Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: 160 LED Light for $20



I've been on the lookout for an in expensive LED light to compliment my Fotodiox LED98A that I reviewed a while back. I shot a wedding interview recently using a borrowed Lowel DV Creator kit and the heat generated from those tungsten lights was very uncomfortable in the small office setting. An LED three-point lighting setup was the answer, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money.

After the Fotodiox review, several people wanted a comparison to the $28 Newwer CN-160 and when I went looking for it, I stumbled across an even cheaper and apparent clone, a generic $20 160 LED light that looked very similar to the CN-160, used the same rechargeable batteries (Sony NP-F series) and also ran on six AA batteries. It didn't have the CN-160's Panasonic battery plate, but I didn't care. I wouldn't use it anyway.

After playing with this light, I really liked it especially for the price. It does have some serious drawbacks that I mention in the video, but if used in the right scenario, it can be quite useful.


2 comments:

Ian Random said...

For the battery issue, I've noticed in some of the radios with AA's they have a ribbon underneath to help remove the battery. Since they are in a trough with batteries end to end.

Scott Eggleston said...

Thanks, Ian! Several people have passed along a similar idea, but suggest tape on the bottom of the battery to remove it. Both make sense.

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