The Zhiyun-Tech LED Tube Mild is a brand new mild that boasts some attention-grabbing options. The producer claims that this tube mild is 5 occasions brighter than competing tube lights.
However simply how vivid is it? And is it versatile sufficient for use for portraits, movies, macro, mild portray, and extra? We had been despatched the brand new tube mild and put it by way of some real-world utilization. Discover out what it could actually do on this full assessment.
- Versatile for a lot of photographic and video functions
- Vibrant (100 watt max energy in CCT mode)
- Comparatively light-weight and small
- Top quality RGB and CCT mild
- Simple to make use of
- Can mount on tripod, gimbal, stands, or Joby Gorillapod
- Comparatively compact dimension
- 5-segment battery life indicator
- In case you are use the HSI setting, energy the unit off, then flip it again on, it’ll revert to CCT setting
- No presets
- Controls generally is a little sensitive
Zhiyun-Tech FR100C RGB LED Tube Mild — Technical specs
Specs for the Zhiyun-Tech LED Tube Mild are from the Zhiyun-Tech and B&H web sites:
- Built-in followers stop overheating routinely primarily based on temperature
- Can attain as much as 21,195 lumens at 100W max energy
- Absolutely adjustable 0 to 100% brightness
- RGB adjustment (HSI Mode): Hue 0°~360°; Saturation 0~100%; Depth 0~100%
- Helps 28W quick cost through USB Sort-C
- Utilizing suitable TransMount 120W energy adapter permits for simultaneous use whereas charging (extra price)
- 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)
- Colour 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 Measurement: 1.65′ x 1.81″ x 1.85″ (502 x 46 x 47mm)
- Internet Weight: 2.028 kilos (920g)
Management Heart capabilities
- Dim and CCT button can toggle between brightness or shade temperature adjustment
- HSI button switches between hue, saturation, and depth interfaces for RGB shade
- Max button to activate/off max energy mode
- Energy button might be held down to show mild on/off
Run time primarily based 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 Mild — Ergonomics and construct high quality
Above: The above 4 pictures exhibits the sunshine at totally different brightnesses. The primary two pictures present the sunshine in CCT mode at 4000K at 100% and 50% brightness. The final two pictures present the sunshine set in HSI mode at 222 RGB at 100% and 50% brightness. All 4 pictures had been taken at sundown.
The ergonomics are satisfactory. It doesn’t really feel flimsy however doesn’t really feel just like the plastic casing may deal with a tough fall both. There’s a backside rubber grip facilitating handheld use. The controls additionally really feel satisfactory and reply rapidly when you get used to change between modes.
Zhiyun-Tech FR100C RGB LED Tube Mild — Within the discipline
Ease of use
With out studying the handbook, I used to be in a position to simply change between CCT and HSI modes and modify them. It’s possible you’ll click on on the Max button as soon as to activate CCT Max, which appears absurdly vivid given the scale of the tube mild. Clicking on the button as soon as extra turns off CCT Max.
Turning the management panel dial on any setting lets you modify the parameters. For instance, this can modify brightness or Kelvin setting in CCT mode or hue, saturation or depth in HSI mode. This works fairly nicely though in the event you apply an excessive amount of stress whereas turning the dial, chances are you’ll change the setting.
Annoyingly, if you’re in HSI mode and switch the unit off, it’ll energy again up on CCT mode. Fortunately, in the event you change 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 routinely when wanted. They do make sufficient noise that they choose up on a microphone when three ft away. Nonetheless, 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 vivid 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. Nonetheless, making side-to-side and top-to-bottom changes generally is a little sensitive and might change parameters you didn’t intend.
Compounding that is that the management incorporates a spinning dial to regulate values to parameters. In case you spin the dial however press a little bit too arduous, the management will bounce to a different parameter. A lightweight contact appears to do the trick.
I would favor separate buttons and a separate worth dial. Nonetheless, that may undoubtedly tremendously improve the price of the unit as nicely. So … a light-weight 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 word right here that there isn’t a solution to management this remotely through app or different machine.
That is vivid and straightforward to learn. I by no means had a difficulty determining what it was doing. It shows every mode logically.
Flexibility as standing mild
The tube mild accepts a 1/4″ thread for mounting on a stand. It’s possible you’ll mount it on a gimbal, stand, or tripod.
As a result of I’m inquisitive about what I can get away with, I made a decision to see if I may mount it on a Joby Gorillapod for SLRs. Regardless of the comparatively tall tube mild form, the Gorillapod held agency. This does admittedly make the sunshine seem like one in all Sid’s mutant toys in “Toy Story,” however that’s half the enjoyable. Regardless, utilizing a Gorillapod additionally provides us extra choices and angles. It’s possible you’ll use a Gorillapod to mount the sunshine on the again of a chair, railing, fence put up, or tree department.
This versatile mild might be simply used for macro, product and style/mannequin pictures and rather more. Portrait photographers may seemingly use this as a continuing key, fill or again mild.
Additionally, due to its even lighting, you would use this for lighting your self for YouTube movies or movies on the whole. Because it’s a comparatively small handheld mild, somebody could maintain and transfer the sunshine simply, giving extra choices. And due to how vivid it’s, you actually do have extra choices.
Naturally, as an evening photographer, I needed to check it for mild portray. I’m completely satisfied to report that it does this fairly nicely.
Due to its brightness in addition to each CCT and full-spectrum HSI mild mode, the wand is sort of able to mild portray topics superbly. As with every wand, it’s good at illuminating giant surfaces and areas evenly. This differs from flashlight-type mild portray, which often requires you to maneuver the sunshine round extra to mild paint giant areas with even strokes whereas avoiding “scorching spots.”
CCT mode is significantly brighter than HSI mode. To mild paint the blue and purple variations of the tree pictures 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 think about this to be a difficulty, but it surely bears mentioning.
Mild writing as an LED mild wand
The Zhiyun LED Tube Mild isn’t designed as a “mild writing” wand. Present LED wands typically supply microSD playing cards so that you can retailer patterns for shapes, strobes or different animation modes, shade presets so you may flip from one shade to a different simply, begin up on the identical setting, and so forth.
A typical LED mild wand may be barely lighter though that is positively not heavy. This tube mild is supplied with a vivid mild and 6 cooling followers, so it’s not as svelte as a typical LED mild wand both. Nonetheless, it may be used for one in a pinch, including to its versatility.
As a result of it’s not designed as a light-weight wand, I don’t think about these to be shortcomings. Nonetheless, 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 mild appears to mild the topic evenly. Each the CCT and HSI lights created stunning mild for mild portray. The sunshine makes use of a built-in frosted plastic diffuser. This labored nicely at creating good, even mild with out scorching spots.
I don’t know whether or not it’s 5 occasions brighter than competing tube lights. Nonetheless, I can inform you that it’s absurdly vivid. 21,195 lumens at 100W max energy, in accordance with Zhiyun-Tech.
The sunshine is powered by a six-cell 2600 mAh inner battery with fast 120W PD charging through USB-C. Given how vivid it’s, the sunshine lasts for a very long time. At 25% brightness in CCT, which continues to be slightly vivid, the sunshine lasts for over two hours. I’ve additionally been ready to make use of it as a piece mild and video mild as a result of it produces sufficiently vivid mild for a number of hours. I additionally like that the sunshine affords a five-segmented battery life indicator just like one you may discover on a digicam, offering helpful details about remaining battery life.