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SonyHVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Reliable (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Easy to setup (5)
  • Attach securely (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Night video (4)
  • Artificial lighting (3)
  • Photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Aspiring film maker (3), Casual photographer (3), Photo enthusiast (3), Tech savvy (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth the money

Excellent in increasing night vision. Clears up grainy night vision video. Use it for Ghost hunting and it makes a BIG difference filming at night outdoors in Graveyards. 3 Watt video is usable...Read complete review

Excellent in increasing night vision. Clears up grainy night vision video. Use it for Ghost hunting and it makes a BIG difference filming at night outdoors in Graveyards. 3 Watt video is usable but the infra-red is what makes this a 5 star. Utilizes power boot, no external power and uses about 10 to 15 % more battery power. Does get hot, but let cool before removing.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

replacement bulb ???

You have to use this light w/ the camcorder infra/red (night shot) and you can see a lot better in total darkness... But only using the infra-red that comes w/...Read complete review

You have to use this light w/ the camcorder infra/red (night shot) and you can see a lot better in total darkness... But only using the infra-red that comes w/ the light,, forget it.. Its pointless... The 3 watt bulb has a lifespan of 100 hours.. I searched everywhere and can't find one so goodluck w/ everybody that have this light... Other than that its really good if you know how to use it...

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5.0

Ghost Hunting must-have

By Stu

from Melbourne, Australia

About Me Aspiring Film Maker

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clever Functional Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Interface With Camcorder
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

Cons

  • Halves Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Shooting Indoors

Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

I use these lights as part of a paranormal investigation crew and they are a perfect combination of infrared and white light.
The auto-on function of the white light is brilliant when walking in and out of dark buildings, and for pitch-black the IR light is ample to capture everything you would not normally see (so long as your camera is set to nightshot mode).
Powered through the accessory shoe is a bonus too as all you need is a spare battery...just to be sure.

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5.0

Awsome Light!!!

By Mike the Ghost Chaser

from Spring Branch, Tx

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

    I am a paranormal investigator, and I use this light with my HDR-CX560v sony video camera. It really improved my nightshot feature on my camera.I love useing this light.

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    • No

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    2.0

    replacement bulb ???

    By Nel

    from San Antonio Texas

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Total darkness

      Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

      You have to use this light w/ the camcorder infra/red (night shot) and you can see a lot better in total darkness... But only using the infra-red that comes w/ the light,, forget it.. Its pointless... The 3 watt bulb has a lifespan of 100 hours.. I searched everywhere and can't find one so goodluck w/ everybody that have this light... Other than that its really good if you know how to use it...

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      • No

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      5.0

      IMPRESSIVE!

      By ChrisNLouisiana

      from Lafayette,LA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Well made and BRIGHT

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Low lightNo light
        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Weddings

        Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

        Much more compact than I expected, and as far as weight goes that is a plus. It's VERY BRIGHT! The IR is also just as bright! Made of high quality material. Get one! You will love it!

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        • No

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        5.0

        VERY HAPPY WITH THIS PRODUCT

        By VERY HAPPY PERSON

        from MIAMI FLA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

          IT WORKED JUST FINE IT CAME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME FOR A WEDDING FOR MY WIFE COUSIN WEDDING

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great For Paranormal Investigations!

          By Julie - RISEUP Paranormal

          from Somerset, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paranormal Investigations

            Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

            I use this light with my Sony HDR-CX560V camcorder for paranormal investigations and it works great!! It's easy to change from low to high lighting as I move from small areas to large areas. No battery so it's one less thing I have to worry about!

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Definitely worth the $$$

            By Steve

            from Ocala, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy Setup
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                The 3 Watt Video Light was a great addition to supplement the IR capabilities of my camera. The light is small and easy to carry in your bag or pocket even for when you might need it. It was a huge difference from the stock IR camera. The only challenge at all was the mounting and removing the light takes a little getting used to. Otherwise it would have been a solid 5 Stars from me!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent Light!

                By JR

                from Merced, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy Setup
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting

                  Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                  I am a videographer who uses my camera mostly for weddings. I do use my camera when I go places, like to Monterey for Spirit West Coast. While there, I had the chance to utilize the light and it worked great! I would recommend this light to anyone!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Top Video Light, Very Easy To Use

                  By keithg1957

                  from Perth, Australia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography

                    Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                    Top Product, Great Design have both light sources in one little component, small but powerful,Highly Recommended for the Night Owls out there.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Works "OK", but a bit weak

                    By Roggie Rotten

                    from Billings, MT

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Inconsistent Output
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting

                      Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                      This video light works OK, but doesn't even come close to providing the IR at 60 feet that it is advertised for. I use it in the "normal" mode for family settings and "try" to use it for wildlife or pets in the IR mode.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Must have item

                      By Shark

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Low light indoor use

                        Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                        I recently took video of my daughters graduation ceremony from Kindergarten. I thought I would get better video if I shot from the balcony. That way I wouldn't get the other parents heads. I attached the Sony Video light to my camcorder, and I have to tell you... this had to be the best video I'd every taken. What's great about it is...it's so simple. You just attach it to your handycam, set it to auto, and forget about it. Thank you Sony for another great product.

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                        4.0

                        Extremely High Power IR

                        By Fisheyland

                        from Sacramento CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                            Love this light. The IR in this light is amazing. It has 9 IRs plus the 1 on your camera. This makes it great if you have a large wide angle lens that blocks your IR. with this you can get every inch of your view. The only downside is when using the light in practice it drains your battery extremely fast so be sure to carry a spare.

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                            4.0

                            Glad I got it.

                            By Daddyg

                            from Hartford, CT

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Even Light Source
                            • IR is excellent

                            Cons

                            • Uses Power Quickly

                            Best Uses

                            • Birthdays
                            • Night Video
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                            Bought it for general use indoors. The IR capabilities are a great plus. Very light weight and small size make it easy to take anywhere.

                            The one issue is battery life. It does use up battery power.

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                            4.0

                            Nice!!!

                            By Joao PCC

                            from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Video
                            • Professional Work

                            Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                            Very good IR lights. The normal light could be better, it has that spot in the center that is too bright.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Well worth the money

                            By Wyoming Paranormal Research Society

                            from Cheyenne, Wyoming

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, AudioVideo Technician, Paranormal Investigator, Parent, Tech Savvy

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Even Light Source
                            • Great Outdoors at night
                            • Long Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • ghost hunting
                            • Night Video

                            Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                            Excellent in increasing night vision. Clears up grainy night vision video. Use it for Ghost hunting and it makes a BIG difference filming at night outdoors in Graveyards. 3 Watt video is usable but the infra-red is what makes this a 5 star. Utilizes power boot, no external power and uses about 10 to 15 % more battery power. Does get hot, but let cool before removing.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            worth every penny!!!

                            By Dan

                            from Williamstown, NJ

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • nothing i can think of

                            Best Uses

                            • ghost hunting
                            • Night Video

                            Comments about Sony HVL-HIRL 3 Watt Video Light:

                            To say the product was needed for my night filming is an understatement. There would be no filming without it. Had it not been for the ir illuminator, I would have to delayed the entire shoot. My night was a success because of it.

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

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