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Sony HVL-LE1

Battery-powered LED video light

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Our take on the Sony HVL-LE1

by Woody Sherman
Sony

Every camcorder user will run in to situations where the available light just isn't enough to make a good picture. With the lightweight, cool-running HVL-LE1 LED video light from Sony attached to your camcorder's mounting shoe, you'll see the difference in your shot immediately: colors will become more saturated, sharpness will increase, and noise will be substantially reduced.

An on-board battery-life indicator will help you gauge how much shooting time you have remaining, and you can use multiple battery power options to fire up the unit — "AA" batteries and a variety of Sony lithium ion rechargeables are supported.

The HVL-LE1 comes with a soft case, a diffuser to soften shadows, a 3200K color conversion filter for matching indoor incandescent lighting, barn doors for directing light, and two shoe adapters for easy mounting.

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Highlights:

  • efficient, cool-running LEDs provide ample light support
  • mounts to compatible Sony camcorder's accessory shoe
  • power consumption: 4 watts
  • choose from a variety of power options: "AA" batteries (Ni-MH rechargeable or alkaline); Sony NP-FV series lithium-ion; Sony NP-FM50
  • battery life indicator lets you assess how much longer you can shoot
  • lighting direction: horizontal
  • lighting angle: 30 degrees
  • ships with soft case, diffuser, 3200K color conversion filter, and two shoe adapters
  • 4-3/4"W x 3"H x 2-1/2"D
  • weight: 8.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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What's in the box?

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  • LED Video light
  • Shoe adapter (for Auto lock accessory shoe)
  • Shoe adapter (for standard accessory shoe)
  • Diffuser
  • Color conversion filter
  • Extra battery lid (with opening)
  • Storage pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet (US)
  • Warranty sheet (Canada)

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Features

Overview: The HVL-LE1 battery-operated LED video light illuminates your subject so you can capture your images or video in low light. It attaches to the accessory shoe of your Sony alpha-series camera or Sony camcorder. You can power the HVL-LE1 with four "AA" batteries or a Sony V-series or M-series rechargeable battery.

Power Requirements: The battery compartment can hold four "AA" sized alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. In addition, the video light can be powered by one of the following the Sony InfoLithium batteries: V-series NP-FV50, NP-FV70, NP-FV100, or M-series NP-FM500H, NP-QM71D or NP-QM91D. The video light has a battery icon that glows orange when the charge of the inserted batteries is low.

Shoe Adapters: Two shoe adapters are included with the HVL-LE1. One fits the Auto-lock Accessory Shoe found on Sony alpha-series cameras. The other is for use with standard ISO shoe mounts found on most other brands of DSLR cameras. The HVL-LE1 also has a standard 1/4" tripod mount on the bottom if you wish to mount the video light on a tripod.

Filters: The HVL-LE1 comes with a light diffuser, which will reduce the glare from the light, as well as make the light softer. A color conversion filter is also included, which reduces the color temperature to about 3200K. The diffuser and color conversion filter slide into a slot in front of the video light's lens.

Brightness Control: If you don't want to use the video light at full output, you can adjust the brightness of the light between 100% (Max) to 10% (Min) using the rotary dial on the side of the light.

 

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Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Light where you need it

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 5/24/2012 3:02:00 PM

If you're ready to move up from basic videography, then you understand the importance of lighting. The HVL-LE1 resembles a miniature model of a stadium light with all those LEDs in neat little rows. And it really lights up an area with just four "AAA" batteries.

The light offers some nice options — so you can work with your lighting to make your shots more effective. The side flaps swing out and snap into place at 45°ree; angles. And that channels the light enough for most purposes. But I didn't have to open the flaps all the way, which gave me some interesting results.

It's good that a diffuser's included. The 'LE1 puts out some powerful white light that can wash out a subject close in. Softening the light helps quite a bit.

Comment by Zak Billmeier Staff Writer - Creative,

A pint-sized lifesaver

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 1/16/2013 11:20:00 AM

Our video team took this wonderful little light to CES 2013, and boy, am I glad we did. On the show floor, and off the floor in the smaller booths, we encountered all kinds of lighting situations. The HVL-LE1 gave us valuable fill light that tamed harsh shadows and helped us deal with backlit situations.

The light is perfectly modular — it's built like a tank, and you can fold its metal barn doors onto itself for added protection. It runs on AA batteries or any one of a variety of Sony rechargeable batteries, whatever's easiest. It's an LED model, so batteries last a long time.

The HVL-LE1 is versatile, too. It comes with a diffuser to smooth out the light, which we just left in there since it really does soften the shadows. Just as importantly, an amber diffusion panel is also included — this changes the light from a kind of cool white to a nice, warming glow. We left that in place, too, as it helped battle the mixed fluorescent lighting we often encountered. A handy dial on the side lets you vary the light output for even more control,

So if you're part of a run-and-gun film crew, this little light is a no-brainer. It'll make your footage look better than ever, and it won't take up a lot of space in your bag.

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