Commlite CM-L50 LED Video Light: An In-Depth Review

by | Apr 14, 2019 | Gear and Reviews

This small, yet powerful light has been a recent addition to my gear, and I’ve spent some time testing it out. Let’s dive into the details of what this light offers and how it can be a game-changer for your video production needs.

Unboxing and First Impressions

What’s in the Box?

  • LED Light: The CM-L50 itself, which is surprisingly compact, about the size of a credit card and slightly over a centimeter thick.
  • Diffusers: Three colored diffusers (white, cool blue, and tungsten orange) for different lighting effects.
  • Mounts: A mobile phone mount and a couple of attachment brackets including a cold shoe mount.
  • Charging Cable: A USB to micro USB cable for charging.

Build Quality and Design

  • Build: Plastic body with a metal thread at the bottom for attaching to tripods or light stands.
  • Controls: Simple power and brightness (+/-) buttons, and a microUSB port for charging.
  • Size: Extremely portable, easy to fit in a camera bag without taking up much space.

Performance and Features

Brightness and Color Accuracy

  • LEDs: The light has 50 LEDs, offering significant brightness for its size.
  • Brightness Levels: It features adjustable brightness levels, although I noticed seven increments instead of the advertised eight.

Battery Life and Charging

  • Battery: Comes with a 1000mAh battery which is decent but not the highest in the market.
  • USB Charging: Can be charged via USB, and it’s possible to use the light while it’s charging.

Versatility in Usage

  • Applications: Ideal for use as a background light, rim light, or in a pinch, as a key light.
  • Mounting Options: The inclusion of various mounts and the built-in thread offer versatility in how you can position the light.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Portability: Its small size makes it incredibly convenient for on-the-go shooting.
  2. Brightness: Surprisingly bright for its size.
  3. Battery Indicator: The back of the light has a handy battery status indicator.
  4. Versatile Mounting: Easy to mount on different stands or even on a smartphone.

Cons

  1. Battery Size: The battery could be larger for extended use.
  2. Weather Sealing: Not weather-sealed, which could be a concern for outdoor shoots.
  3. Diffuser Limitation: The clip-on diffusers are not the easiest to remove and restrict the use of custom gels.

Conclusion

The Commlite CM-L50 is a great choice for anyone looking for a compact, portable, and reasonably priced LED light. While it has some limitations, its benefits, especially in terms of portability and brightness, make it a valuable tool for various shooting scenarios.

For more detailed insights and to see the light in action, check out my full video review on YouTube.

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