What Are On Camera Video Lights?

On camera video lights are lights that are used to illuminate a set or recording area to make it easier for the camera to pick up on the subjects being recorded. These lights can be used both in indoor and outdoor recording spaces and come in portable formats to make filming on the go more convenient. The right set of on camera video lights can be the difference between a poor quality and a high-quality shot and can help take your filming capabilities to the next level.

When trying to choose the right lighting options to help enhance your videos, make sure to keep in mind what you will be recording. Lighting options for indoor spaces tend to be different than those used outdoors, and while there is a certain amount of convenience that comes from portable lights, more permanent lighting options can be useful if you find yourself recording in one location, such as a studio. Make sure to invest in the right kind of lighting for you to make sure you get the most out of your on camera lighting options.

Here are some of the more common forms of on camera video lights and how they are used.

Best On Camera Video Lights For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of on camera video lights available to buy:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Ring Light for Camera [Rechargable Battery] Selfie LED Camera Light [36 LED] for iPhone iPad Sumsung Galaxy Photography Phones, White
3,196 Reviews
Ring Light for Camera [Rechargable Battery] Selfie LED Camera Light [36 LED] for iPhone iPad Sumsung Galaxy Photography Phones, White
  • Rechargeable with USB Cord. This ring light includes a built-in rechargeable battery so you do not need extra batteries. Money saved and free from annoying battery replacement.
  • Brightness Adjustable. Three-level light settings for various uses -- make-up, selfie photos, dark scenery vlogging etc. Let this ring light highlight you and darken everything behind you.
  • Compact and Light Weight. Pocket sized and extremely compact, it will not take much space in your bag. Take it with you anywhere you go and record all happy moments in your life!
  • Fantastic for Night Time or Dark Rooms. It helps enhance and brighten up your face for that perfect selfie. No more having to run around the house looking for the perfect spot in your house to take a photo or make your make up tutorials. Note: 【Upgraded Version】with our 【Patented Unique Design】
  • 100% Money-Back GUARANTEE. Who hasn't taken a selfie and ever said I wish I had more light? Well, this little camera ring was made for that. If you're not happy with it for whatever reason, we guarantee a new replacement plus no-hassle money back.
Bestseller No. 2
Ulanzi Ultra Bright LED Video Light - LED 49 Dimmable Ultra Bright Portable High Power Panel Video Light, LED Light for DJI OSMO Mobile 2 Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbals,Canon,Nikon, SONY Digital DSLR Cameras
182 Reviews
Ulanzi Ultra Bright LED Video Light - LED 49 Dimmable Ultra Bright Portable High Power Panel Video Light, LED Light for DJI OSMO Mobile 2 Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbals,Canon,Nikon, SONY Digital DSLR Cameras
  • 3 SHOE MOUNT: Support interlocking Multiple video lights, multiple lights can be interlocked together to strengthen lighting brightness and to get better lighting effects.
  • UNIVERSAL: Fits almost any DSLR cameras and camcorders,Used for macrophotography, product shooting, and video recording, etc
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & DIMMABLE: Lightweight and portable lights can be interlocked, so as to achieve different light brightness.
  • STABLE COLOR TEMPERATURE: Stable color temperature after long time uses.
  • LONG LIFE SPAN: Up to 50,000 hours.
Bestseller No. 3
VILTROX VL-162T 162 LED Video light, Portable Camera Photo Light Panel Dimmable for DSLR Camera Camcorder with Battery, Charger, High Brightness, 3300K-5600K Bi-Color, White Filter and LCD Display
184 Reviews
VILTROX VL-162T 162 LED Video light, Portable Camera Photo Light Panel Dimmable for DSLR Camera Camcorder with Battery, Charger, High Brightness, 3300K-5600K Bi-Color, White Filter and LCD Display
  • Dimmable and Color Modes Feature: Using control switch, brightness dimmer (20%-100%) and variable color temperature (3200K-5600K) to brighten up your videos or pictures. White removable filter will give more softer lighter shots and not dazzling.
  • Battery with Charger Included: AC adapter (Not Included) or battery with charger (Included in Package) for more convenient indoor or outdoor use. With standard hot shoe mount, this light can be adjusted angles while mounted on any DSLR camera, tripod, bracket, or light stand, etc.
  • Built-in LCD display: LCD panel shows a clear battery power, brightness and color temperature readings, let you operate easily and work more effective.
  • Multiple Lamps Combined Design. With 2 extending slots on the both sides, this portable, lightweight lamp can be easily linked together to fill light for different environments. CE, EMC, FCC, RoHS certification approved.
  • Max. brightness illumination with 162 powerful LED bulbs can be provided is : 1070LM/1250Lux(1m). The light design of small size, easy for carrying.
Bestseller No. 4
VILTROX L116T RA CRI95 Super Slim LED Light Panel,3300K-5600K LED Video Light Panel, LCD display screen,Color temperature and Brightness can be adjusted with NP-F550 Lithium battery
207 Reviews
VILTROX L116T RA CRI95 Super Slim LED Light Panel,3300K-5600K LED Video Light Panel, LCD display screen,Color temperature and Brightness can be adjusted with NP-F550 Lithium battery
  • The size is about 20*13*3cm ,only 260g , that's weightlight and portable .also comes with NP-F550 battery and charger.
  • You can change temperature (3300k-5600k) quickly and the brightgauge adjusts (20%-100%) based on how bright you have it.
  • Topest CRI95 cab completely with perfect color of sunlight and ensure that its light is natural lifelike .apply to portrait , children is , wedding and new photography etc.
  • With LCD display which can show the brightness, color temperature and battery percent.
  • Also support 12v AC adapter, can offer more stable power supply in studio . Ac adapter doesn't include.
SaleBestseller No. 5
NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera/Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic,SONY, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
4,173 Reviews
NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera/Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic,SONY, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
  • 160-LED lights for optimum illumination and diffuser.
  • There are 2 filters included with this item, with Spotlight effect, Diffuse effect, and for reducing the color temperature to 3200K
  • The light intensity can be changed to offer professional effects.
  • Rotate switch for on/off and brightness adjustment.
  • Compatible Battery (NOT INCLUDED): AA Ni-MH or Alkaline battery; Panasonic SD Series Li-ion Batteries; Sony Li-ion Battery FH, FM and F models. NOTE 1: Sony FW series battery can not work with the LED panel; NOTE 2: Batteries are needed to be taken out if not in use
Bestseller No. 6
Emart 60 LED Continuous Portable Photography Lighting Kit for Table Top Photo Video Studio Light Lamp with Color Filters - 2 Sets
151 Reviews
Emart 60 LED Continuous Portable Photography Lighting Kit for Table Top Photo Video Studio Light Lamp with Color Filters - 2 Sets
  • Contents: 2 x15w High Output Table Top LED Photography Light with Stand, 2 x Orange Color Gel Filter, 2 x White Color Gel Filter
  • Ideal for Product Photography: Retractable bracket, hand-held use available, Soft, wrap-around lighting is great for photographing small-to-medium-sized items
  • LED Table Top Studio: 60 LED / 1000 Lumen / 180° Adjustable Angle / Maximum Height: 11inch
  • 90+ CRI: Daylight balanced 5500K, 15w LED continuous lighting, deliver true and nature colors
  • Multi-function use: Perfect light for photography studio, lighting for video, images, collocation with all kinds of tabletop studio, an essential photography lighting kit for video shooting
Bestseller No. 7
GVM RGB LED Video Light with APP Control Full Color Output Camera Light CRI97 Dimmable 2000K-5600K Brightness for YouTube DSLR Camera Camcorder, with Battery, Charger, Filter, LCD Display, Carry Case
109 Reviews
GVM RGB LED Video Light with APP Control Full Color Output Camera Light CRI97 Dimmable 2000K-5600K Brightness for YouTube DSLR Camera Camcorder, with Battery, Charger, Filter, LCD Display, Carry Case
  • 【Adjustable color temperature and adjustable brightness】gvm-10s LED on camera light using control switch, you can easily control the brightness and the color temperature from 2000K to 5600k(warm to cold).Product has built-in LED display: LCD display shows clear brightness and color temperature readings, let you operate easily and work more effectively
  • 【Package includes】1x RGB video Light Panel 1xLi-ion Battery for Sony NP-F550,1 x Battery Charger ,1 x User Manual. 1 x Carry Bag
  • 【 CRI97 2000K/5600K multicolor led】led video camera light adopt 128 individual LED lights Long lasting used and this light can adjustable much more The kinds of colors such as red, yellow blue green ect
  • 【APP Intelligent Control System】The video light equipped with mobile APP control function, download the GVM APP in major APP stores ( such as Apple store / Google Play. Etc.) Convenience to control the accurate color and temperature you need. Effective for your Video shooting.
  • 【Support & Warranty 】GVM LED video light come with one year free warranty and refund within 30 days. GVM company team will provide 24H friendly customer service and email support.
Bestseller No. 8
Neewer 2 Pieces Bi-color 660 LED Video Light and Stand Kit Includes:(2)3200-5600K CRI 96+ Dimmable Light with U Bracket and Barndoor and (2)75 inches Light Stand for Studio Photography, Video Shooting
269 Reviews
Neewer 2 Pieces Bi-color 660 LED Video Light and Stand Kit Includes:(2)3200-5600K CRI 96+ Dimmable Light with U Bracket and Barndoor and (2)75 inches Light Stand for Studio Photography, Video Shooting
  • Kit includes: (2)Bi-color LED Video Light with U Bracket and Barndoor, (2)White Diffuser, (2)Power Adapter, (2)Power Cable, (2)Carrying Case and (2)26 inches/66 centimeters-75 inches/190 centimeters Adjustable Light Stand
  • With 330 White and 330 Yellow LED long lasting bulbs, this light illuminates a variable white balance from Tungsten-Daylight 3200-5600K Color Temperature; U-mount Bracket enables the photographers to adjust the lighting angle according to the shooting environment
  • The video light is made of excellent quality aluminum alloy showing simple elegant appearance; Can be placed directly on the light stand, ground or desk, providing multiple shooting solutions, more convenient for your creation work
  • The light is powered by AC Adapter (included) or NP-F550 NP-F970 Li-ion battery(not included); Attaching barn doors to light sources creates a beam spread of light; Comes with a white diffuser to soften the harsh light and a carrying bag to store the light and accessories
  • Adjustable Light Stand: Height ranges from 26 inches/66 centimeters to 75 inches/190 centimeters; Solid locking capabilities ensure the safety of your lighting equipment when in use
SaleBestseller No. 9
LED Video Light Kit with 2M Light Stand, SAMTIAN 2-Pack Dimmable 3200K/5500K 160 LED Photo Light Panel Lighting Kit with Large Carry Case Charger Batteries for YouTube Studio Photography Shooting
108 Reviews
LED Video Light Kit with 2M Light Stand, SAMTIAN 2-Pack Dimmable 3200K/5500K 160 LED Photo Light Panel Lighting Kit with Large Carry Case Charger Batteries for YouTube Studio Photography Shooting
  • 【2-meter adjustable light stand】 The updated stand can be adjusted from 27''/70cm-79''/200cm. Made of aluminum alloy with exceptional strength, bearing a maximum weight of 6 kg. Solid locking capabilities ensure the safety of your lighting equipment when in use.
  • 【3200K/5500K available and brightness adjustable】 With two filters 3200/5500K (white and orange) and brightness dimming from 10% to 100%, you can easily change the brightness and color temperature to present the desired shooting environment, giving you higher-quality images.
  • 【2 NP-F550 rechargeable battery】 LED video light lasts up to 50,000hrs. Battery fully charges in just 6 hours and can last up to 1.76 hours at maximum brightness. The indicator light of battery charger makes it easy for you to know if it is full or charging, green for full and red for charging. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use.
  • 【Universal applicable model】 Equipped with a hot shoe mount or 1/4" thread, this led video light can mount to any standard hot shoe on most DSLR or digital video cameras as well as tripods and light stands.
  • 【What you get】 2x LED Video Light, 2x Orange Filter, 2x Transparent Filter, 2x Hot Shoe Adapter, 2x Light Stand, 2x NP-F550 Battery, 1x Charger, 1x User Manual. If you receive the product with any problem, please feel free to contact us. You will get the best and satisfactory solution within 24 hours during working days and a 12-month warranty and life-time customer service.
Bestseller No. 10
LED Video Light, ESDDI 176 LED Ultra Bright Dimmable Camera Panel Light with battery, charger and USB Cable for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Olympus and All DSLR Cmeras
244 Reviews
LED Video Light, ESDDI 176 LED Ultra Bright Dimmable Camera Panel Light with battery, charger and USB Cable for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Olympus and All DSLR Cmeras
  • 176-LED Ultra High Power lights for optimum illumination and diffuser
  • Rotate switch for on/off and brightness adjustment from 100% down to 1%
  • Including 4 color filters ,a NP-F550 type battery and charger with micro-USB charging cable
  • Portable video light mini but strong light ,for anything from portrait to nature or night time photography
  • Cold shoe adapter with 1/4"-20 threaded hole makes the light compatible with all DSLR cameras, camcorders, tripods and light stands

Types of On Camera Video Lights

On Camera Video Lights Items

An Example Of On Camera Video Lights

The first kind of on camera video light is the LED light panel. These lights range in size from small to large and are perfect for bringing a pop of light to any recording space, indoors or out. Perfect for night recordings in remote locations, these on camera lights are easy to transport, easy to use, and can be used without a direct plug-in due to their economically efficient nature. Available as both camera attachments and standing light panels, these relatively cheap lighting options can help make filming outdoors and at night a breeze.

Another form of on cameras video light is the ring light. Perfect for makeup tutorial videos or personal interviews, this light bathes the face in light without overwhelming its more delicate features. With many different size and color options available, these lights can come in both large and small varieties and can even be made to work with phone cameras. Though not exclusively used on video, these lights are a staple for any filmmaker and photographer as they really help to bring out the facial features on camera.

Another major type of on camera video lighting is relatively similar to the LED light panel. These lights use energy-friendly LED light panels are longer than their panel relatives and are useful for overhead lighting while on set. These LED lights allow the user to change the various color tones and temperatures that they produce, making them indispensable to any studio.

With the wide range of specialized on camera video lights available, make sure to do your research to find out the recommended lighting type for your personal filmographic needs. Feel free to experiment with multiple forms of lighting to help develop your own artistic style or use one of these on camera lights to add the finishing touches to your video set up. Whatever your needs, finding the right on camera video light for your needs can be game-changing.

The Latest In On Camera Video Lights

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Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable 5600K USB LED Video Light with Adjustable Tripod Stand/Color Filters for Tabletop/Low Angle Shooting, Colorful LED Lighting, Product Portrait YouTube Video Photography
5 Reviews
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable 5600K USB LED Video Light with Adjustable Tripod Stand/Color Filters for Tabletop/Low Angle Shooting, Colorful LED Lighting, Product Portrait YouTube Video Photography
  • PACKAGE INCLUDES: (2)USB LED Light Panel with USB Cable, (2)Mini Tripod Stand, (2)Extension Rod Stick, (2)White Filter, (2)Red Filter, (2)Yellow Filter, (2)Blue Filter; (NOTE: Carrying bag is not included)
  • MULTIPLE-USE LED LIGHTING SET: The small LED panel light (5.51×3.714 inches/14×9.5 centimeters) can be 180 degree adjustable, meeting your different demands on suitable shooting angle; Its brightness can be adjusted from 10% to 100%, and 66 Pieces energy-saving LED bulbs can provide superior lighting you need under different circumstances; Designed with convenient USB plug, you can plug it in your desktop PC, mobile power, charging plug or your USB socket at any time you want
  • OPTIONAL SHOOTING EFFECT: Comes with 4 color filters (white, red, yellow and blue), they can provide softer and colorful lighting; You can change the color of the light through the 4 kind filters to create cool photos and videos (Note: Color filters need to be used with the white diffuser. Please insert the white diffuser firstly and put into another color filter)
  • MULTI-USE TRIPOD STAND: The mini tripod (8.85 inches/22.5 centimeters) can be directly connected with the light panel to provide a ultra-low position lighting; It can also be connected with the 4-section extension stick with height ranging 20.27-45.66 inches
  • WIDE APPLICATION: It can be used as desktop lamp or floor lamp as you like. Suitable for living room, study room, baby room, bathroom, office, studio, etc; Perfect for product portrait youtube video photography
SaleNew
Falcon Eyes F7 12W RGB Led Light,with Honeycomb Grid and Softbox,CRI 97,2500K-9000K Adjustable with Magnet Adsorption Function, OLED Display,Multiple Scenario Mode
1 Reviews
Falcon Eyes F7 12W RGB Led Light,with Honeycomb Grid and Softbox,CRI 97,2500K-9000K Adjustable with Magnet Adsorption Function, OLED Display,Multiple Scenario Mode
  • Falcon Eyes F7 12W RGB LED Mini Pocket On Camera Light is a RGB small fill light with built-in battery, which uses an integrated aluminium alloy fuselage.
  • Falcon Eyes F7 is 0-100 level dimming, each color has 100 level saturation and brightness to adjust.
  • Falcon Eyes F7 LED Maximum power is 12W, illumination is 4000lux with the distance of 0.3m and CRI is 97. The adjustable range of color temperature is 2500-9000K.
  • Falcon Eyes F7 Mini Pocket Size Light is built-in multiple scenario mode applications, including police cars, fire engines, ambulances, lightning, paparazzi, HSI slow rotation, HS fast rotation, TV screen and candlelight.
  • With 1 inch OLED display, Type-C standard USB charging interface, supporting QC3.0 fast charging, the brightest lasting time is about 2 hours. With Magnet Adsorption Function ,You can easy put the light on the place which is ferruginous .
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Falcon Eyes F7 RGB Led Pocket Fill Light, CRI: 97, 2500K-9000K Adjustable, 0-100% Stepless Dimming, OLED Display, Multiple Scenario Mode, Built-in Battery for Vlog, YouTube, Live Video, Film Maker
  • Pockelite pocket light F7 RGB mini fill light is with built-in battery, comes with strong magnetic, can be adsorbed on the surface of the metal, hand-free.
  • Power: 12W, illumination: 4000lux with the distance of 0.3m, CRI: 97. Adjustable Color temperature: 2500-9000K.
  • 0-100 level dimming, 0-360 kinds of adjustable color, each color has 100 level saturation and brightness to adjust
  • Built-in multiple scenario mode applications, including police cars, fire engines, ambulances, lightning, paparazzi, HSI slow rotation, HS fast rotation, TV screen and candlelight.
  • With OLED display, Type-C standard USB charging interface, supporting QC3.0 fast charging, the brightest lasting time is about 2 hours.

On Camera Video Lights Video

Here is a YouTube video discussing various types of on camera video lights:

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