Canon VL-5 On-Camera 5 Watt Video Light

Canon VL-5 On-Camera 5 Watt Video Light

Canon VL-5 On-Camera 5 Watt Video Light

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  • Compatible with Several Canon Camcorders
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The Canon VL-5 5 watt video light attaches to specific mini advanced shoes on high definition camcorders. This light is powered directly by the camcorder's power source so no batteries or cables are needed.

Compatible Camcorders
This light is compatible with the following Canon camcorders: VIXIA HF G10, VIXIA HF M30, VIXIA HF M300, VIXIA HF M301, VIXIA HF M31, VIXIA HF M32, VIXIA HF M40, VIXIA HF M400, VIXIA HF M41, VIXIA HF S10 Dual Flash Memory, VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory, VIXIA HF S11 Dual Flash Memory, VIXIA HF S20, VIXIA HF S200, VIXIA HF S21, VIXIA HF S30, VIXIA HF10 Dual Flash Memory, VIXIA HF100 Flash Memory, VIXIA HF11 Dual Flash Memory, VIXIA HF20 Dual Flash Memory, VIXIA HF200 Flash Memory, VIXIA HF21, VIXIA HG20 Hard Disk Drive, VIXIA HG21 Hard Disk Drive
Set to automatic, it acts like your own digital crew member, turning the light on or off as it is needed or turn it on for continuous lighting.
UPC: 013803099928
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Canon VL-5 On-Camera 5 Watt Video Light
  • Light Housing
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Canon VL-5 specs

    Lamp Type 5W (Halogen)
    Mount Type Mini Advanced Shoe
    Power Source Camcorder Through Mini Advanced Shoe
    Power Consumption 5W
    Power Connector Mini Advanced Shoe
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 1 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 2" (3.2 x 4.1 x 5.2cm)
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.0 x 3.2"

    Canon VL-5 reviews

    VL-5 On-Camera 5 Watt Video Light is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Convenient but limited range This light is convenient because it uses the special mini-accessory shoe provided on the Canon HFG10. It draws power from the camcorder battery, making it small an light. You can toss it into your gear bag and always have it without having to worry about carrying yet another battery and charger. It is a small, 5 watt light however. This makes it good for filling it a face when shooting a backlit subject, or providing some illumination in dark environments. It is not a replacement for studio lights! If you want to light objects that are far away, or fill an entire room, it is simply too small. Use it as it was intended, and you will be happy.
    Date published: 2012-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most powerful submini shoe light Canon is making 2 lights for the submini shoe - the vl-5 (this one) which is 5 watts and another newer model which includes a strobe and video light in one housing (vl2+2? - NOT SURE). The big differences are that the VL-5 is a true 5 watt lamp and has good color rendition when used indoors. Their other model has a 3 watt lamp instead and includes a small strobe above it which is about the same size as the built in popup strobe that works while the vl-5 is attached. I opted for the vl-5 since the other model did not offer much beyond the builtin strobe, but was only 3 watts in video light mode as opposed to 5. Note using this light will cut your battery record times in half, so order it with the bp-827.
    Date published: 2009-07-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from VL-5 Video Light - 3W not 5 W The video light that I received came in packaging labeled VL-5 by Canon but it does not look like the picture and it clearly states on the Canon packaging this: Main Specifications - Bulb: 5.7 V/3 W- Weight: Approx. 43g - Power Consumption: 3.3 W So, what I received is labeled as a Canon VL-5, doesn't look like the picture on any websites I visit, including B & H and clearly states it is 3 W instead of 5 W. I'm not happy with the discrepancies. Not sure what I think of how it performs either. I need to put on my TV screen to check it out further. This was a gift I'd requested to go with my M30 video camera.
    Date published: 2010-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small Little Essential Light An essential if you are shooting indoor parties with low light. The power output is enough to light up about 3-4 meters in front of the camera without blinding people. I used it for wedding and event videography. Only con is that because I use a wide angle converter (WD-H37II WIDE-CONVERTER LENS), light fall-off is visible but bearable. Get a BP-827 BATTERY PACK (2670mAH) if you intend to shoot with this light. Lasts for about 2h with the larger capacity battery pack. With the original batt for Canon HF10, it will lasts about 40-30 min only.
    Date published: 2009-09-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Small, Convenient, not very usable Although this functions as advertised, for general video work around the house or indoors, the range is very limited, and it is not good for much other than for minimal fill within about 8 feet in range on a Canon HF-S10. If you want a light to use indoors over about 8 feet in range with normal lighting in a typical home, get something with more capability.
    Date published: 2009-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lights, Camera, Action This 5 watt light takes all the guess work out of filming. The auto mode on the light kicks on when there is not enough natural light to achieve brilliant picture quality. No more grainy under illuminated home videos. Easy to attach and doesn't drain the camera battery as quickly as past lights I've used.
    Date published: 2010-12-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Compact but needs more power compact & light weight but needs more power. Ok for close video shots as and added light source for 5 feet or less. One big problem when the light is attached to the advanced shoe its difficult to shoot a still shot,your finger has to get around the flash.It takes some getting used to.
    Date published: 2010-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Light Kit I use this product on a Canon Vixia HG20 camcorder. It adds bright light to interior video shooting where light is minimal. The VL-5 is light, easy to attach and has a bright output.
    Date published: 2009-09-25
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