Gear We Love: F&V Z96 LED Light Review

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F&V Lighting makes a fantastic piece of gear for HDSLR event video shoots and film making. The Z96 was once available in shops all over Malaysia. Then suddenly, they were nowhere to be found.

Videographers wondered where this little powerhouse went as newer but inferior LED lights flooded the market. Well, wonder no more as our recent discussion with our favorite gear supplier means Studio Zaloon has agreed to supply us with Z96. Read on for our F&V Z96 LED Light Review.

Petite powerhouse- The Z96 is a feature packed and super bright LED video light

Petite powerhouse- The Z96 is a feature packed and super bright LED video light

The Z96 started off as a very unassuming bit of kit. It is cheap, made in China and so was waved off as inferior when compared to the more well known pioneers like LitePanels.
The amazing thing is, this low priced LED light outperforms its much more expensive competitor and offers more innovative features in the process.

AA or Sony style battery mount

One of its features include the ability to use either 5 X AA batteries, a Sony F series video camera battery or a DC power plug.

Clip on, clip off! Z96 comes with 2 tough and magnetically detachable CTO gel and diffuser

Clip on, clip off! Z96 comes with 2 tough and magnetically detachable CTO gel and diffuser

Magnetic detachable gel and diffuser

The Z96 sports clip-on CTO gel and diffuser. They are magnetic so you can put them in your shirt pocket when not in use. The magnetic buttons on the front of the light lets you quickly attach the diffuser when you need it in a flash. No more fumbling around trying to slot in a diffuser!

Power-up the Z96 with your choice of 5 X AA batteries, Sony battery or DC adaptor

Power-up the Z96 with your choice of 5 X AA batteries, Sony battery or DC adaptor

Flexible Ball Mount

It comes with a ball mount that attaches to your HDSLR or video camera’s hotshoe. You can now point your light in any direction, not just up or down.

Team player- The grooves next to the yellow tab attaches another Z96. Bring it on!

Team player- The grooves next to the yellow tab attaches another Z96. Bring it on!

Really wide coverage

The coverage of the Z96 is simply fantastic. Check out the video we made below. While its competitor could only light up a subject from medium close up (chest up), the Z96 is able to light up an entire human being- head to toe (Full Shot).

Outshine & outlast! Z96 seen here with a Sony video camera battery

Outshine & outlast! Z96 seen here with a Sony video camera battery

Incredible throw

The throw of the Z96 is incredible. Don’t go full blast with this little light, you’ll have your subjects raising their hands to shield their eyes. Its brightness is much greater than the LitePanels equivalent.

Our videographer armed with a Z96 and covering celebrity chef, Martin Yan at an event by Australian wine Jacob's Creek.

Our videographer armed with a Z96 and covering celebrity chef, Martin Yan at an event by Australian wine Jacob's Creek.

Team player- combine up to 4 lights

It’s also a team player- The Z96 can be combined with up to 4 of its brothers to form a powerful studio light. It can transform into a studio light that emits virtually no heat and consumes very little power. Its a force to be reckoned with.

Plug & play- What you get in the neat little box from F&V: The sun in your hands!

Plug & play- What you get in the neat little box from F&V: The sun in your hands!

We have a few Z96 in our studio and we’re very pleased with them. We use them for corporate events where run & gun is required. We use them for corporate films where a controlled, studio setting is necessary. We also use them on film making projects. They’re a small but powerful and robust addition to our existing gear.

This little package crams 96 LEDS into a low priced, impressive video light from China

This little package crams 96 LEDS into a low priced, impressive video light from China

We would recommend the Z96 to independent film makers and event videographers. This light is featured in all our Videography Courses.

Our videos are made with the help of the Z96. When faced with low light situations, we trust our Z96 to help us get the perfect footage. Here is one video we used the Z96 extensively, for Martell Pure Gourmet:

Want to purchase the Z96 LED video light? Get it from our favorite gear supplier, Studio Zaloon