If you want to expand your lighting kit without overextending your budget, you may want to check out Polaroid’s new LED lights. They seem to be stepping up their game recently as they move into the LED lighting arena. I had some hands-on time with the company Brightsaber, an LED wand which is a modest alternative to Westcott’s much more expensive Ice Light, and if the Brightsaber’s build quality is any indication of what these new LED lights are like, they’re well worth investigating. The lights range in price from $140 for a 350 LED light and accessories (including barn doors) to a $40, 102 LED model, and several models in between. See the press release below for more details. –Theano Nikitas
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – April 27, 2016 – The Polaroid LED camera/camcorder video lighting line is notably powerful and versatile, shining bright where photographers and videographers need it the most. Supporting a number of camera and camcorder models from top brands including Canon, JVC, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony, Polaroid now has the following lighting solutions available for professionals and enthusiasts alike:
- Polaroid 350 ultra high-powered super bright LED camera/camcorder video light with barn doors
The Polaroid 350 LED light features an optional diffusion screen to gently soften light and barn doors to direct the light source. The high-powered 350 dual-color LED beam offers variable brightness controls (from 10% to 100% flicker-free) and color temperature controls (between 3200K and 5600K), usable both indoors and outdoors. It can be powered by lithium-ion batteries or through its own power receptacle, making it a versatile lighting solution for photographers and videographers.
- Polaroid ultra high-powered super bright LED camera/camcorder video light in 312 and 144 LED options
The Polaroid ultra high-powered super bright LED camera/camcorder video light also comes in both a 312 and a 144 dual-color LED arrangement. Both options include variable brightness controls between 10% and 100% and color temperature controls between 3200K and 5600K and are a dimmable, cool-running source ideal for photographers and videographers both indoors and outdoors. The LED lights can be powered via lithium-ion battery or by its own power receptacle. Each model can be attached to a tripod and comes with a diffusion screen for light softening, a built-in camera hot shoe mount and a swivel head adapter. The 312 LED light comes with an additional handgrip for extended shooting options.
- Polaroid 102 LED dimmable camera/camcorder video light
Designed for use with a flash, the Polaroid 102 LED dimmable light has a 102 LED arrangement with variable brightness control from 10% to 100%. It is a pro-grade, high-powered light that offers a cool-running source for photographers and videographers and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It includes four filters for additional creativity – clear diffuser, white, warming and magenta. The flexible Velcro mount system supports most flash models.
Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid 350 LED camera/camcorder video light is available now from Amazon for $159.99 USD and ships with a 350 LED light head, 2 lithium-ion batteries, a dual battery charger, a swivel head mounting adapter, a barn door set, a diffusion filter, a carry case, an AC and DC adapter, a UK and EU plug adapter and a manual.
The Polaroid 312 LED camera/camcorder video light is available now from Amazon for $139.95 USD and ships with a 312 LED light, two lithium-ion batteries, a battery charger, a swivel head mounting adapter, a handgrip for off-camera use, a diffusion filter, a carry case, a UK and EU adapter and a manual. For a full list of Polaroid 312 LED light model options, please visit Amazon.com.
The Polaroid 144 LED camera/camcorder video light is now available from Amazon for $99.99 USD and ships with a 144 LED light, two lithium-ion batteries, a battery charger, a swivel head mounting adapter, a diffusion filter, a carry case, a UK and EU adapter and a manual. For a full list ofPolaroid 144 Led light model options, please visit Amazon.com.
The Polaroid 102 LED dimmable camera/camcorder video light is now available from Amazon for $39.99 USD and ships with a 102 LED light, a swivel head shoe mount and four filters.