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Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light - for Advanced Accessory Shoe Camcorders

B&H # CAVL3 Mfr # 3175A002
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The Canon VL-3 3 Watt Video Light attaches to the hot shoe on the camcorder. Powered directly by the camcorder's power source. Therefore, no cables are required.

Compatible Camcorders
This light is compatible with the following camcorders; OPTURA 40, OPTURA 30, OPTURA Xi, Optura Pi, ZR50mc,ZR30mc, GL2, OPTURA 20/10, Elura 70, Elura 65.
Automatic
Set to automatic, it acts like your own digital crewmember, turning the light on or off as it is needed. Or, turn it on for continuous lighting.
Lamp Type 3 Watt
Halogen
Mount Type Advanced Accessory Shoe
Power Source Camcorder Through Advanced Accessory Shoe
Power Consumption 3 Watt
Power Connector Advanced Accessory Shoe
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 2"
3.2 x 4.1 x 5.2cm
Weight 1 Ounce
30 grams
Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light - for Advanced Accessory Shoe Camcorders
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    4.1

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attach securely (18)
    • Even light source (13)
    • Long lasting (13)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

    • Uses power quickly (4)

    Best Uses

    • Night video (13)
    • Birthdays (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Professional work (8)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (11), Film professional (9), Aspiring film maker (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Light Works as Advertised

    I use the Canon VL-3 with my Canon HD camcorder. The light was not designed to illuminate the entire room, but rather to provide enough additional light to make the video acceptable....Read complete review

    I use the Canon VL-3 with my Canon HD camcorder. The light was not designed to illuminate the entire room, but rather to provide enough additional light to make the video acceptable. There are times when inside light appears to be sufficient, but when looking at the video, there is grain due to the lack of sufficient light. The VL-3 provides enough diffused light to reduce or eliminate the grain.The Canon VL-3 is well-built and it's small, partly due to the fact that it uses the camcorder's battery rather than its own.I use a larger battery for my camcorder. Therefore, I can use the light for longer periods of time, before the battery needs recharging.As mentioned in the Review Headline, this light works as advertised, and I am satisfied with its performance.[...]

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    Wimpy Light

    Not a very good on camera light. It is alright but doesn't do much at all (only 3 Watts) and is barely better than my HV30's onboard light. If I ever were...Read complete review

    Not a very good on camera light. It is alright but doesn't do much at all (only 3 Watts) and is barely better than my HV30's onboard light. If I ever were to use it, however, I would not (with my current setup) be able to with my Rode VideoMic at the time time as there is only one hotshoe. My advice to you is that if you seriously want an on-camera light, go for a more expensive and powerful model.

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    5.0

    Genuine Canon on-camera light

    By Photoman

    from Cottonwood, AZ

    About Me Photo-videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Small And Camera Powered

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Head Shoulder Video
      • Professional Work

      Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

      Perfect for filling face shadows and creating catchlights.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Product and Excellent Service

      By Elinverbe

      from Reidsville, NC

      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 Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

        This company has the more efficient customer service! Very fast shipping very corteus service! Excellent Products!!! AAA+++

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        • No

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        5.0

        Powerful little guy

        By KnottyJae

        from Crofton MD

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Birthdays
          • Night Video
          • Special Events

          Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

          I use this for my GL2 (old school, I know) and it does just what I need it to do. And to my delight, it has an auto detect to initiate the light to turn on in dark areas so I do not have to worry about it. This thing has a lot of power which brightens up my subjects nicely. A lot of bang for your bucks.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good light

          By Steve

          from Seattle

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attach Securely
          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Special Events
            • Weddings

            Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

            Use this light for events with my HV30 for the tighter shots 6-10 feet. Not so bright so subject wince or duck for cover. Light not suited for wide shots, very directional. Not good for any distance beyond 10 feet. Great for doing a dimm wedding reception dances - gives me just enough light to keep the gain noise down on my HV30. Works as designed - if you just need a slight light bump for your tighter shots this light works well. If you want to light up the whole dance floor look for another light.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great lighting

            By 5kgal

            from Fairfax, VA

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

              Everything was right. Great lighting, perfect size and weight, doesn't seem to use up alot of the battery and you can't beat the price.

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              4.0

              Great Addition to Camcorder

              By 2 LITER

              from Baltimore, Maryland

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Even Light Source

              Cons

              • Uses Power Quickly

              Best Uses

              • Birthdays
              • Night Video

              Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

              Light challenged area. Good for close use only!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great little light

              By Burchwatter

              from Monroe, Mi

              About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Even Light Source
              • Long Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                I use this light on the Canon HV40 camcorder during wedding receptions. It is bright enough to shoot in very low light situations, but doesn't blind people when they see it. Plus, it doesn't drain the battery. I own two of them and the price has significantly dropped since the first one I bought. I would recommend this to anybody with a camera that has the Canon smart shoe accessory.

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                • No

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                1.0

                Okay but not the greatest

                By estevieb

                from Hollister, CA

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Uses Power Quickly

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                    I tried using the light for a reception hall taping but instead was lucky enough for the couple to be dancing in the spotlight the whole time. It is not as strong as a headlamp, but for the price it is cheap. I got what I paid for.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great addition for video projects

                    By wlm_1

                    from Baldwin N.Y

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Birthdays
                    • Night Video
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                    Indoor filming so much better as well as outdoor night projects. Easy to use. I purchased product after 3years, big mistake should have done it sooner. Great addition to canon ZR70

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Easy to use

                    By MG

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                          I just purchased this video light and so far works great

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                          3.0

                          Good addition to my equipment bag

                          By John

                          from Grosse Pointe, MI

                          About Me Advanced amateur

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Compact size
                          • Even Light Source

                          Cons

                          • Low light output

                          Best Uses

                          • Birthdays
                          • Interviews
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                          I used it at a wedding yesterday, and it was helpful on a dimly lit dance floor. It made the difference between a usable and unusable shot. The range wasn't so great, but I expected that from other reviews. A couple more watts would make it much more helpful.

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                          4.0

                          Added quality to my shoot

                          By aspiring videoagrapher

                          from Columbus , Ohio

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Video
                            • Professional Work
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                            I ordered the light to use on board for my Canon XL2 at an engagement party. The pary was inside a night club. Very dim lighting. The extra light was a necessity.

                            The light put out a pretty good amount of light for its size. Subjects need to be within 8 feet, and 4 feet to be lit well.

                            The only thing I did not like was the shadows that it casts on your subjects. It was very tricky getting good shots due to the shadows that fell on shoulders, arms of my subjects. I would say the light source was not that even.

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                            5.0

                            VERY PLEASED

                            By CAPT. DAN

                            from LAS VEGAS, NV.

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Even Light Source
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Video
                              • Professional Work
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                              I was very pleased with the field of light provided. It is great for interviews, close-ups, and walk-ups. My first usage was with street walking scenes where the subject came into the shot and walked by. My primary use has been for music video. Unit is smaller than I anticipated, thereby the light provided is greater than you would think. My usage is on the CANON XL2.

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                              4.0

                              In door close up.

                              By BuddyR

                              from Burbank,Ca.

                              About Me Video Amature

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Even Light Source
                              • Long Lasting

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Birthdays
                              • Closeups

                              Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                              This tiny light fits great on my camcorder.It's great for close ups that's what it was made for. Don't expect it to light up a room. It also turns it self on and off only when it's needed when attached to my Canon HV30,that's a major plus.. Love the light.

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                              5.0

                              Light Works as Advertised

                              By Thomas

                              from Charlotte, NC

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                                  I use the Canon VL-3 with my Canon HD camcorder. The light was not designed to illuminate the entire room, but rather to provide enough additional light to make the video acceptable. There are times when inside light appears to be sufficient, but when looking at the video, there is grain due to the lack of sufficient light. The VL-3 provides enough diffused light to reduce or eliminate the grain.The Canon VL-3 is well-built and it's small, partly due to the fact that it uses the camcorder's battery rather than its own.I use a larger battery for my camcorder. Therefore, I can use the light for longer periods of time, before the battery needs recharging.As mentioned in the Review Headline, this light works as advertised, and I am satisfied with its performance.[...]

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                                  5.0

                                  Does the trick!

                                  By tidepoolpictures

                                  from Santa Barbara, CA

                                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Video
                                    • Professional Work
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                                    I am using this light on my GL2. My first time out with it was a twilight wedding - it was the perfect amount of light to get a sharp, clear picture. What a difference using this light makes! I next used it for a "talking head" set up for a daytime, outdoor interview. It evened out the light and eliminated shadows on my subject's face.
                                    This light is a great value for the price, and works wonderfully! I just wish my camera had two shoes (!!) but I'll be placing my mics in other spots, because I intend to use this light often!

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                                    2.0

                                    almost useless

                                    By MCV

                                    from NJ, USA

                                    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely

                                    Cons

                                    • Weak light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Close range objects

                                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                                    Good if you need to light up a face or object at close range (2 feet). Otherwise, you find very little use for this light.

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                                    2.0

                                    Wimpy Light

                                    By Riley WK.

                                    from New York

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy
                                    • Uses Power Quickly

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Video
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                                    Not a very good on camera light. It is alright but doesn't do much at all (only 3 Watts) and is barely better than my HV30's onboard light. If I ever were to use it, however, I would not (with my current setup) be able to with my Rode VideoMic at the time time as there is only one hotshoe. My advice to you is that if you seriously want an on-camera light, go for a more expensive and powerful model.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Camera Mount fill light

                                    By Totally Oblivious

                                    from Rochester, Michigan

                                    About Me Film Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Even Light Source
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                    • Not good for a large room

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                                    An excellent camera mounted light. Not to bright to be blinding, but just enough fill with some side lighting to get the perfect shot. Not the light for the Videographer who wants to shoot the entire room or a long distance group shot. But then it's size give that away to begin with. It does what it size, value and wattage indicates. For those uses it is perfect.

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                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again and again

                                    By mvpay[@]

                                    from Europa

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Canon VL-3 On-Camera 3 Watt Video Light:

                                    Compact and work perfect!

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