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Is This LED Light an Aputure Killer?!

Photo Moment - September 17, 2019

Aputure LED lights are very well known and very popular, and for very good reason. They're fantastic. But that doesn't mean the competition isn't biting at their heels… could this light from PIXEL take the crown?

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did the fodavil or pixel can work with the V-mount battery? thank you
I just checked Aputure 120d II discription at B&H and it says, "It consumes a negligible 180W of power while outputting 135,000 lux, equivalent". Your chart says 30,000 lux so why is it different??
PhotoJoseph I see. Thank you so much for your precise explanation! Do you still think C220 is a 120d II Killer?
I'm using the godocs sl60 with an aperture soft box. Lol I guess we are opposite
Amzon Coupon is now for $50 off.
which...is...really...bright...
seems too good to be true.....more light for less money.

Looks like it doesn't go very dim though.
Hey Photo Joseph, question re: the Pixel Fodavil C220 - doesthis lightt require a special heat resistant softbox or would my softbox for strobes be ok... ? thank you..
When I find out I'll let you know....
I found myself out of light power at a industrial shoot using TWO Genaray Powerhouses. We talking here 740 watts of LED power consumption at 100%. These lights are insanely bright, more than the Aputure 300DII. So yes, light output is EVERYTHING.
Formaset LED lights are no match for tungsten and HMI fixtures
Colin Ziemer of course they are. The powerhouse compares to a Joker 800.
And look at this one here! Amazing.
https://youtu.be/SgaQTXGRhw4
Have you ever tried the Godox SL60w, this looks like a good budget option?
@PhotoJoseph yes, that's right, but I don't know the details. But maybe if you use the aputure at 50% power, it might be powerful enough..
One thing about Lux measurement is that it's a point measurement. A light can increase it's Lux measurement just by concentrating all its light in a smaller area with a lens. This can happen even with the same output power.

A better measure of output power is Lumens, which is the sum total output of a light.
Was that coupon only good for one day?
Awesome Video, can you please make a brightness test with no light other than the pixel (at night for example), showing us the brightness at different distances with the settings? For example at 20m, 5m, 1m
Very nice video and nice light as well. I have a few questions, do you know if there is an EU version of it and what’s the name? And about the fan noise, do you think that would be an issue inside a church during a ceremony? Thanks man ✌️
@photoJoseph Are those Airbirds?
Good review.
I was almost there. They lost me on noise level. I use 3-8 lights per shoot. All those fans add up.
@PhotoJoseph Yes, the AC adapter is loud on the original. It isn't a factor when using a battery.
Additionally, the whole thing has been reworked in the 300D II, which is much quieter.
I'm waiting on the 600D anyway.
It probably uses a standard computer fan that you can swap out for a quieter fan. Just make sure the new quieter fan provides enough airflow to cool the COB LED to manufacturer specs. I've done this for a few other cheap chinese lights like the Savage 1000W lights that cost roughly ~$250.
Great video! I love my 120D, and my 300D, but the 300 is DANG loud. I'd love to compare this one to the 300 in terms of brightness!
@PhotoJoseph That is fantastic if true... and I can confirm that the 300 is way brighter, and WAY louder! So loud I often have to build a baffle with pillows on one side to absorb the sound of the fan on the power supply... at least the loud fan isn't on the light itself.
@PhotoJoseph Good call! I'll be sure to click through your link if I order one, thanks again for the great video man!
@Jef Gibbons I'm waiting for your test. Thank you :)
This kind of savings does come down to reliability and of course ability for someone to get a product repaired. If you need to send it to China... well not so much of a bargain. If you haul it to a shoot and expect it to work and it fails in the middle then all the savings are lost. Having said that...while Aputure has a clear warranty/service channel and is even available at local shops they have had some issues with colour accuracy with the need to add on a filter to correct the green cast of some of their lights. I would certainly try out the Pixel if it were readily available. The coupon is long long gone from what I can see but there is a $50 coupon. I am not sure if Photo Joe did any tests for flickering for video. That is obviously pretty important and frankly I would say more important than fan noise. If this puts out this much light it is likely going to be very far from the subject so noise should not be an issue...but flickering is another thing all together. If I can find this locally I will see if I can purchase it. I assume Photo J does not like the Godox SL 60 or even the GVM RGB... both of which are cheaper than the Pixel 220.
I have a "Breaking Bad" Feeling when I watch your video.. 😎
I need more light, bye Aputure...
Great video! That power brick thingy is the ballast :)
I remember when Aputure had a small booth at the back of NAB and I took a chance on them and have loved them ever since. Back then they were considered a "lower build" up-start company as well and look how they've grown. The Fodavil C220 looks like a contender at a great price point. While that obviously doesn't mean that every company will turn out really good products we don't have to dismiss a company just as they are starting out.
SSI reading plz.
This was a very informative video Joseph, I'd actually choose this over the Aperture 120. I'm planning to buy a budget light soon so I wondering if you could do a video on the Godox SL-200W Continuous Video Light.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018NKRQ4Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2G050R0A48Q2U&psc=1
Curious if you have tried different frame rates/shutter speeds to see if there’s flicker?
@PhotoJoseph Please let me know! And if you have an affiliate link for the Godox P120L, throw that in your description or something so I can show some love on both
PhotoJoseph also! I’m thinking it’s a no.. but couldn’t find anything on the topic. V Mount battery option? Thanks!
Good breakdown and review. Competition is always good for growth and for the consumer. That being said Aputure has a serious lead in the market, with new models coming out consistently the previous generation of lights become extremely affordable. I purchased brand new 300d lights via amazon business for $526 each. I also have reservations about watt and lux ratings...There are other lights on the market like the godox and neweer 200w LEDs, that make wild claims, and fail to achieve said specs. I have them, I know. They are inferior to aputure products by a large margin. I suspect this pixel light is similar to those products just packaged into an aputure style body to capitalize on premium pricing.
SUBBED... btw
Been really hesitant on getting an Aputure. But this will fit my budget. Great video!!!
How is your second scene/setup lit? Looks great!
Looks good thanks for intel. Sure wish someone would make some affordable bi-color 250w LED spots.
@10:56 can get a DB meter app for a smart phone and hold same distance away to measure. Also cheap DB meters online. Accuracy TBD.
yeah I thought of that… but didn't. Sorry.
You need music for your videos! Especially a 14-min one. :)
I have the 120d mark ii. I'd like to see a comparison of that with the pixel in terms of output power.
@PhotoJoseph that's the thing, it's hard to go by rated numbers but either way the pixel does look like a good option for the price. I am just curious to see the difference is all. If I were closer to you I'd let you use my mark ii for a comparison.
Control box is key imo and worth the extra money.
I just don’t get how company’s are allowed to do this. I should make every household item in my name change a few thing change the name and be come rich. I think we should tighten up on our copyright laws. It really is stoping people from being innovative.
As far as global copyright it can be stopped by not allowing these manufacturers to sell here. True you can’t stop anyone from copying a shape I just think its many steps backwards in innovation. Instead of copying the exact design they could have came up with an single LED RGB light with that’s bright as the day but is battery powered and light weight. It’s funny because when a company does this it’s almost like after they create this mimic they sit around and wait until the “real company” makes a new invention then they get off there ass and do the same thing with one other upgrade. But hey I’m a realest so I adjust the sails.
PhotoJoseph absolutely
Here's the Clar 120 from Adorama. I have been told that it IS the original 120d repackaged and rebranded for Adorama to market and support. Leaving Aputure to focus on their new models and still make some cash on old designs.

$250 at the moment.

https://www.adorama.com/clilmax120bl.html
Is there, or will there be a bi color version?
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for the response. I Have a lightdome mini. I should be able to use that and just gel it, right? Bowens mount.
@PhotoJoseph Gotcha. That makes a lot of sense. Much appreciated.
Hi Joseph, few questions.Does this flicker and if it doesnt have you tested it at 25,30, 50,60,120 and 250 fps at shutters speeds from 1/50 to 1/8000 ?These cheaper equivalents suffer fork flicker and 90% of the times the companies hide this information.I had situation like this with Nicefoto HA3300 B and extremely difficult situation getting my money back because of the non existing customer service.So can you out your word and say that this is not flickering at shutters speeds up to 1/8000s and have you tested the CRI and noise level at full power?Thanks
Bobby Genev great question, I wouldn’t mind too much if it flickers at 250 FPS. If you find out please let me know
@Visethelegend If it flickers it is not usable video light and I am waiting for tests on here to understand if its usable. I wouldn't commit buying a product that doesn't have transparent specifications.
Bobby Genev that’s why I said that I’m ok at 250fps. Maybe even at 120fps. It’s not unusable, if you are shooting at those frame rates then you probably are shooting high end productions with high budget to rent a better light.
I think I have only filmed at 120fps once so it’s still a very usable light for me.
One plus 2?
I have a question. your link led me to the LED Light called PIXEL C220 but it says FOVIL instead of FODAVIL. It looks exactly the same except the logo and its name. Whats the difference between these two? Please help me sensei...
PhotoJoseph Actually there’s one with “FOVIL” printed on the light itself, and that’s why I’m so confused... If you google “pixel c220” you can find the version with “FOVIL” printed on it instead of “FODAVIL”. Do you know if there’s a difference between those two other than its look?
PhotoJoseph PhotoJoseph PhotoJoseph I’m currently in Asia so that might be the reason why your link took me to “FOVIL” one. I appreciate that if you’d ask manufacture what’s the difference other than it’s name and the print because I’m thinking of buying this light soon. Thank you so much for being kind..
I think the Neewer H2000 200-watt LED light for $200 is an even better light and much less costly.
Anyone compared the Clar line by Adorama?
I just got mine in the mail today. I'm a portrait and fashion photographer so that's my background with lighting and cameras. I tested it outside in broad daylight to see how strong this light is with just the reflector, (no diffusion), and here are my results:


It's 4pm in Detroit, no clouds in the sky, the sun is about 70 degrees in the sky behind my test subject, the PIXEL is at 100% brightness, camera right approximately 1 meter away from subject at a 45 degree angle. I got a perfectly exposed picture at ISO 64, 1/4000th of a second at F 2.8 with my Nikon D810. Technically, I could've gotten an even darker ambient background at 1/6000th of a second if I would've opened up to F1.4, possible even all the way up to 1/8000th of a second. So, this Pixel Fodavil C220 is very bright in pure sunlight.


I would imagine it would be great during golden hour. Also, at 1% on, the LED is too bright to even look at when indoors. At 100% indoors, it is EXTREMELY bright (no scientific testing done besides what I mentioned above) but, for video and photography indoors and outdoors, this is a very great LED light for the price, ( I paid $450 on Amazon).


Now, that being said, there are somethings I don't like. Firstly, the remote doesn't turn the light ON or OFF. You, have to manually turn on the light and manually turn on the remote for them to see each other and for you to bring the brightness up or down. Which it does perfectly fine, especially the 25% button that puts up the power at 25% intervals. Again, I just got this 3 hours ago, still trying to figure everything out. Secondly, the umbrella holder is basically useless as it's underneath the U shaped holder that doesn't tilt at the base of the unit where it sits on the stand. So, when you tilt the light, the umbrella can not tilt in unison. There should've been an umbrella hole at the bottom part of the light itself. So, if you're used to using umbrellas for diffusion, like I am, you're stuck at 90 degrees or nothing. Which means, you'll have to purchase Bowens mounted diffusers. Thirdly, if you want to stop action and/or kill all your ambient light outside (sunlight) at 1/8000th of a second, you may have to shoot wide open at F1.4 ( haven't tested this out yet) but, indoors for studio usage, you'll have zero problems with this issue.


In closing, the Pixel Fodavil C220 is an impressive LED light for both video and photography usage both indoors and outdoors, especially at it's price point of $450. Hope this helps.
Not in the market for something like this but I'd invest in something with good build quality over sheer intensity.
"Here is my review but I didn't download a light meter app to verify and specs nor a split meter",....smh
I missed it, is the "real world review" portion just when you were in it studio(controlled environment) and you said one was at 15% and the other was 55%?
"Here is my comment but I don't understand how in-camera metering works nor how that translates to a real-world test",....smh
You didn't even use the lights in the same place. I think you are entertaining, and I will watch your other videos, but this review sucks.
if you can hear the fans of those lights in any way shape or form on set DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND FIRE THE SOUNDMAN!!!! HE HAS NOOOOO CLUE of how to do sound.!!!
at the end of the day if the price and light quality is the same and the price point is substantial... screw Aperture.
Godox sl60 w is much better.
Only for 120$
Having options is really great, this will keep Aputurer on their toes.
Simple LED knowledge. For example if you run a 300 Watt LED at 50% it is going to be way more efficient (lumens/watt) than running a 150 Watt LED on 100% so I got the Pixel about two weeks ago and I am very satisfied with the light output. The fan starts being loud over 75% power and I never need that much light. Thank you for your review, I accidentally changed my remote settings at the light and thought my remote control stopped working.
Hi I wanted to know how you do that background PowerPoint type presentation.
I think it’s awesome.
We want to add it to our community videography training at our charity.
Thanks.
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