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In this post, I would like to present the best video led lights which I would use together with my Sony a7 III. They can of course also be used on any other camera such as the Sony a9 II, Sony a6600 or a6100 or any other brand. As I usually shoot videos on trade shows or during trips I prefer to have a video led which is portable, lightweight and easy to charge. I have not tested all the lights but those were on my list when I decided to buy the Aputure F7.
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My favorite Vide LED light for traveling with my Sony a7 III is the Aputure F7 as it offers lots of power, Kelvin can be adjusted and can be powered with a USB Power bank such as the Anker PowerCore+ which can also charge your MacBook Pro.
|LED Video Light||Weight|
|Iwata GL-01 117 Led||136 grams / 4.79 oz.|
|NEEWER 160 LED CN-160||242 grams / 8.57 oz.|
|Aputure F7 (my personal choice)||260 grams / 9.17 oz.|
|Aputure AL-MX||280 grams / 9.87 oz.|
|Aputure MC||130 grams / 4.59 oz.|
|Aputure AL-MX||280 grams / 9.87 oz.|
The Aputure AL-MX is the smallest slight from Aputure. It offers a 30% boost kick over 60 seconds interval if you need more light than usually needed. Moreover, it has an internal battery that can be charged through USB-C.
The lamp comes with 128 LEDs and has a beam angle of 120 degrees. The color temperature ranges from 2800K to 6500K. It is more expensive than the Aputure F7 and I would rather recommend the F7 over this light if you want to have one camera led light to use with your camera.
At the Aputure MC you can adjust Hue, Saturation, & Intensity which gives you even more creative freedom compared to other lights. It has CRI and TLCI scores of 96+ and SSI scores of 84 in tungsten and 74 in daylight. Moreover, it also comes with different lightning effects such as for example fire, party or firework.
The Aputure F7 is my favorite portable video light. It offers the most features and can be charged with a USB power bank through a USB-C port. You can also use it with a Sony NP-F battery attached to the back. The F7 comes with 256 high-CRI led lights and has a beam angle of 45 degrees.
The color temperature of the Aputure F7 ranges from 3200K-9500K. Also the brightness of the F7 can be adjusted from 1 to 100%. Personally, I found it more convenient to keep my gear running on one singe USB Power Bank. It’s a much lighter option than having several batteries and you only have to charge one device.
The Iwata GL-01 has the size of a smart phone and comes with 117 LEDs and is made out of aviation light aluminium. It has CRI>96 and adjustable brightness (5%-100%) and color temperature (300-5500K). Moreover, it has a built in battery which can be charged through the USB port. The OLED monitor shows the current condition of the light such as brightness, color temperature and battery status.
If you are on a budget then the Neewer CN-160 might be an option for you. I have not tested it myself but it got quite many good reviews online. The color temperature of the CN-160 is 5600 K or 3200K with a filter on it. It comes with 660 lumens and has a run time of 60-80 minutes. However, one disadvantage of this light is that you can not connect it on an external USB battery to power it. Moreover, you are also not able to adjust the color temperature.
My personal favorite is the Aputure F7. It has the widest color temperature and brightness adjustability and can be charged with a USB power bank. It might not be the cheapest option but you get a light which offers the most features of all the lights.