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DIYP critiques the SmallRig RC220B LED Gentle – a small however mighty gentle

So, it appears like SmallRig is right here to remain so far as LED lights go, and the RC120 (reviewed here) household received some new double-the-power members – the RC220B and the  RC220D. (These stand for bicolor and daylight).

From what I can inform, it appears that evidently SmallRig refitted the RC120 physique with a extra highly effective LED. And it is a good factor. In case you have any baggage, instances, or kits that you just’ve constructed for the 120, the 220 would really feel proper at dwelling for these.

Primary Options

The RC220B is a Bowens mount, bi-color, COB LED gentle. It has the identical kind issue as different COB lights, and in case you have ever used an Aputure Gentle Storm or a Nanlite FS gentle, you’d really feel proper at dwelling.


Listed below are the options as famous on the SmallRig web site:

  1. At a distance of 1 meter (3.3 ft.), the utmost illuminance of the naked gentle supply is 10,100 lux. The illuminance stage will increase to a formidable 98,700 lux after attaching the hyper reflector.
  2. TLCI 96+, CRI 95+, ultra-high colour rendering, really restore the colour of objects
  3. Helps handbook gentle management and distant management with the SmallGoGo App. Clever gentle management affords colour temperature adjustment and 9 gentle results
  4. Twin energy provide system, assist AC adapter and 14.4V/26V V-mount battery
  5. The noise stage of the ultra-quiet fan is simply 30dB±2dB at 1 meter (3.3 ft.).
  6. When the temperature of the lamp physique exceeds 60℃ (140°F), the energetic warmth dissipation operate is turned on.
  7. Normal Bowens mount: appropriate with most light-control equipment
  8. Comes with a high-quality snowflake fabric transportable storage bag

In comparison with the SmallRig RC120B

As talked about, the sunshine is similar to the RC120B. Really, I might solely spot three variations within the gentle: A blogger COB LED, a distinct marking on the physique (220 vs. 120), and a considerably greater energy provide. In any other case, the kits are equivalent right down to the ability cords and foam fittings within the case.

Now that we’ve each lights, we needed to see how they par, so we measured each with a Sekinic C700 spectrometer. Listed below are the outcomes:

  RC120B RC220B
CCT (@5,600K) 5468 5534
LUX (@1M) 40,200 62,600
CRI 97 97.6
CCi 0.2M 0.2G

Each lights weigh (nearly) the identical: 1,563g for the RC120 vs. 1,654g for the RC220. And even the luggage are equivalent. Not even a mark of the title, only a good daring crimson and again SmallRig emblem.

This is sensible: you pay 27% extra ($329.00 vs. $259.00), and also you get about half a cease extra. Straightforward.

So for all intents and functions, you possibly can have a look at our RC 120B video to see what we take into consideration this gentle.

App Management

On our preliminary RC 120B overview, the app was unavailable to us, however since then, SmallRig has made the app work worldwide, and we might take a look.

The SmallRig utility does precisely what you count on from an LED management app. And it does so in an intuitive and minimalistic manner.

As you’d count on, it helps including/eradicating lights, and grouping them collectively. This enables controlling the lights as individually or grouped collectively.  When you click on a light-weight or a gaggle, you get your normal set of controls: Brightness and Temperature.

You too can go into the consequences mode and choose between Paparazzi, Firework, Lightning, Fault Bulb, TV, Breath, Flash, Get together, and Flame results. And inside every impact, you possibly can management its brightness, temperature, and frequency. Should you just like the bodily controls on the sunshine, you’ll discover the app very straightforward to make use of.

We did get a couple of stability points and wanted to reset the app each occasionally, however I count on SmallRig to enhance the app with time and iron out the bugs.

Must you improve from the RC120B/120D

Contemplating that the RC120 collection is simply two months outdated, I believe it protected to imagine that for those who purchased the sunshine, you’re in all probability pleased with the sunshine output. That mentioned if you’re getting a brand new gentle, getting 150% of the ability for an additional $70 is a no brainer.

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