How to choose a best fit pocket light for your video

How to choose a best fit pocket light for your video

 For travelers, portability and convenience are very important elements when choosing their shooting equipment. We checked on Amazon and find some portable video lights have been very welcome. Here we selected the 5 most well rated and affordable pocket video lights for your reference.

The 5 photography lights are all of small size and can be put into pocket. The rates of them are quite good too. Meanwhile, the main difference are about price, color temperature, brightness adjustment, battery charging, material, lcd display, and usage.

 

Overview on specs:

Specs Viltrox RB-08  Moman ML03D ULANZI VL49 VILTROX VL-162T ULANZI W49LED
LED Beads 24pcs 96pcs 49pcs 162pcs 49pcs
Color temperature 2500K-8500K 3000K-6500K 5500K 3300K-5600K 6000K
Brightness range 10%~100% 5%~100% 5 settings 20%-100% N
Color Rendering Index 95+ 96+ 95+ 95+ unknown
1/4" Interface 1 2 0 1 0
Built-in Battery 3000mAh 2800mAH 2000mAh extra battery extra battery
Power Output 8W 8W unknown 12W 5.5W
Weight 108g 146g 160g 453g
91g
Material unknown Aluminum Plastic Plastic Plastic
Charging Port Micro USB Type C Type C AC N
LED Display Y Y N Y N
Magnetic Feature N Y N N N
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Viltrox RB-08

Viltrox RB-08 is a good on camera light that performs balanced in most aspects. It satisfies the basic lighting needs and allows adjustment for color temperature and brightness. The video light also includes screen display for real time adjustment.

 

Pros:

1.2500K-8500K wide color temperature. Suitable for more shooting scenes.

2.10%~100% adjustable brightness for different needs.

3.Built-in battery saves expense for extra batteries and is more convenience for charging. On the way for travelling, it also saves room for other gears.

4.It has a large battery capacity of 3000mAh for longer running time.

5.The photography light has led screen display.

6.Include an extra diffuser

Cons:

1.LED beads number is only 24pcs, much less than normal led panels.

 

Moman ML03D

Pocket size, adjustable color temp, adjustable brightness, detailed lcd disply, type c charging, Moman ML03D dimmable LED light is the one that meets nearly all pocket lights requirements. Among these, Moman gives the camera light even more surprises.

1/4’’ inch interface on 2 sides, 96+ CRI, magnetic feature and CNC aluminum case are elements that make the lighting highly expandable. It’s absolutely one of outstanding camera lights.

 

Pros:

1.5%~100% brightness adjustment. The 5%-10% brightness choice allows the users to set more subtle lighting environment.

2.96+ Color Rendering Index, restores more accurate original subjects colors.

3.2 1/4’’ interface at the bottom and on right side, for larger usage expansion when mounting it on tripods or other gears.

4.Built-in battery and Type C charging save expense and room compared to the ones that need extra batteries.

5.The photography light has very detailed led screen display that shows battery, brightness, and color temperature information.

6.Magnetic feature allows it to attach on all metal objects such as pipes and railing. This function can be used for emergency situation, or illumination for special places.

7.The three sides are hollow and can be suspended by rope. This also makes the lighting design more exquisite.

8.CNC Aluminum case, anti-fall and dust-proof. The heat dissipation is better than plastic ones.

Cons:

I have not found obvious flaws on this model. But it could be better if the continuous working time of 100% brightness is longer. It’s been written for one hour.

 

ULANZI VL49

This mini on camera lighting is of very small size, cheap price, and provides 5500K fixed color temp illumination. Easy use, very portable. But if you have more requests on lighting environments, you may need to buy another one.

 

Pros:

1.The EST.Price is only 22.95, much cheaper than other models.

2.Built-in battery and Type C charging save expense and room compared to the ones that need extra batteries.

3.The working time of 100% brightness is 2 hours, longer than other models.

Cons:

1.The Color temperature is fixed to 5500K, so you don’t have other choice.

2.Capacity of built-in battery is only 2000mAh, not power enough.

3.Plastic material and easier to be damaged while travelling.

4.The brightness is only provided fixed 5 settings and cannot be smoothly adjusted in a wide range.

5.Does not have lcd display.

6.There are only 49 pcs of led beads.

7.There is no 1/4 interface you could only mount it on camera or tripod through cold shoe.

 

VILTROX VL-162T

This panel light is powerful and suitable for stronger illumination. But if you have more need for portability or more accurate adjustment of illumination, this one is not good enough.

 

Pros:

1.162pcs of led beads. This provides a larger irradiation panel and give more powerful illumination.

2.The output is 12w, stronger power supply than normal 8w.

3.Has lcd display for detailed information while usage.

4.The working time of 100% brightness is 3 hours, the longest one among all 5 models.

5.This lighting also includes filters for different colors.

Cons:

1.The lighting weight is 453g, while the other models are within 160g.

2.It needs extra battery, or charging by AC adapter(not included), not convenient enough.

3.Plastic material and easier to be damaged while travelling.

 

ULANZI W49LED

If you are looking for an video light of very simple illumination, and don’t need any other functions such as lighting for smartphone shooting, this could be one of your cost-effective choices.

 

Pros:

  1. The EST.Price is only 12.95, the cheapest one among 5 video lights.

Cons:

  1. There are only 49 pcs of led beads.
  2. The Color temperature is fixed to 6000K, so you don’t have other choice.
  3. The brightness is not adjustable at all.
  4. There is no 1/4 interface you could only mount it on camera or tripod through cold shoe.
  5. It needs 2 extra aaa batteries to power (not included).
  6. Plastic material and easier to be damaged while travelling.
  7. Does not have lcd displayfor detailed information.

 

Information of pocket lights will be updated regularly to ensure you the correct product specs and good product selection. Wish this article helps you. If you have any questions or suggestions, welcome to contact us!