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YongNuo YN-160 LED Video Light for DSLRs and Camcorders
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- 160 LEDs
- 16 level adjustable light output
- Compatible with seven different kinds of batteries (Batteries NOT Included)
- 4 filters included
- Hot shoe mount and hand grip/light stand mount included
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Yongnuo YN-160 LED light can take seven different kinds of batteries: Panasonic CGR-D16S/CGR-D220, Sony NP-FH70/NP-FM55H/NP-F550 Ni-MH and AA batteries.
To check the current battery level simply press the test button. There are four light filters included in the package, one white filter to soften the light (diffuse effect) and three color filters to change the colour temperture. The YN-160 LEd light can be attached to any device that has a hot shoe / cold shoe.
The LED Light can either be attached to a hot shoe device or be held by hand.
Input voltage: DC6.0-9.0V
Power consumption: 3-9 watts
Color temperature: 5500-6500K
Battery: 1 x Panasonic CGR-D16S/D220, or 1x Sony NP-FH70/NP-FM55H/NP-F550, or 6 x Ni-MH, or 6 x AA batteries
Lifetime: >10000 hours
Full power battery time: 15 hours (Sony F970 Lithium battery capacity: 5800mah, the product's default brightness).
Illumination: Distance Lux 1m 1480lux, 2m 450 lux, 3m 178 lux, 4m 101 lux
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It's an interesting setup in so far as the 5500K White LEDs and the 3300K yellow LEDs are controlled separately so push them both up to 100% and they don't half throw out some light. I've had to buy some tall lighting stands to throw the shadows behind and below my subjects.
Although everything can be controlled from the back of the light unit, and each one comes with it's own remote control, I particularly like the iOS app that lets me control all the lights I have from one place. The app lets me have 8 lights in total which is more than enough for a studio but I will only be using 2 when I"m out and about. It's sometimes a little fiddly to get the Bluetooth working between phone and light units but generally works if you switch things on and off enough times!
Each light has a handle, a small table stand and can be mounted either to the top of your camera (with the hotshoe adapter), put on a tripod using a screw mount or even attached to a lighting stand. The barn doors are more for protection and, I suppose, asthetics more than anything else but their study. There are a couple of diffusers included (one white, one yellow).
From just one purchase, I'm already buying another and will eventually get more for my photo studio. The units aren't tiny, and are weighted fine for on-camera use, but for what they are, they are excellent value and highly recommended from this old tog.
I'm just an ordinary purchaser who paid the full price and have had no contact with them before.
So here we go...
Yongnuo make two versions of the YN-600L II, one with 600 LEDs that emits a daylight type of light (5500K, like most flash guns, and the Sun) and one with 300 daylight LEDs and 300 more-orange coloured ones (3300K) giving a more Tungsten style of light, as is often used in studios. I bought the 300+300 one so I could vary the colour of the light.
Even with just 300 LEDs of one colour it's impressively bright and I'm not disappointed.
The control scheme is different to some panels, who have a single knob to control the colour (from 5500 to 3300). Here you set the percentage brightness for each set of LEDs independently, which is a little more fiddly as you can't control overall brightness and colour mix separately. If you want it brighter/duller and the same colour you have to change one then the other until it looks about right. Having separate mix and brightness controls would IMHO have been much more convenient.
It does miss out on some things. While it's great that it comes with two batteries and a charger, so you can use it anywhere, the mains power supply is an optional extra that you may well want (it uses the 8V/5A one): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01CSF0Q9Y (I can't comment further on this as mine is still en-route).
It also just has a screw thread in the base, there is no way to adjust its position unless using a tripod with a head. If using a lighting tripod you'd want something to allow its position to be altered (there are lots of mini ballheads sold by Amazon).
The batteries seem a good choice capacity-wise, however you get a rubbish USB-powered charger that charges them slowly, one at a time, and gives no idea of how far there is to go. I'd strongly recommend getting something like (the one I use): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BJTIXTA which charges two batteries at once and shows their charge state.
Also on batteries the instructions say one battery will power one set of 300 LEDs, so if you want to use both sets you need two charged batteries.
Oh and while I'm at it the Lithium batteries may be supplied, but two AAA ones for the remote aren't. The batteries don't come with any kind of plastic terminal cover that some airlines require (although the contacts aren't exposed on this type of battery.
You do get a handle for hand-held use while out and about.
You don't get a carrying case.
I haven't noticed any fan noise by haven't used it on a hot day or for long periods, so don't read anything into that. I'll edit this line when I have a better idea.
On the control side a few initial notes. The power on button is in the middle of the rotating knob and isn't in a contrasting colour. The remote has an on/off slide switch on its side (unlike many remotes it doesn't just work). There is also an App to control it via phone/tablet, using Bluetooth. The App is basic but works (I used it on a iPhone).
As I said above the main plus is there is a good amount of light from the 300 LEDs and it comes with a set of decent Lithium batteries. For me it was particularly handy that they are the same type of batteries as my Atomos recorder takes, so I already had a decent charger (and another USB charger which also isn't getting used either).
Overall I'd recommend it as I think it's good value and performs well.
I wasn't able to test if the reported CRI of over 95 is correct, so if anyone tests it please comment.
Also if anyone finds a case that works well with the batteries attached please let me know.
Prior to this purchase, I was scouring the Internet for reviews trying to find the best possible light for me and was very happy to find these from YongNuo - a brand that was no stranger to me, having their flashgun.
When unboxing, my first surprise was how small they were, next how bright they are. Very handy to be able to operate the light from your smartphone (I have a vintage iPhone 4s and it worked fine...). The light comes with a small dedicated remote as well but I leave that in my camera bag as a backup if Bluetooth or other technical problems occur. I think the combination of power, size, cost, handling and price is hard to beat.
Good even coverage and it's possible to alter the output slightly to obtain 2 different colour temperatures.
I am very happy with this purchase.
Is of pretty good build quality for the price.
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