The CN-600 is an inexpensive, dimmable, well-built LED light panel for photography and video use. Prices seem to vary a lot; I just did a search and found them listed for $150 to $250, with the lowest prices found on ebay. It runs on AC power or V-mount battery. It’s lightweight and compact, and pretty powerful.
- 600 daylight-balanced LEDs in one 10″ panel (housing is slightly bigger)
- onboard dimmer
- barn doors
- accepts V-mount batteries
- includes AC power cable (with annoying AC/DC converter brick on cable)
- yoke: allows fixture to freely tilt up and down; with standard 5/8″ light stand mount
- jack for remote dimming; wired and wireless remote dimmers are available
- comes with three or four (depending where you buy it) large plastic filters that neatly slide into a slot at the top of the panel: slight diffusion, heavier diffusion, CTO/orange (to match tungsten light), and magenta (to match fluorescent light)
CN-600HS: a bit boxier than the SA version, and filters slide in from the side instead of the top (and tend to be hard to remove, according to some reports).
CN-600SA: This model seems to be the most common, and the model this review covers.
CN-600HS: Very similar to the SA version, but this unit is bi-color, meaning it has both tungsten-balanced and daylight-balanced diodes; each has a dimmer, so you can select tungsten-only, daylight-only, or mix the two. The disadvantage to bi-color LED lights, is that if you’re set for tungsten-only or daylight-only, you’re only getting half the power (half of the diodes will be powered off).
Who Makes It?
These are made in China, often labeled “CN-600SA” on the back, but no manufacturer name (though they are sold by Neewer and Cowboy Studio).
I like this light a lot. For an inexpensive generic fixture, it feels solid and well-built; nice and compact while still providing a relatively large source with powerful light output.The barn doors and yoke are sturdy and work well–they don’t feel flimsy like other cheap gear I’ve used.
- lightweight, compact, solid build
- nice quality of light
- stays cool without a fan (I was looking at another LED fixture that has a built-in fan; not good when you’re recording audio)
- can be powered with A/C or battery
- V-mount batteries are expensive
- AC power cable has converter brick/wall-wart, which is a bit awkward; you’ll probably want to use gaffer’s tape or velcro to attach the brick to your light stand
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