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Zhiyun FiveRay FR100C Review – 100W Portable LED Light Stick For Photography

Lighting is an essential component when recording videos. For this reason, Zhiyun developed a comprehensive line of tools for photos and videos. In addition to gimbals and lighting, this of course, also includes audio products and these will probably also be available in the future. Recently, Zhiyun launched the Fiveray FR100C light, which is the only 100W high-power portable stick light on the market. Zhiyun aims to provide content creators with a comprehensive range of photography and film products, covering everything a scene needs, from imaging to lighting to sound.

The new Fiveray FR100C is the result of Zhiyun’s R&D, and technology, which has resulted in the creation of a portable LED lamp with extraordinary power. The LED light bar is said to be five times brighter than comparable LED lamps. It delivers up to 100 watts of light output. The color temperature can be continuously adjusted between 2700K and 6300K set. According to the manufacturer, the RGB range extends from 0 to 360. Color, saturation, and brightness can also be set using a rotary wheel. The settings are visible on a small display on the lamp.

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Specifications

  • Built-in fan – helps prevent overheating at full power
  • Can reach 21,195 lumens at 100W. max output
  • Color temperature range from 2700K-6300K
  • 0 to 100% brightness
  • RGB adjustment range 0 to 360°
  • CRI level 96 and TLCI level 97 for true colors
  • Supports 28W fast charging via USB Type-C
  • Use a compatible TransMount 120W power adapter that allows simultaneous use while charging
  • 1/4″-20 screw for mounting on gimbal, tripod, or stand
  • Functions of Control Center
  • Dim and CCT buttons can switch between brightness or color temperature adjustment
  • HSI button toggles between hue, saturation, and intensity views
  • Max button to enable/disable max power mode
  • Can hold down the power button to turn on/off the product
  • LED FIVERAY FR100C RGB single version: includes 1 lamp FR100C
  • LED FIVERAY FR100C RGB Combo : Includes 1 FR100C light, 1 x Power, 1 Cloth Bag

Unboxing

There is not much to introduce about the packaging. Fiveray FR100C comes in the common khaki carton simple box. The front is marked with the words Fiveray FR100C (COMBO), a sketch of this LED Lightbar and a power adapter render, on the back side of the box is printed backside of the LED lightbar and a power adapter. On the right side of the box has some information about the product.

Open the box, in addition to the Fiveray FR100C, the accessories include a power cord, 120W power adapter, storage bag, and instruction manual.

Design and Appearance

The shape of the Zhiyun FiveRay FR100C LED Light is roughly a cuboid. With a length of about 2000px and a weight of about 920g, which is very convenient to carry out. The color of the whole stick lamp is mainly white, which looks very fresh and elegant, and the appearance is very outstanding. The front of the stick light is covered with a layer of PC frosted light-transmitting cover, which has its own soft light effect.

The illumination of this rod light can reach 20708lux, which is about 5 times that of the same volume of red light, and the brightness range covers a wide range. The maximum output power of the flashlight is 100W, and one button supports MAX, which allows users to adjust the maximum brightness in one step. It can fill in light during the day and night, and the scene shooting is more abundant.

In order to show the fill light effect of the stick light more clearly and intuitively, we gradually turned on the brightness of the stick light from 0% to 100%, and the light on the face of the character changed very obviously. shine.

Let’s take a look at the back side of this stick light. There are 5 cooling fans on the back of the lamp, and a large area of ??cooling grills on the left and right sides that actively distribute heat. The speed of the fans can be changed with the change of brightness. Also, as the power button and the pulley button. work status, etc.

This stick light has a 120W high-power power adapter, which supports charging while using it, which is very suitable for use in indoor studios; at the same time, it supports 25W PD fast charging.

On the lower, the back side of the LED light operating area with mini display, power button, and rotatable button for adjusting the brightness. The display screen can show the working status of the LED in real time.

Overall, the operation logic is quite simple and easy to use. We did not read the manual before use and it takes a few minutes of simple operation to start.

The bottom of the light stick has a universal screw hole that can be used with all kinds of triangles and light stands, so the use of the light stick is no longer limited to the hand, it is very convenient to use. an indoor stage like a studio. With a compact handheld size, the Fiveray FR100C can be used anywhere! The slim design allows you to quickly position the LED lamp at many desired angles and still have even soft light. With an industry-standard 1/4″-20 threaded connection on the end, the Fiveray FR100C can be attached to all modern photo/video fixtures. Adding the lamp to your gimbal is easy thanks to the 1/4″-20 thread that is attached to a hinged arm.

Built-in Battery

The Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C is powered by six 2600mAh internal batteries that run at maximum power for up to 31 minutes and are easily rechargeable via the USB Type-C port. With a fully charged battery, the Fiveray FR100C lasts up to 31 minutes at full power. Since the built-in 6S / 2600mAh battery has to be placed in the handle area, the handle is made into a square shape, which slightly affects the feel, but in the face of 100W high power, these problems are not problems at all.

The standard 25W battery can last for 2 hours, and the maximum 100W battery can last for 31 minutes; In addition, the DC interface can be connected to 120W fast charging and support the tip of the light stick. Most industrial batteries are charged and discharged at around 30W. Relying on gimbal circuit technology, Ziyun can draw 100W of power from the battery while ensuring safety. In addition, high power battery discharge will be accompanied by battery pack heating problems.

Performance

Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C

Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C light supports both CCT and HSI lighting modes. In CCT mode, users can adjust the brightness and color temperature of the light, and the color temperature adjustment range is 2700K-6200K, which can meet the shooting needs of different scenes such as indoor, sunny, cloudy, and night scenes. In HSI mode, users can adjust the hue of the light, its RGB color gamut range is 0-360°, and it supports stepless color change. The brightness is infinitely adjustable from 0 to 100% to meet your lighting requirements. Thanks to the high CRI of 96 and TLCI of 97, colors and skin tones are reproduced with maximum accuracy.

The dual color temperature mode is also supported, and the color temperature adjustment range can reach 2700K-6200K. In addition, saturation and brightness can be adjusted, and different color styles can be adjusted by turning the buttons on the front. Whether it is still photography or dynamic video, the lightweight Zhiyun  FR100C can meet the needs.

Support a Variety of Lighting Modes

Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C light has different lighting modes, which can bring different fill light effects in the actual shooting process.

The effect of fill light in the photo

The above picture uses standard color temperature to fill in the light for the still photo. We can see that the light stick can make the face of the character look more lustrous. And at the same time, it also increases the outline of the face of the character to appear clearer, and the facial features appear more three-dimensional.

In addition, using different shades of light for fill light, you can get different shooting styles. For example, it can be seen from the above two static photos that the characters appear more gorgeous and enthusiastic when using warm color-fill light.

When shooting still pictures, the stick light can also have more diverse uses. Such as outline ambient light or as a background light, etc.

In video shooting, the Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C led fills light effect is more intuitive. When the stick light is not used, the face appears dim and the shadow is more serious. But after the stick light is used, the luster on the face appears prominent. And the overall picture style becomes more vibrant.

In the process of video shooting, through the transformation of different RGB lighting effects of the stick light. You can shoot a more three-dimensional and dreamy picture.

Conclusion

The Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C stick light is more useful for learning and reference for the entire industry. Why can’t high power and portability coexist? Why can’t you record light and shadow easily and freely? Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C stick light has the same all-around experience. Which solves the pain points that have existed in these industries for a long time. Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C stick light not only leads the same industry in the same period. But also promotes the technological progress of the entire industry to a certain extent.

The Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C light is up to 20708lux relative to the illumination and supports 100W power output, which can meet the fill light needs of most scenes. At the same time, it supports different color tone displays, which can add atmosphere to photos and videos. At the same time, the appearance and portability of the stick lamp are also outstanding.

In general, Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C has outstanding portability and is suitable for various scenarios. If you often go out to shoot, they will definitely help you a lot in the process of work.

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