Review - Portable 96 Powerful LED Video Light: HDV-Z96

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This lightweight 96 Power LEDs video light can be used in video taking; either for lights setup or supplement, the light intensity can be changed to offer professional effects.

  • Feature:
    • Compatible with 2 kinds of batteries (not included):
      • Sony L Series DV Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (e.g. F550, F750, F970)
      • AA-type Battery
    • Ultra life time power LED (average 30000 hours)
    • Standard daylight (standard color temperature 5600K)

    • A flicker free light and has a rear facing dimmer knob that can be adjusted from 25% to 100%

    • Magnetic filter plates that simply snap onto the front of the LED light. Included is both a 3200K daylight to tungsten warming filter and a white diffusion filter.

    • Make a larger LED panel (e.g. 3x3, 2x4, etc.) with the combine socket adapter.

    • Standard Accessory shoe adapter can be attached to the camcorder or DC camera.

      (your camcorder or camera has no hot/cold shoe adapter? don't worry, click here to get the lightweight C-Shape Rotate Bracket)
  • Specification:
    • Bulb: 96 Power LED
    • Average liespan (hours): 30000 hrs
    • Illuminance: 800Lx
    • Beam Angle: 65 degree
    • Colour Temperature: 5600K/3200K (with Amber filter)
    • Diffuse installation: Magnetic Pick-up
    • Battery: 5x AA batteries or Sony NP-F550 Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (battery is not included)
    • Power: 7W
    • Voltage: 5.8-16.8V
    • Weight: approx. 188g
    • Dimensions: 127 x 75 x 45 mm

Professional photographer review (by Emm from CheesyCam):
(If you are interesting on Video and Photo, we are highly recommend you to visit his blog - CheesyCam, and you can also seach "Z96" in his blog, there is many comments about this video light from other professional user)

Z96 Dimmable DSLR LED Video Light vs. 126 LED:

Quick over view of what to expect from the Z96 Dimmable DSLR LED Video light that everyone is raving about. As of now, since it's fairly new, it might run you about $20 dollars more than the 126 LED lights. I personally think that $20 dollar difference is well worth it, considering you'd be buying a $400 dollar unit similar to this from the brand names.

The Z96 carries many of the same features that make the 126 very popular. Dimmable lighting, multiple battery sources, LED technology, and cheap cheap cheap. Originally LED video lights were hitting the streets for over $400 dollars, so even thought this is NOT as cheap as the 126, it's still a bargain you can』t complain about.

It's smaller, but feels more solid than the 126 LED video light. Smaller is nicer since it doesn』t take up bag space. Too much spotlight is offending to your subject, so it's very nice that the LED's on the Z96 (even without the diffusion panel) work better than the 126 LED. The adjustable shoe mount neck is a much better design as well. Not as tall, but definitely solid enough to keep from adjusting off position. I like everything about the Z96 and the additional price I feel is well worth it. The 126 has been a solid performer for me and I currently own 3 of them still in use today. I haven』t thrown the Z96 around as much so we'll have to hear about the long term durability. For now when i'm ready to work, this Z96 is the one LED video light I'll always grab first.

The Video for Z96 DSLR Dimmable LED Video Lights:

Wow, just caught a comment about the new Z96 DSLR Video lights being sold on eBay. Right now they are using my video review on their Z96 Video Light auctions! (you can see it on the top right of the image above). Very cool! Normally I worry about my reviews being used on certain items, but for this particular one I'm really honored to be recognized along with. It's such a great product and price which equals huge savings for such an important tool in the DSLR bag. I'm going to order three more to create a 4×4 panel and grab some additional Eneloop batteries.

I really put mine to a test this weekend when shooting for a wedding and I could not be more happy. Though it was daylight, I found myself constantly using the Z96 LED light the entire day to add additional fill inside these dim lit hotel rooms. Now it makes total sense why people are looking to use these LED lights off camera. You might have heard me say I never used the older 126 LED light at full power because it was quite offending and the spotlight effect is very direct. I kept the diffuser on the Z96 which diffuses really well and isn't as offensive and ran it full power most of the day for use as fill light. My Eneloops ran all day all night no problems throughout the whole event. The new Z96 LED is not only powerful, but power efficient. Although the Z96 LED video light can adapt other power sources such as Sony or Panasonic camcorder batteries, I suggest you go with the Eneloop AA』s to keep the unit very small and compact instead of a big rock hanging off the back. For external long duration use, the Z96 even has a DC input to plug into the wall, Crazy! (wall adapter not included).

There were photographers on site also who were really impressed with the Z96 LED light, they kept asking me where to buy it and looked pretty stunned when I mentioned the price. I guess they don't read Cheesycam for the cheap deals we find and share. The photographers used as much natural lighting as possible, but when they saw how we were using the Z96 as a fill light to balance exposure from the backlighting, and also used it as a 『catch light』 in the eyes of the bride during close ups, the photographers were all over it! We also use the LED lights hovering over the brides jewelry when doing close close macro shots. The extra lighting gives an awesome sparkle to rings and provides a white reflection in the silver. I had absolutely no problems with this light. Feels very very solid, the position on the adjustable neck held strong (which was important as we waved the camera around over a wild dancing crowd). I threw this light into my bags as we moved from location to location without worry of cracking or breaking anything. It』s again, really solid.

As demand grows, and as popularity follows on the new Z96 LED video lights, prices are always subject to change. I have no doubt that this will be the most common Video light for any event videographer DSLR or not, and I think it's very cool that they considered using my video review. Awesome

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