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Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash

B&H # SOHVLHFL1 Mfr # HVLHFL1
No Longer Available

The Sony HVL-HFL1 is an on camera video light and flash unit; it allows compatible camcorders to illuminate for video or digital photography. It is lightweight and features automatic functionality.

Combination
This unit works as a flash and continuous light for compatible camcorders. The flash features red eye reduction and flash ready lamp.
Power
Power is supplied by the camcorder, no external batteries are needed.
Automatic
The auto function turns the video light on in dimly lit situations.
Compatibility
All Sony Handycam camcorders, including 3D models.
Lamp Type 3.5 Watt Xenon
Flash ISO100, m
Mount Type Active Interface Shoe
Power Source 7.2 VDC from Camcorder
Power Consumption 3.5 Watts (video light)
Power Connector Power Derived from Camcorder
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.25 x 1.8 x 2.5"
3.15 x 4.7 x 6.25cm
Weight 1.9 oz
52 grams
Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash
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    SonyHVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (10)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Consistent (6)
    • Easy to setup (6)
    • Easy to set up (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial lighting (8)
      • Photography (6)
      • Portraits (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Gets an otherwise impossible photo/video

      Use in VERY dark conditions to take either still photos or videos - avoiding the camera's built in low-light system that makes people look like zombies. Physically small, tucks into corner of CamCorder...Read complete review

      Use in VERY dark conditions to take either still photos or videos - avoiding the camera's built in low-light system that makes people look like zombies. Physically small, tucks into corner of CamCorder bag. Using with Sony's HDR-CX550V video camera. Range is limited to about 10 feet but close ups look great. Highly recommend if you occasionally shoot in very low light conditions and want to get the picture/video. Just slip on Sony's shoe & start shooting - power comes from camcorder battery.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      3 watts isn't enough power, photo light

      My previous video light was 20 watts and I was using a non HD video camera. I was wondering how this new HD camera could function with only 3 watts? Are the new HD...Read complete review

      My previous video light was 20 watts and I was using a non HD video camera. I was wondering how this new HD camera could function with only 3 watts? Are the new HD video cameras that much more light sensitive? The answer is NO! Besides that the HD 16:9 format is much wider. This light works fine if you zoom in on someone blowing out the candles on a cake. But when you have 3 people in the frame the person in the middle has excellent light and the people on sides are kind of dark. Plus this light is only really good for a maximum of 7 feet. The still photo flash is much better that the flash that came on the camera and it is powered by the camera battery to save weight. I am going to keep this light for the flash pictures and purchase the 20 watt light the connects to the tripod hole. It needs a seperate battery and will make the unit a little heavy but it is the only way to get acceptable video inside.

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      Necessary

      By John

      from Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

        A must have for use of any sony camcorder with a wide angle lense attached.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        It works great, price was low

        By John

        from Millersville, Maryland

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

          The product works great both in movie mode and still camera mode.

          Is easy to attach to the camera and requires small space for storage.

          I am happy with the purchase.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Gets an otherwise impossible photo/video

          By Tom T

          from North Augusta, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting

            Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

            Use in VERY dark conditions to take either still photos or videos - avoiding the camera's built in low-light system that makes people look like zombies. Physically small, tucks into corner of CamCorder bag. Using with Sony's HDR-CX550V video camera. Range is limited to about 10 feet but close ups look great. Highly recommend if you occasionally shoot in very low light conditions and want to get the picture/video. Just slip on Sony's shoe & start shooting - power comes from camcorder battery.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            flash very convenient

            By charvin

            from Malta Europe

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Setup

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                fistly I must thank B&H Photo for their constant support and quick response to our questions.
                the product was very useful to me as I do use it on my sony camcorder. However, keep a spare battery when using a lot the video light. I must also say the light only cover a short distance but mainly I use it only as separete flash for photos.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Solid light/flash combo

                By LiquidG

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy Setup
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                  I'd rate it 5-star, but its only been 2 weeks of semi-regular use.

                  The light/flash is easy to install and use, particularlly with the slider on the side. The secure lock (which you turn) takes a little getting used to (it eventually 'clicks' into place).

                  Only real complaint is the soft cloth bag that comes with the light/flash. It's just that - a soft cloth bag, larger than it needs to be and offers no real protection in case of an accidental drop.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  1.0

                  3 watts isn't enough power, photo light

                  By aceman

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Small powered by camera

                  Cons

                  • Not enough light

                  Best Uses

                  • Close-ups only

                  Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                  My previous video light was 20 watts and I was using a non HD video camera. I was wondering how this new HD camera could function with only 3 watts? Are the new HD video cameras that much more light sensitive? The answer is NO! Besides that the HD 16:9 format is much wider. This light works fine if you zoom in on someone blowing out the candles on a cake. But when you have 3 people in the frame the person in the middle has excellent light and the people on sides are kind of dark. Plus this light is only really good for a maximum of 7 feet. The still photo flash is much better that the flash that came on the camera and it is powered by the camera battery to save weight. I am going to keep this light for the flash pictures and purchase the 20 watt light the connects to the tripod hole. It needs a seperate battery and will make the unit a little heavy but it is the only way to get acceptable video inside.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Works very well and has a good response

                  By Marky Mark

                  from UK

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                    Well worth purchasing for dealing with low light and party situations

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                    4.0

                    Rough on Camera Battery

                    By Tony

                    from VA (mostly), San Jose, CA (currently)

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                      Nice light, but be sure to carry extra camera batteries.

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                      5.0

                      Great little light

                      By Stuart

                      from Edmonton, Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                        Good for close video work, fills in the shadows as desired.

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                        5.0

                        Solid product, performs as advertised.

                        By Jeff

                        from Korea

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                          I use this product for family events. It is small but effective at medium range distances (up to 10 feet). It does zap the battery if used for a prolonged period of time. However, I always carry a spare battery.

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                          5.0

                          Two in one! Great accessories for HD Cam

                          By Gold49K

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography

                          Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                          It's tiny but delivers great result. This is a must have accessories for your HD Camcorder especially if you plan to use Wide Conversion Lens. Although, I have not used this product extensively but as far as I can see I have no negative comments about this product!!!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Video Light a nice accompaniment

                          By The Architect

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Birthdays
                            • Night Video
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                            Good product, very useful with the wide angle lens.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Sony HVL-HFL1 Video Light

                            By MotoPartsRuS

                            from Texas

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Interface With Camcorder
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Shooting Indoors

                              Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                              Sony's Video light works great in low light conditions plus it has a excelent automatic mode responce time. Small but powerful.

                              • How long have you owned it:
                              • A month or less

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              good

                              By rami

                              from Los angeles, CA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                                  good

                                  • How long have you owned it:
                                  • A month or less

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works purfect for me

                                  By Jack

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Parent

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Even Light Source
                                  • Long Lasting

                                  Cons

                                  • A little weak
                                  • Uses Power Quickly

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Birthdays
                                  • Night Video

                                  Comments about Sony HVL-HFL1 Combination Video Light and Flash:

                                  I'm very happy with this product. It's not as big as I expected, but that makes it less trouble to carry around. The best feature is that it utilizes the camera's power so you don't need to wory about charging it separately.

                                  • How long have you owned it:
                                  • One-to-three months

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