- More freedom in taking photos
- Take high speed videos
- As a battery-powered light source
As I needed it in a hurry, I bought it in a store, not from Amazon, which was much cheaper. Amazon has several models of light named CN-160, from various brands. They look exactly like this one, so I wonder if they're really rebranded versions. They also had smaller and bigger versions, but I thought this size was the right mix of brightness, portability and price.
- Bright - I can't measure exactly how bright, but brighter than any of my torches. This is great for using as a portable light source.
- Flicker-free, even at 1000 FPS. I didn't check this before I bought it, but I'm glad to say I can't see any flicker, even at 1000 FPS. LED lights are prone to flickering, due to their circuit design. I guess a video light that flickers is useless.
- Accepts many types of batteries
The tripod mount socket is made of brass, I think, but the hinge and other parts are made of plastic. The screw joint has teeth so it locks into position.
- A way to run off AC power - I think if I can just supply 7.5-9V to the battery poles, it'll work
- It doesn't dim all the way - it dims, then cuts out totally. I wish it could dim lower before cutting out.
I haven't managed to take any comparison pictures of the light, but this is a picture I took using the light that I like:
Update 27 Nov 13
The power/dimming wheel became loose and fell off inside the light, making it unusable. This doesn't say much for the build quality of the light. The good news is, I managed to fix it. If your wheel is loose, I recommend fixing it before it totally falls off, or you might lose the screw, making it much harder to fix.
I also found some other uses for the light, as a portable light source. e.g when vacuuming: