The Zhiyun-Tech LED Tube Gentle is a brand new gentle that boasts some fascinating options. The producer claims that this tube gentle is 5 instances brighter than competing tube lights.
However simply how brilliant is it? And is it versatile sufficient for use for portraits, movies, macro, gentle portray, and extra? We had been despatched the brand new tube gentle and put it by way of some real-world utilization. Discover out what it could do on this full evaluate.
- Versatile for a lot of photographic and video functions
- Vivid (100 watt max energy in CCT mode)
- Comparatively light-weight and small
- Prime quality RGB and CCT gentle
- Straightforward to make use of
- Can mount on tripod, gimbal, stands, or Joby Gorillapod
- Comparatively compact measurement
- 5-segment battery life indicator
- If you’re use the HSI setting, energy the unit off, then flip it again on, it can revert to CCT setting
- No presets
- Controls is usually a little sensitive
Zhiyun-Tech FR100C RGB LED Tube Gentle — Technical specs
Specs for the Zhiyun-Tech LED Tube Gentle are from the Zhiyun-Tech and B&H web sites:
- Built-in followers stop overheating mechanically based mostly on temperature
- Can attain as much as 21,195 lumens at 100W max energy
- Totally adjustable 0 to 100% brightness
- RGB adjustment (HSI Mode): Hue 0°~360°; Saturation 0~100%; Depth 0~100%
- Helps 28W quick cost by way of USB Sort-C
- Utilizing suitable TransMount 120W energy adapter permits for simultaneous use whereas charging (further value)
- 1/4″-20 thread for mounting on a gimbal, tripod, or stand
- Battery Capability: Constructed-in Battery 6S/2600MAH
- Charging Time: 2H, 30 min. for PD (20V/1.2A 25W); 2H, 33 min. for DC (24V 25W~28W)
- Shade Temperature Vary: 2700K~6200K
- CCT Mode 6200K/100% Illuminance (LUX): 1200 (in 1 meter)
- Max Energy Mode 4000K/100% Illuminance (LUX): 2200 (in 1 meter)
- TLCI Index: ≥97
- CRI Index: ≥96
- Operation Temperature: -10°~40°
- Product Dimension: 1.65′ x 1.81″ x 1.85″ (502 x 46 x 47mm)
- Web Weight: 2.028 kilos (920g)
Management Heart capabilities
- Dim and CCT button can toggle between brightness or coloration temperature adjustment
- HSI button switches between hue, saturation, and depth interfaces for RGB coloration
- Max button to activate/off max energy mode
- Energy button may be held down to show gentle on/off
Run time based mostly on watts used
- 10W: 5H, 40 min.
- 25W: 2H, 10 min.
- 50W: 1H, 4 min.
- 100W (full energy): 31 min.
Zhiyun-Tech FR100C RGB LED Tube Gentle — Ergonomics and construct high quality
Above: The above 4 images reveals the sunshine at completely different brightnesses. The primary two images present the sunshine in CCT mode at 4000K at 100% and 50% brightness. The final two images present the sunshine set in HSI mode at 222 RGB at 100% and 50% brightness. All 4 images had been taken at sundown.
The ergonomics are ample. It doesn’t really feel flimsy however doesn’t really feel just like the plastic casing might deal with a tough fall both. There’s a backside rubber grip facilitating handheld use. The controls additionally really feel ample and reply shortly when you get used to the way to swap between modes.
Zhiyun-Tech FR100C RGB LED Tube Gentle — Within the area
Ease of use
With out studying the handbook, I used to be in a position to simply swap between CCT and HSI modes and modify them. You might click on on the Max button as soon as to activate CCT Max, which appears absurdly brilliant given the scale of the tube gentle. Clicking on the button as soon as extra turns off CCT Max.
Turning the management panel dial on any setting means that you can modify the parameters. For instance, it will modify brightness or Kelvin setting in CCT mode or hue, saturation or depth in HSI mode. This works fairly effectively though when you apply an excessive amount of strain whereas turning the dial, chances are you’ll change the setting.
Annoyingly, in case you are in HSI mode and switch the unit off, it can energy again up on CCT mode. Fortunately, when you swap it again to HSI mode, it remembers your earlier setting. My workaround is to dial the depth to 0 in order that the sunshine is successfully off.
The followers kick on mechanically when wanted. They do make sufficient noise that they choose up on a microphone when three ft away. Nevertheless, my guess is that almost all people who find themselves utilizing this for video podcasting, YouTube movies and so forth wouldn’t want this at such a brilliant setting that the followers would activate.
The dial/button management is a typical one-piece building. Like all one-piece building controls, they’re conceptually straightforward to make use of. Nevertheless, making side-to-side and top-to-bottom changes is usually a little sensitive and may change parameters you didn’t intend.
Compounding that is that the management incorporates a spinning dial to regulate values to parameters. For those who spin the dial however press slightly too onerous, the management will bounce to a different parameter. A light-weight contact appears to do the trick.
I would like separate buttons and a separate worth dial. Nevertheless, that will undoubtedly vastly improve the price of the unit as effectively. So … a lightweight contact it’s. I did discover that after I used it for some time, I bought a lot better at altering settings with out making errors.
I ought to be aware right here that there isn’t a strategy to management this remotely by way of app or different system.
That is brilliant and straightforward to learn. I by no means had a problem determining what it was doing. It shows every mode logically.
Flexibility as standing gentle
The tube gentle accepts a 1/4″ thread for mounting on a stand. You might mount it on a gimbal, stand, or tripod.
As a result of I’m interested in what I can get away with, I made a decision to see if I might mount it on a Joby Gorillapod for SLRs. Regardless of the comparatively tall tube gentle form, the Gorillapod held agency. This does admittedly make the sunshine seem like considered one of Sid’s mutant toys in “Toy Story,” however that’s half the enjoyable. Regardless, utilizing a Gorillapod additionally offers us further choices and angles. You might use a Gorillapod to mount the sunshine on the again of a chair, railing, fence publish, or tree department.
This versatile gentle could possibly be simply used for macro, product and vogue/mannequin pictures and way more. Portrait photographers might probably use this as a relentless key, fill or again gentle.
Additionally, due to its even lighting, you would use this for lighting your self for YouTube movies or movies typically. Because it’s a comparatively small handheld gentle, somebody could maintain and transfer the sunshine simply, giving extra choices. And due to how brilliant it’s, you actually do have extra choices.
Naturally, as an evening photographer, I needed to take a look at it for gentle portray. I’m joyful to report that it does this fairly effectively.
Due to its brightness in addition to each CCT and full-spectrum HSI gentle mode, the wand is sort of able to gentle portray topics fantastically. As with all wand, it’s good at illuminating massive surfaces and areas evenly. This differs from flashlight-type gentle portray, which normally requires you to maneuver the sunshine round extra to gentle paint massive areas with even strokes whereas avoiding “sizzling spots.”
CCT mode is significantly brighter than HSI mode. To gentle paint the blue and crimson variations of the tree images above, I needed to transfer a lot nearer to the tree and nonetheless depart the sunshine on for twice the size of time to get these outcomes. I don’t take into account this to be a problem, nevertheless it bears mentioning.
Gentle writing as an LED gentle wand
The Zhiyun LED Tube Gentle is just not designed as a “gentle writing” wand. Present LED wands typically supply microSD playing cards so that you can retailer patterns for shapes, strobes or different animation modes, coloration presets so you may flip from one coloration to a different simply, begin up on the identical setting, and so forth.
A typical LED gentle wand is perhaps barely lighter though that is positively not heavy. This tube gentle is supplied with a brilliant gentle and 6 cooling followers, so it’s not as svelte as a typical LED gentle wand both. Nevertheless, it may be used for one in a pinch, including to its versatility.
As a result of it’s not designed as a lightweight wand, I don’t take into account these to be shortcomings. Nevertheless, I really feel that presets would profit anybody it doesn’t matter what they’re utilizing the sunshine for.
High quality of sunshine
Each the CCT and HSI lights are pleasing and have a helpful “throw.” When utilizing it on a stand, I seen that the tube gentle appears to gentle the topic evenly. Each the CCT and HSI lights created stunning gentle for gentle portray. The sunshine makes use of a built-in frosted plastic diffuser. This labored effectively at creating good, even gentle with out sizzling spots.
I don’t know whether or not it’s 5 instances brighter than competing tube lights. Nevertheless, I can let you know that it’s absurdly brilliant. 21,195 lumens at 100W max energy, in line with Zhiyun-Tech.
The sunshine is powered by a six-cell 2600 mAh inner battery with fast 120W PD charging by way of USB-C. Given how brilliant it’s, the sunshine lasts for a very long time. At 25% brightness in CCT, which continues to be reasonably brilliant, the sunshine lasts for over two hours. I’ve additionally been in a position to make use of it as a piece gentle and video gentle as a result of it produces sufficiently brilliant gentle for a number of hours. I additionally like that the sunshine provides a five-segmented battery life indicator just like one you may discover on a digital camera, offering helpful details about remaining battery life.