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- NEEWER CN-126 LED Video Light
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- Cosmetic AppealEditor: 50%
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- FeaturesEditor: 50%
- FunctionEditor: 90%
- Value For The PriceEditor: 570%
The NEEWER CN-160 allows for improved low light performance with your DSLR or video camera.
Most DSLRs are known for pretty awful low light performance especially when it comes to shooting video so some owners result to purchasing an external lighting fixture to boost performance. One of the more affordable options is the NEEWER CN-126 LED Video Light. This accessory is priced under $50 and is quite a lifesaver in those tough dark situations that videographers often get thrown into.
The light housing or case is made of a fairly thin plastic material with a plastic neck that connects to your camera's hot shoe mount. The plastic casing though thin seems to be fairly durable and as long as you dont drop it daily, I think it will stand up to most of the elements. The plastic neck however is one of the things I dislike the most about this product because to be frank it really feels cheap and like it can get broken easily. The worst part is the neck is supposed to be adjustable, but the plastic knobs and locking mechanism doesn't seem to work too well so the light has the potential to shift up and down pretty easily without being able to sufficiently lock it into position.
The LED light itself is pretty awesome. It is powered off one of the following types of batteries: Panasonic CGR-D16S, Sony NP-FH70, NP-FM55H, NP-F550 or AA battery. I personally have only used the AA battery option and that gets me about 3-3.5 hours worth of continued use before I need to swap in 6 fresh new batteries. The light is turned on and off via the switch on the left side of the device and this switch also allows you to control the intensity of the light. I've found this really helpful when in situations where you're shooting people's faces since if you have the light on the highest setting it is literally blinding and really difficult for the person your shooting to refrain from being noticeably squinting. This way you can turn it about half power and it is enough to light up the target's face without being a hassle.
The light gives you significantly better visibility on your camera I'd estimate of an extra 5-10 feet in front of you. This allows you to get sharper and less grainy footage in low light conditions since you're able to lower the ISO on your camera significantly. The light comes with three swappable filters which include one white, one warm, and one pink. This is a cool addition, but be warned these filters crack really easily if you are not careful when storing them.
In terms of recommending this product I can definitely say it is one of my most useful accessories I have for taking video with my DSLR. I always carry it in my bag when shooting gigs as I never know when I'll be put in a situation to shoot indoors or at night. I wish the build quality was more durable, but for the price if it ever were to break I'll just buy another. If you can deal with being careful when handling this light and are on a budget then this is the right choice for you. If you'd rather get something of a higher quality and have more money to spend look into the Fotodiox Pro LED 312AS model.