GVM High CRI Affordable LED Light Panels

One popular set of small LED Lights that have been popping up lately is from a company called GVM (Great Video Maker). Starting at just $149 dollars with tons of excellent reviews (seen here), the GVM LED lights look like a great bit of kit for those who may just be starting out.

While I find the build quality, overall output, and Color Rendering excellent at this price point, there are a few 'quirks' one should know about the GVM 520 and GVM 672 LED Light panels. I've mentioned a few of them through my video review, but the stand out 'quirk' for me would be the lack of a battery meter advising you about how much time you have left. I feel this is one of the most important features any battery operated light should have (even if it's just an approximation). The last thing you want to worry about is having a light suddenly power off in the middle of an interview.

Second, it's nice that they offer built in wireless to control other GVM lights, it is limiting. Every light will have the exact same brightness and color temp setting. I see these lights being used on location as a small 3 piece kit, in which a majority of the time each light will have different brightness settings. If they were to introduce a handheld remote, then I feel the wireless controls would be much more appealing.

For 520 and 672 LEDs in a small panel, these will work best for talking head shots or maybe when working with products. They are probably not best suited for lighting large spaces. Overall I think the light offers excellent color reproduction for it's price. The phrase 'Bang for the buck' comes to mind when working with these lights.

You can find the GVM LED panels available via Amazon (click here).

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8 thoughts on “GVM High CRI Affordable LED Light Panels

  1. Jonny G.

    Hey Emm,
    I hope you doing great...

    I'm about to buy one of those light - I need one for general interviews is the 520 big and bright enough or would you suggest the 672?

    Many thanks

    Jonny

  2. Post author

    @brian - The GVM is a lot lighter and smaller than the LS1, but they still have some weight to them because of the aluminum. They also do not output as bright as the LS1 which can light a larger space. If you need a portable light for travel with good output and bi-color options, I still think the Brightcast is a good one to look into. The flexible panel is lighter than aluminum and can take more abuse if you drop it. http://cheesycam.tv/brightcast

  3. brian

    How do they feel compared to the Light Storm LS1s and LS1c? Love those Aputure lights, but traveling with them is a bit of a pain. Weight can also be an issue when needing to ship gear.

  4. Post author

    @Chris Knight - The diffusion works well to make it appear as a single soft source. If the diffusion panel were up close, the diodes would still look like individual bulbs. As the diffusion is offset, the beam angles for each diode is first spread and then blended together (overlapping). But keep in mind that this diffusion also cuts back on overall light output.

  5. Chris Knight

    Shooting dramatic/comedic material for cinema projection, details like shadows and catchlights can be an issue. I'm curious how even the light is across the panel when the diffuser or offset diffuser are being used. (Your shots of the lights on, the panels are blown out.)

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