Pixel C100: A Viable Alternative to Aputure 120D?

by | Jan 4, 2020 | Gear and Reviews, Lighting

Happy New Year! As we embark on a fresh start, I’m excited to share my thoughts on a product that’s been on my radar: the Pixel Fodavil C100 COB LED video light. It’s touted as an affordable alternative to the popular Aputure 120D, and I’ve been testing it to see if it lives up to the hype.

Unboxing the Pixel C100

Upon unboxing, the Pixel C100, which confusingly is an 80-watt light despite its name, presents a striking resemblance to the Aputure 120D in design. The package includes:

  • The LED light
  • A large power brick with a cage
  • A remote control
  • Two power leads (UK and US)
  • A warranty card and instructions

The carry case provided with the light is a nice touch, offering convenience and protection.

Design and Build Quality

The Pixel C100, much like the Aputure 120D, features controls on the back of the light, including brightness dial, power button, and grouping options for multiple lights. It’s rated at 5600 Kelvins, with a CRI of 97, promising good color reproduction.

Key Features:

  • Brightness and Control: The light offers a range from 0 to 100% brightness, easily adjustable via the remote or on the unit itself.
  • Bowens Mount: This feature allows for easy attachment of diffusers or other modifiers.
  • Power Brick Cage: A thoughtful addition that prevents stress on the light from the power cord.
  • Quiet Operation: The fan noise is minimal, and there’s an intelligent fan system to manage cooling based on the light’s temperature.

Performance and Practicality

Brightness and Use Cases:

While I couldn’t find exact comparative lux values between the Pixel C100 and the Aputure 120D, the Pixel light has served my purposes well. It provides ample brightness through heavy diffusion, making it suitable for a variety of shooting environments.

Fan Noise:

The fan is whisper-quiet under normal conditions. There is an override option for the fan, but in my experience, the default setting has been sufficient and unobtrusive.

Remote Control:

The remote control, albeit a bit quirky with its own power button, proves to be quite handy for adjusting light settings from a distance.

Price and Value

The Pixel C100 is priced around £280, a significant saving compared to the Aputure 120D. When factoring in the cost of a softbox or diffuser, the total cost can be around £330, still considerably less than the Aputure counterpart.

My Verdict

So far, the Pixel C100 seems to be an excellent choice for those seeking a budget-friendly alternative to the Aputure 120D. It provides sufficient brightness, ease of use, and a solid build quality. While it’s still early days, and only time will tell about its longevity, it’s a promising option for filmmakers and content creators who are budget-conscious.

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