pouch to hold those filters.

Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders
Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

The front consists of 160 individual LED lights in a black plastic casing. The back has four (4) red LEDs that displays the batteries status and this is where the battery is placed as well. When faced down, the left side has a dial that acts as an ON/OFF switch as well as a dimmer to adjust brightness of the LEDs.

Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders
Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders
Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

The CN-160 LED light can use a variety of rechargeable batteries such as the Sony NP-F550, Panasonic CGR-D16S or 6 AA batteries. If using a Panasonic battery, you'll need to use the battery adapter plate. The CN-160 includes a battery cover.

Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders
Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

The CN-160 can be mounted on any device that has a hotshoe on it such as a video camera, camcorder and digital SLR. You can even mount the LED onto flash brackets, light stands or similar accessories. The CN-160 hotshoe mount is plastic and is tightened into place with a screw dial. Once mounted, you can adjust the CN-160 by aiming it up or down.

Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

The filter case can fold all your filters. But trying to stick 2 filters in one slot feels like it's going to rip and stretch the pouch.

Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders
Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders Review: CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders

The CN-160 outputs a decent amount of light. To attach the filters, you slide them from the top. The filters don't come off easily when shaken. So you don't have to worry about it falling.

Conclusion : Overall, the CN-160 LED Light for Video Cameras DSLR Camcorders is a powerful LED light. This is great if you're a videographer for a wedding event or even a photographer. This can also be used as a flash light, source of light during a blackout or camping trip. My only complaint is that the screw and hotshoe mount feels cheap. The hotshoe screw mount can be a little hard to remove if its screwed on tight.

You may find this same light under a different brand name such as Neewer, Flashpoint, GiSTEQ and many others. Essentially, they are still also the same just rebranded.

I highly suggested picking up Sony NP-F550 or Panasonic CGR-D16S battery. They will last longer than AA batteries. You can pick up batteries and chargers for really cheap if you don't already have them. It's always good to have 2 batteries and 1 charger. You can use 1 battery and have the second as a back-up. When the 1st batteries is lower on power, swap it out with the 2nd battery and begin charging the 1st battery. I suggest getting a SterlingTek, Wasabi or Maximal branded batteries.




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