Today, we break the myth that achieving high-quality lighting outcomes in photography and videography is expensive. It's also false that lighting equipment is big, bulky and takes up a lot of space. With a portable and compact RGB light, you'll create stunning studio-quality lighting in your next photography or videography project.
As more and more visual creatives are scaling down their kit, the need for smaller accessories and visual solutions is in high demand. That's why we have curated a collection of the very best small RGB lights currently on the market. With a single small RGB light, you can instantly change the mood and appeal of your content. With a pair of small RGB lights, you can create dramatic visual compositions to wow any audience.
The Best Small RGB Lights on Georges Cameras TV
In our latest YouTube video on Georges Cameras TV, we look at the best small RGB lights available now at Georges Cameras. Constant LED lighting is proving to be the popular choice for photographers and videographers. Visual creatives such as vloggers, YouTubers, and streamers also convert their small spaces into mini-studio, thanks to small RGB lights. We take a look at the benefits of each RGB light and the complete feature set. We also conduct a comparison test amongst the best of them to demonstrate their power and usability.
Why are RGB lights so important?
Another myth work breaking is that RGB lights are the property of videographers alone. The reality is that more and more photographers are making the shift from speedlights and strobes to constant lighting. Constant lighting, such as LED monolights, LED panels and small RGB lights, are a convenient lighting solution. Constant lighting allows you to build your composition while shifting lights around the subject. You get to see an immediate outcome of how the lighting changes without the need for multiple test shots with a flash.
Bi-Colour LEDs provide warm and cool white light to your composition and help manage shadows, highlights and contrast. A small RGB light takes it to the next level by allowing you to add colour to your scene. By applying single or multiple small RGB lights, you can amplify the mood with 360-degrees of colour. Make a portrait shoot more dramatic with red or cool things down in a product shot with a soft blue.
Why go small?
Small RGB lights are ideal for photographers and videographers working in a smaller studio or home space. They take up next to no room yet produce a significant amount of illumination. In most cases, they feature mounts to attach them to a light stand or a tabletop tripod. They work off a battery power source that is typically on-board and rechargeable. And as they utilise LED technology, their battery life is more than enough for most projects.
As technology advances, so does the feature set of small RGB lights. Now many provide the option to work within the RGB colour spectrum or operate as a Bi-colour light. Plus, many have lighting effects such as Fireplace, Party, Fireworks and Lighting to add to your next videography project. As with all devices these days, most small RGB lights pair with a smartphone app to allow complete creative control remotely. Finally, it's worth pointing out that small RGB lights are very cost-effective. For a small price, a single light can make all the difference.
Influencers influence better
As online video content increases in popularity, influencers such as vloggers, YouTubers and streamers need to stay ahead of the game. The demand for video makes it hard to stand out from the creative content crowd. When recording and streaming from a small office or spare room, a couple of small RGB lights turns an everyday space into a dynamic studio. Consider placing one RGB illuminating the presenter and a second providing a soft deep-blue illumination of the background. Your room suddenly became more visually appealing while creating a more intimate composition.
Godox RGB Mini Creative M1 On-Camera Video LED Light
Godox is renowned for its photography and videography lighting solutions. The Godox RGB Mini Creative M1 On-Camera Video LED Light is no exception to that praise. The Godox small RGB light is compact at 145 x 70 x 15mm and super lightweight at only 240g. Despite its diminutive size, it packs in a powerful LED array and set of features to appeal to any visual creative. Most importantly, it delivers a bi-colour variable colour temperature of 2500 to 8500K. In terms of colour, the Godox RGB Mini Creative M1 provides hue and saturation control for the full 360-colour spectrum.
Godox RGB Mini Creative M1 Specifications
- 2500 to 8500K variable colour temperature
- Hue and saturation adjust with 360 colours
- High CRI / TLCI of 97
- 15 special effects and 40 presets
- Built-in mic for Music mode
- Articulating mounting bracket with 1/4 "-20 threads
- 2410mAh battery lasts 2.5 hours on full power
- USB Type-C charging cable
One of the standout features of the Godox RGB Mini Creative M1 is the integrated, articulating mounting bracket with the convenience of several 1/4 "-20 threads. Mount it to a light stand, tripod or camera hot shoe and still achieve rotational control. The back of the Godox features an LED to provide a clear view of the small RGB light settings. In addition to the standard light output, it features 15 special effect modes and 40 additional preset modes for quick access to powerful lighting effects.
What we love the most about the Godox RGB Mini Creative M1 is the ability to charge the 2410mAh battery quickly via a USB-C cable. On a full charge, the battery lasts 2.5 hours at full power.
Phottix M200RGB Pocket LED Light
Phottix typically produces high-end studio lighting solutions fit for professional videographers and photographers. The Phottix M200RGB Pocket LED Light takes the same level of quality and performance while keeping the product small and affordable. The pocketable RGB light measures just 151 x 80 x 11.5mm and weighs a measly 200g. Even a pair of these small RGB lights would take up next to no room in a camera bag. The Phottix M200RGB Pocket LED Light serves dual purposes as it can also be used as a power bank to charge your smartphone or tablet while on the go.
Phottix M200RGB Pocket LED Light Specifications
- Long-Life Built-In Battery
- Long-life, Low-Heat LEDs
- Full 0-360º colour hue and saturation adjustment
- Adjustable brightness and colour temperature (3200K-5600K)
- 21 preset scenario effects
- It can be used as a power bank to charge devices
The powerful and portable Phottix M200RGB Pocket LED Light pumps out adjustable bi-colour illumination at a colour temperature range of 3200 to 5600K. Being an RGB panel, it also delivers the full 360-degree colour hue with adjustable saturation levels. For creative outcomes, the Phottix features 21 preset scenario effects to elevate your creative outcomes. For convenience, it also includes a cold-shoe mount and a mini tabletop tripod as an all in one solution. The battery is charged via USB cable and delivers a good duration depending on the mode and power in use.
Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light
The Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light is a standout product as it features both RGB LEDs and bi-colour LEDs - tungsten and daylight balanced. What's more, it's a tiny product that manages to pack in a range of efficient and convenient features. The Aputure MC is 93 x 61 x 17mm and weighs just 130g. It includes a diffuser cover, heavy-duty 3M mounting tape and built-in magnets for fast mounting to a metallic surface. It also features an OLED display and control dial for all settings and modes.
Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light Specifications
- 95% BT 2020 Gamut Coverage
- Full HSI Color Control
- 0 to 100% Dimming
- Colour temperature range of 3200 to 6500K
- OLED Display with Control Wheel
- Aputure Sidus Link App Compatibility
- Built-In FX Settings
- Integrated Battery, 120-Minute Runtime
- Wireless Qi Compatible Charging
- USB Type-C PD Quick Charge
One of the best features of the Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light is its ability to pair with the Aputure Sidius Link Control app. You can control a single light or a multitude of Aputure lights to create stunning lighting displays. The app even includes a colour picker that uses the smartphone's camera to sample a colour and apply it through the RGB panel. The Aputure MC RGB provides complete HSI colour control and bi-colour lighting with a temperature range of 3200 to 6500K. What's more, it features several special effects and 95% Gamut colour coverage while delivering a 120-minute battery life.
Explorer AX-RGB AuraRGB
The Explorer brand is synonymous with high-quality professional photography and videography accessories. The Explorer AX-RGB AuraRGB is popular for visual creatives demanding pro outcomes from a small RGB light. It features 52 LED emitters and a 630 Lumen maximum brightness. Not bad for a pocketable light panel that's 115x58x14mm and 165g - and that's not even the end of the performance specifications. With an unlimited colour range and a staggering colour temperature range of 2500 to 8500k, the Explorer AX-RGB AuraRGB is a powerhouse.
Explorer AX-RGB AuraRGB Specifications
- RGB LED with unlimited colours
- Digital OLED display and tactile aluminium buttons
- 52 high-quality LED emitters
- 1%-100% brightness adjustability
- 8 creative lighting modes
- 630 Lumen Maximum Brightness packed into a small and portable LED
- Lightweight at 165g
- 3000mAh built-in lithium battery offers 1.2 hours of runtime
- Includes a USB-C charging cable and shoe mount
The Explorer AX-RGB AuraRGB features a built-in USB-C rechargeable 3000mAh built-in lithium battery to deliver 1.2 hours of runtime of 100% brightness at 5200K. It also features a camera shoe-mount adapter, 1/4-20 mounting screw, and a handy wrist strap for vloggers on the go. The small RGB light panel includes an OLED display and tactile buttons for quick and responsive control. We especially like the creative selection of eight special effect modes, including lava lamps and lightning flash.
Pilotcine is the new kid on the block, and the Pilotcine ARX7 is just one of a remarkable range of LED lighting products. The Pilotcine ARX7 is a small RGB light system with an impressive bi-colour temperature range of 2500 to 8500K. It also produces the full hue and saturation range of 360-degree colour - all of which is dimmable from 0 to 100%. The pocketable RGB is ideal for those on the go as it only measures 138 x 84 x 17mm and weighs 290g. Thanks to the aircraft-grade aluminium chassis, it's both portable and can take a beating.
Pilotcine ARX7 Specifications
- 2500 to 8500K Stepped Variable Color
- 0 to 360° Hue and Saturation Control
- Supports DMX512 and Bluetooth Mesh
- Aircraft-Aluminum Chassis Construction
- 0 to 100% Dimming
- OLED Display Screen
- Integrated 29.6Wh Battery
- Power Bank Functionality
- CuberSync APP
- 1/4 "-20 Threaded Mounting Holes
The Piltocine ARX7 features an OLED display for fine-tuning lighting function and an integrated USB rechargeable battery that doubles as a power bank for other devices. A full charge guarantees 2.5 hours of use at full power. For convenience, the ARX7 feature no less than four 1/4 "-20 threaded holes to mount to a range of stands, tripods and rigs. It is Bluetooth compatible, allowing for total remote control from a smart device via the CyberSync App. It is also compatible with Bluetooth Mesh systems to optimise Bluetooth coverage and connectivity. One of the standout features of the Piltocine ARX7 is the fifteen pre-programmed preset scene effects and five additional custom scene settings.
Final Thoughts on Small RGB Lights
There's no doubt that small RGB lights are transforming photography and videography content from good to exceptional. Especially when creating content with a compact set up like the Sony ZV-E10. What's more, small RGB lights are highly affordable and feature impressive power, performance and a range of high-tech features designed to streamline your workflow. The benefits of a single small RGB light far outweigh the time and cost associated with setting up much larger studio kits. Head in-store or online now at Georges Cameras to check out our full range of affordable yet professional small RGB lights.