The Best Camera and Studio Lights for Photographers

Breathe life into your images with these illuminating products for both cameras and studios.

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Savvy photographers and filmmakers appreciate that the quality of the images they capture during photoshoots & the stories those images tell have a lot to do with the quality of the lighting used to do it. So, besides gearing up with the best cameras and lenses and timing their projects perfectly with the location of the Sun, pros invest a ton of time into searching for, learning about, and testing photography lights.

We thought we'd help you slash hours of time off your search by putting together a list of some of the industry's best photography lights — all sold here in the Moment shop.

No matter your medium of choice, style, or current needs, you'll find something for you. Let's jump in.

At a Glance…

To Know:

As far as studio lights are concerned, the Amaran 100d is a fantastic option. A daylight point-source LED piece, brilliantly bright, with Bluetooth app control, there’s nothing this beast (boasting 39,500 Lux at 1 meter with Hyper-Reflector) can’t illuminate. The 100d comes equipped with CRI & TLCI scores of 95+ for flawless color quality. Though this beast is powerful enough for video production, it works wonders for portrait photography as well.

What We Love:

Accessories in Mind

The Arman 100d’s Universal Bowens Mount fits a wide breadth of accessories, plus it's got a built-in umbrella holder.

Complete FX Control

The 100d features a compact lamp head with controls such as 0-100% control, built-in light effects like paparazzi, fireworks, strobe, explosion, and more.

Technologically Advanced

The light comes with Sidus Mesh technology that forms a network with other Sidus compatible lights! It allows photographers to precisely control the piece from nearly any smart device using the industry-standard Sidus Link mobile app.

The Details:

Brand: Amaran

Product Type: Studio Light

Best For: Its multipurpose function makes the Amaran 100d great for photographers who also create high-quality video content.

 

What We Rate

Packability

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Range

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Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Feature

Budget

Less than $50 Less than $100 Less than $200 Less than $500

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amaran

100d Studio LED Light

Needing a great studio light that won't break the bank? The Amaran 100d is a daylight LED fixture that delivers pro-quality lighting with Bluetooth app control

Buy for $199.00

To Know

A Bluetooth-controlled RGB light, the Panel Pro is durable, loaded with 263 LEDs, pushes out 1500 Lux at 0.5 meters, and uses a frosted lens & a slide-on diffuser to help diffuse light. The device is powerful, also featuring an adjustable 3000 to 5700K color temperature with a >96 CRI and 360 RGB colors while only being about the size of an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

What We Love

Creator Friendly

The Lume Cube Panel Pro is easy to use so that creatives spend less time configuring and more time capturing. The back of the Panel displays a large LCD control screen and features only three functions on the side – a power button, an adjustment dial, and a USB-C charge port.

Made To Last

The Panel Pro is built for creatives on the move, with a totally aluminum body and a big, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Simple Mounting Options

Installed on the Lume Cube Panel Pro are three ¼” 20 threads on the top, left, and bottom sides to give photographers the option to attach the light onto their equipment vertically or horizontally.

The Details

Brand: Lume Cube

Product Type: Camera LED Light

Best For: Photographers who need a full spectrum of possibilities in one go-to lighting solution.

 

What We Rate

Packability

Large Pocket Small Backpack Larger Backpack Pelican Case

Range

Only 1 Source Little Range Good Range Full Range

Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Features

Budget

Less than $50 Less than $100 Less than $200 More than $500

Intensity

Very dim Dim Bold A bold as can be
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Lume Cube

Panel Pro On-Camera LED Light

Need a compact yet powerful LED light for your camera? The Lume Cube Panel Pro is a bi-color LED light with precise color temperature and brightness settings.

Buy for $169.99

To Know

Another best-in-class option from Lume Cube is the Cordless Ring Light. As the name implies, this user-friendly camera light allows creators to surround themselves in 18 inches of brilliant, adjustable light that makes them the center of attention.

What We Love

Plug or Pack

The Ring Light comes with an AC power adapter for unlimited home studio lighting and two battery packs capable of powering the Ring for over 70 minutes at full power when you find yourself away from the HQ.

Creator Compatible

Whether you’re an iPhone user or a full-frame camera photographer, the Lume Cube 18” Cordless Ring Light is fully compatible with your choice of equipment – the diffuser comes built-in.

Be Your Own Muse

The tripod stand, adjustable color temperature, and adjustable brightness make the Ring Light great for elegantly capturing your complexion, expression, and story you’re telling just right.

The Details

Brand: Lume Cube

Product Type: Ring Light

Best For: Content creators who themselves the focus of their creation.

 

What We Rate

Packability

Large Pocket Small Backpack Larger Backpack Pelican Case

Range

Only 1 Source Little Range Good Range Full Range

Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Features

Budget

Less than $50 Less than $100 Less than $200 More than $500

Intensity

Very dim Dim Bold A bold as can be
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Lume Cube

18" Cordless Ring Light

Lighting makes all the difference! Get control of color temperature, brightness, with the Lume Cube 18'' Bi-Color Ring Light. Batteries included for portability

Buy for $179.99

To Know:

Boasting 360 degrees of hue and 100 levels of saturation adjustment, the MC RGB LED Light - Aputure’s first to include complete HSI color control - gives you the ability to reproduce virtually any color effortlessly. Don’t just rely on Red, Green, and Blue LEDs, though, as the MC includes one additional LED balanced at tungsten and another at daylight. This relatively small light competes with industry giants.

What We Love:

The Choice is Yours

Creators can choose any color temperature in the MC’s expanded bi-color range between 3200K-6500K.

Solid Battery

The MC RGB LED Light’s built-in battery provides two whole hours at maximum output and a whopping 15 hours at minimum – and only takes about two hours to charge.

Sidus Link App

You can connect the Aputure MC RGB On-Camera LED Light to the Sidus Link App, a pro-level lighting control platform that activates things like lightning, strobe, pulsing, fire, candle, firework for more control over your lighting effects.

The Details:

Brand: Aputure

Product Type: LED Light

Best For: Photographers who require a top-notch swiss army knife of lights.

 

What We Rate

Packability

Large Pocket Small Backpack Larger Backpack Pelican Case

Range

Only 1 Source Little Range Good Range Full Range

Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Features

Budget

Less than $50 Less than $100 Less than $200 More than $500

Intensity

Very dim Dim Bold A bold as can be
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Aputure

MC RGB On Camera LED Light

You want the ultimate pocket size RGB LED light? The Aputure MC is arguably the best in this category. Use the Sidus Link app unlocks even more of its features

Buy for $90.00

To Know:

The HVL-F60RM2 is a powerful GN60 flash built for the sophistication of Sony's "evolved" cameras. Offering perfect light for any moment, a reliable flash at lighting-fast continuous shooting speeds, intuitive controls, and more, this light isn't like anything else on our list because it's built exclusively for power users. The lighting system's main feature is what Sony calls "Intelligent Communication" — between the flash and the camera body for stunning images, amazing speed, and smooth operability.

What We Love:

Stunning Images

The flash is linked to face detection, offers optimum lighting of any objects in focus, delivers accurate white balance, transmits flash color temperature to the camera, and produces stable, high-power output for stunning images every time.

Amazing Speed

For the first time, the Sony HVL-F60RM2 offers electronic flash sync and 50 MP at 20 fps, and an unprecedented flash speed of 1/400 sec.

Smooth Operability

Photographers can control the flash from the camera body and TTL Level Memory for manual flash recall.

Tough As Nails

The HVL-F60RM2 Wireless Radio Control External Flash delivers on Sony’s guaranteed toughness. The flash features a metal shoe foot, overheating prevention technology, and is resistant to dust & moisture.

The Details:

Brand: Sony

Product Type: External Flash

Best For: Photographers who need an external flash built as tough as they are and want to brilliantly and accurately capture memorable moments.

 

What We Rate

Packability

Large Pocket Small Backpack Larger Backpack Pelican Case

Range

Only 1 Source Little Range Good Range Full Range

Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Features

Budget

Less than $50 Less than $100 Less than $200 More than $500

Intensity

Very dim Dim Bold A bold as can be
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Sony

HVL-F60RM2 Wireless Radio Control External Flash

Looking for a smart flash for your Sony? The HVL-F60RM2 flash intelligently communicates with your Sony camera to nail settings and to keep speed up with you

Buy for $548.00

How We Tested

Of course, your camera, lenses, and other gear all play a major role in what & how well you’re able to capture the objects in your photos. But, lighting plays a unique role in how it helps tell the story you want to convey – that’s why we take lighting so seriously here at Moment and why we rigorously test the photography lights our community trusts us to curate for our shop.

Like the other products in our shop, we have our very own in-house professional content creators us our photography lights in the real world, in the field, on real projects - while working on on-location shoots, portrait shoots, vlogs, and more. We push our gear to their very limits, and then we provide you with the actual results and let them speak for themselves.