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Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light

B&H # SOHVL20DW2 Mfr # HVL20DW2
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Product Highlights
  • Uses L Series Sony Batteries

The Sony HVL-20DW2 Video light is switchable between 10W and 20W. Designed to mount onto the camcorder's accessory shoe, the HVL-20DW2 provides 10W operation when used with an NPF-550 InfoLithium battery, and 20W operation when used with NP-F750 or NP-F960 InfoLithium batteries (batteries must be purchased separately).

Note! Camcorders without an accessory shoe require the optional VCT-S30L shoe bracket.

Sony NPF-730, NPF-750, and NPF-950 batteries are the only ones that will work in the 20W mode.

Dual Operation
10 Watts or 20 Watts can be selected by the user.
Lamp Type 10 Watts x2
XB-20DX
Mount Type Accessory Shoe
Power Source 1x - L Series Info-lithium Battery (Battery not included)
Power Consumption 10 / 20 Watt selectable
Power Connector L Series Info-lithium Battery Connector
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1 15/16 x 2 5/8 x 4 5/8"
4.8 x 6.4 x 11.5cm
Weight 0.09 lbs
100 grams
Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light
  • 90 Day Parts,
    1 Year Labor Warranty
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    SonyHVL-20DW2 20W Video Light
     
    4.1

    (based on 93 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (34)
    • Attach securely (24)
    • Easy to setup (21)
    • Even light source (20)
    • Easy to use (18)

    Cons

    • Runs hot (8)
    • Uses power quickly (7)
    • Heavy (5)
    • Flimsy (4)
    • Flimsy design (3)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (39)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Night video (14)
    • Professional work (14)
    • Artificial lighting (12)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        45% 

        (5 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Film professional (16), Tech savvy (13), Aspiring film maker (7), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fantastic Light!

    I got this light to compliment my recently purchased Sony NX5U. I have not been disappointed. The dual light output of this product will easily light up subjects that are 15 to 20 feet...Read complete review

    I got this light to compliment my recently purchased Sony NX5U. I have not been disappointed. The dual light output of this product will easily light up subjects that are 15 to 20 feet away.

    The lights are definately bright, almost blinding. If you're planning on shooting people with this, I recommend getting some vellum paper from your local crafts store and making a diffuser for it. They usually sell 2 or 3 different "weights". Get one of each and try them out. I did this for a couple bucks and taped it, using 2 strips of painters tape (no residue left when removed), to the light. Think of it being "U" shaped with the legs of the U being about 1/4" per side to allow the paper to be placed a bit away from the front of the light (because it gets hot!) Also by not being right on the glass, it helps diffuse the light more.

    You'll want to make sure and white balance after doing this cheap-o diffuser technique because it definately changes the color temp. (This same kind of technique works great for diffusing on-camera DSLR pop up flashes too!)

    When diffusing the light with vellum, you'll lose quite a bit of your effective range. In my limited testing, I'd say you'll want to be within 6' to 10' of your subject.

    In conclusion I like this light so much, I'm probably going to get at least one more, so I can add some backlighting for wedding shots like the cake cuttings and to help add some light to the dance floor for the first dance and bouquet and garter toss etc.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good light output, needs improvement

    This light puts out quite a bit of light. On camera does give good lumens to around 15 feet. You could always do better for light, but actually went back to this light...Read complete review

    This light puts out quite a bit of light. On camera does give good lumens to around 15 feet. You could always do better for light, but actually went back to this light after trying LED lights. The drop off on LED is quite significant! Halagens give a bit more broadcast for the buck! One major flaw in this item is that is does not have a battery indicator, so you have no idea how much battery is left when using the light. If you use both the top and bottom lamp, the bottom lamp will turn off when battery is low, but it sure would be nice to know exactly how much time is left on the battery while you are using. Its M series counterpart had a lighted gage that showed battery life, but this one has nothing?? Needs to be added in future! This item is a bit pricey when you truly think about the fact that you will get only about 100 hours out of it. That is about [$] per hour of use?? But overall not bad, considering the alternatives. If you buy one, get it at B&H, they have the lowest costs around! I checked!

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    5.0

    Yes

    By Ash Ketchum

    from Michigan

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attach Securely
    • Even Light Source
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Runs Hot
    • Uses Power Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Skateboarding
    • Vx1000

    Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

    The only light for the VX. Gets a little hot but thats what the vents are for. You'd be stupid to not buy this.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Money well spent

    By Baby Gap

    from Torrance, CA

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Interested Techy, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attach Securely
    • Even Light Source
    • Powerful
    • Runs On Vx Batteries
    • Sony
    • Very bright

    Cons

    • Almost Blinding
    • Uses Power Quick On 20w

    Best Uses

    • Anything At Night Or Dark
    • Birthdays
    • Night Video
    • Professional Work
    • Special Events
    • Weddings

    Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

    I use this light in order to light up spots when I am filming after the sun goes down or if I need more light to shoot a photo or film. It may look small but its a beast of a little guy. It throws so much light even on just 10 watts (1 bulb) and 20 watts (2 bulbs)? If its pitch black or really dark it'll light up the spot like its daytime. It may be a tad pricey but its money well spent. Plus its by a brand that I trust whole-heartedly; Sony.

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    • No

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    5.0

    A must have

    By fvreporter

    from houston, texas.

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attach Securely
    • Even Light Source
    • Long Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Birthdays
      • Night Video
      • Professional Work
      • Special Events
      • Weddings

      Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

      I am an international correspondent from Televisa Netowork, the world's largest, most watched spanish language television network. I trabel throughout the united states, and the world, so I need to be versatile. This light, not only is a breaze to travel with, but it also allows me to shoot in broadcast quality images, and in a very user friendly, water proof matter.

      I recomend this product whole heartedly.

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      4.0

      excellent

      By john

      from georgia

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attach Securely
      • Even Light Source
      • Long Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • Night Video
      • Special Events

      Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

      excellent

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good Light, But Past it's Time

      By DG3

      from Bakersfield

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

          I've had a couple of these lights over the last few years. For what they do, they work well. However, Sony hasn't upgraded this design in nearly a decade. The plastic shoe is still woefully weak. And once that breaks, the light becomes a paperweight.

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          • No

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          5.0

          I love this product!

          By Fiona

          from Cairns Australia

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attach Securely
          • Can hand hold it
          • Even Light Source
          • Fits in hotshoe of camera
          • Lightweight
          • Portable
          • Small size
          • Soft wrap around light
          • Super easy to use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings

            Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

            I love this product. I did a lot of research before purchasing it and read all the reviews. I love that it is lightweight and very portable. It produces a light that is just perfect for use in weddings. It takes up minimal room in my camera bag. Often there is so much to carry around but its small size and light weight means I am more likely to bring it with me and use it instead of larger heavier lights. With this great light I can either hand hold it with one hand shining the light where I want it to go and with the other hand holding the camera take the photo. I can also put it in the hot shoe of my Canon 5D Mark II. I can use it for detail shots in the getting ready stages, portraits of the couple in location photos and details shots at the reception. Often the cake is in a dark spot where there is no light but by using this video light I can get some lovely light on the cake. I get a lovely wrap around light without the harsh effect you can get with flash. I can use just the one light or the two for a stronger light.
            I also purchased the Pearstone PEASONPFM50 Compact AC/DC Battery Charger for Sony NP-FM & NP-FL Series and Pearstone PEBPSF975 NP-F975 L-Series Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 7200mAh) because they were a reasonable amount cheaper and am also happy with these products. I can even charge the battery in the car which is terrific.
            Oh one more thing - it's not clear from the specifications how many batteries you need to buy - it's just one.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Not bright enough.

            By Justine B.

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Even Light Source
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Uses Power Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Professional Work

            Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

            I had to return this lamp because it just didn't give off enough light, even at 20 watts.

            Also, if you run it consistently at 20 watts — the full battery only last 40 minutes.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            I would this product again and again"

            By Jairo

            from Miami

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Even Light Source
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Birthdays
              • Night Video
              • Weddings

              Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

              It's not a very powerful light but it does a good job when you want to be unobstrusive.

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              • No

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              5.0

              HVL-20W2 20W Sony Light

              By Petergriffincrew

              from Springfield, VA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Long Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Video
                • Professional Work
                • Special Events

                Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                Very bright/strong light when used with the NP-F970 L-Series battery; allows you to light in either 10w or 20w settings.

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                5.0

                Excellent Product

                By Deci

                from Southern New Jersey

                About Me Amateur

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Even Light Source
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Interviews
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                  This light is lightweight and doesn't take much room in my camera bag. It effectively eliminates shadows of the subject and I would recommend it.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  good product, but....

                  By mprilla

                  from san francisco, ca

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                      The product is pretty nice, even for the DSLR.
                      But the battery is heavy, and expensive. And I didn't know that I had to get a battery charger as well... oh well....

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Quick & Easy

                      By Anthony Broadcast Cameraman

                      from Cape Town South Africa

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good in Low Light

                      Cons

                      • Face Falls Off Easily
                      • Long To Charge
                      • Runs Very Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • Interviews At Events

                      Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                      Very bright and in your face,throw a trace over this small light and it fills for interviews well,i use it alot for interviews at events where sometimes you have time contraints or it is difficult to run power for a proper interview set-up! Buy the charger kit and another battery for this light so u can still use your PD 170 Battery! I bought the generic battery and charger and works fine with this light.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nice light

                      By D&B Visions

                      from Temecula, CA

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                        I've never used a light before, but since this came free with the Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder package, I figured I'd try it out. It's awesome! The ability to use one or two lights for different situations is great, and the fact that it accepts my three different sizes of Sony camcorder batteries means I can use some of my old camcorder batteries with it. It does use up alot of juice using the two light mode, but that was to be expected.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great light

                        By Chase

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light

                        Cons

                        • Awkward on switch

                        Best Uses

                        • Low Light
                        • Skateboarding

                        Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                        Super easy to use, and it's great that it uses the same batteries as my camera (sony vx2100).

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great for what it is.

                        By Rose Ministries

                        from Burgin KY

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                          Small light...didn't expect anymore from it than what it is supposed to do. Seems to be pretty narrow on the beam width, but if you need just direct light to cover a subject within 10 feet, it will do in a pinch.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Light without a battery belt.

                          By Richmond Ripper

                          from Lynchburg, VA

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good in Low Light

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                            Great for a quick lighting situation.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fantastic Light!

                            By KR Productions

                            from Decatur, AL

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright Light
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good range

                            Cons

                            • Gets hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                            I got this light to compliment my recently purchased Sony NX5U. I have not been disappointed. The dual light output of this product will easily light up subjects that are 15 to 20 feet away.

                            The lights are definately bright, almost blinding. If you're planning on shooting people with this, I recommend getting some vellum paper from your local crafts store and making a diffuser for it. They usually sell 2 or 3 different "weights". Get one of each and try them out. I did this for a couple bucks and taped it, using 2 strips of painters tape (no residue left when removed), to the light. Think of it being "U" shaped with the legs of the U being about 1/4" per side to allow the paper to be placed a bit away from the front of the light (because it gets hot!) Also by not being right on the glass, it helps diffuse the light more.

                            You'll want to make sure and white balance after doing this cheap-o diffuser technique because it definately changes the color temp. (This same kind of technique works great for diffusing on-camera DSLR pop up flashes too!)

                            When diffusing the light with vellum, you'll lose quite a bit of your effective range. In my limited testing, I'd say you'll want to be within 6' to 10' of your subject.

                            In conclusion I like this light so much, I'm probably going to get at least one more, so I can add some backlighting for wedding shots like the cake cuttings and to help add some light to the dance floor for the first dance and bouquet and garter toss etc.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Purchased for 2nd catchlight

                            By photoman

                            from IL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Inconvenient Power switch

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Fill light
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                            I use these lights for fill. Great when you need total portability especially on location. Lightweight and decent quality as well.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Brighting My World

                            By Oscar the Photo-shooter

                            from Cicero,IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                              all I can state regarding the Video light is that it is a perfect resource to create incredible video. I would highly recommend it for it is worth its price and one will not regret its purchase. the light video is like a helper, perhaps an assistant ,that is there 24/7.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again if I need

                              By Amaya

                              from PAmplona. Spain

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Spain

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Sony HVL-20DW2 20W Video Light:

                                I use this product for video reports

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                                • Yes

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                                • You Pay: $59.99
                                 

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