AndyCine sent this full RGB LED light with color temperature adjustment and 9 effects modes. I put the light through its paces in a mixture of use cases such as macro photography, vlogging, product photography, miniature scene and diorama timelapse/photo/video. I also tested out the light output compared to my Promaster and “Craphy” LED lights that are somewhat similar.
My contact sent me a 10% off code on the Boling P1 RGB bi-color light that works on the AndyCine Amazon store:
Discount Code: ScottRGB
Product link: https://amzn.to/2BSQp7G
I’m not sure when the code expires. The video hasn’t done well views wise, so they wanted to help out with the discount code!
- Model No: BL-P1
- Charging Power: 12W
- Charging interface: Type-C 5V/9V/12V Qc3.0 Intelligent charge
- Battery Capacity: 7.4V 2930 mAh
- Output selection: 0-100%
- RGB Color Gamut: 0-360 full color
- Color accuracy: CRI 96, TLCI 97
- CCT: 2500-8500k color temperature
- Intensity: 1480 lux at 0.5 meters
- Fastest charging time: 90 min
- Full power time: 140 min
- Lithium Ion Battery: 2930 mAh
- Button SET: Menu switch button
- FN: Multi-function button
- DIM: Dimmer button
- Weight: 260g
- Size: 150x70x15mm
- A full range of RGB output along with color accurate bi-color.
- Compact size so it’s easy to bring along and not too noticeable.
- Solid build with a metal casing and mount.
- Versatile mount system that’s integrated into the light.
- A bright screen with exact values controlled by dials instead of buttons. Push buttons can be slow. Exact values are key to getting consistent results.
Details and what is included:
- Double jointed metal mounting bracket that has 7 screw threads and a lanyard loop. The light comes with a cold-shoe attachment. Both are very solid feeling with the device itself definitely having some weight to it.
- Control consists of an on/off button, a jog dial with a button to control mode plus sub-mode, and a dial for adjusting values.
- The light does remember modes and sub-modes, but I think it’s timer based between 5 to 10 seconds. There isn’t any way to force the light to instantly save a setting. You need to leave it set for a few seconds to make sure it stays on that setting for the next power cycle. There are hard stops on each end of the brightness control dial, so whatever that is set to the light will start up with.
- The light is rated 1480 lux at 0.5 meters. It has three modes: standard bi-color, RGB mode, and effects mode. The bi-color goes from 2500k to 8500k. That’s a large range! The RGB is a complete range with saturation control. There are 9 effects: lightning 1, lightning 2, TV screen glow, slow RGB loop, fast RGB loop, police car, ambulance, and fire truck. Some of these at maximum power are very intense.
- There is a USB-C port for charging. It comes with a USB-C cable, which is nice. It’s rated to use fast charging features of the USB-C specification. Normal chargers work just fine. I was only able to test with normal chargers.
- The light comes with a soft case. Inside the case there is a hex wrench for adjusting the tension of the double jointed mounting arm.
Notes in use:
- The first light sent to me didn’t survive being charged. I’ve seen some reports of people having duds as well. Make sure where you buy it from has a good exchange policy. My contact at AndyCine was very helpful with the process of getting me a second one.
- The power indicator changes a lot based on what you have the output set to. It was jumping from one to three bars toward the end of my excursion to a local state park for vlogging and macro photography. That said, I didn’t run out of power.
- I ran the (second) light for 20 minutes at full output and charged it at the same time. I’ve charged it multiple times so far. No issues with the second light. The light pulls around 12 watts consistently until it reaches capacity. For amps I see around 0.17, again, until it is reaching capacity.
- You can attach the hot-shoe accessory to the light while it’s packed in the soft case, but I don’t see a way to quickly add/remove it in that situation. In this case I attached the accessory to my camera cage instead because it was a lot faster to access that way.
- It’s definitely a hefty light. Full metal casing and bracket. Just keep in mind there is some weight, which can be good or bad depending on your situation. My scale measured at 1lb 5.6oz for M50 + 11-22mm + battery + card, 9.2oz for the light (612.35g vs. 272.15g).
- It has more of everything than the other two similar lights I have. Smaller in size, but more lighting options. Color adds a lot of possibilities.
- You will want to consider mounting options to keep the light from shifting in the connection joint. The included hot-shoe connector does have rubber at the connection points, but it loosens in use. I noticed that while doing macro work outdoors where the light was extended far away from the connection point on the camera’s hot-shoe.
Features I’d like to see or adjusted:
- I’d like to see some type of locking pin setup on the mount arm. With the included cold-shoe mount it can shift, especially considering the weight of the light. It worked okay when I had it extended from a camera hot-shoe, but it was shifting side to side occasionally. I needed to tighten the shoe connector a few times.
- No wireless control? Some lights have power control or even wireless charging now. (adding this potentially would make the light larger and add cost).
- Removable batteries would be nice. (that would require a larger device and make it less convenient in some ways due to added complexity).
Features I like:
- It’s a compact light with a large amount of output types from bi-color to full RGB and effects.
- Output seems good for what I’ve done so far from vlogging to macro and product photography.
- The exterior case and mount are very solid feeling. The mount itself is compact yet versatile.
- The back screen allows for exact settings. That makes consistent output possible. The light does save what the settings are automatically after around 10 seconds, so cycling power doesn’t require re-adjusting the light if you use a specific setting a lot.
I see this light as a solid all-rounder that can do a lot in a pretty small package. The overall design feels thoughtful and features like the mode and sub mode being automatically saved help in usability. I’m looking forward to using the light more.
Linked Video Transcription:
Today we're taking a look at this AndyCine Boling P1 light that I was sent to check out. It has a lot of features. Full RGB, bi-color, and some effects in it. I took it out for vlogging, macro photography, and also did some product videography and photos, and a little diorama thing. So all of that in this video. Gonna look at this in detail. Let's get started. It's a pretty compact light. It has integrated mount with two pivot points on it with seven mounting locations for screws. So definitely a lot of points to mount things on this light. Also, full metal body and the mount itself is metal as well. Definitely solid and has some real heft to it. Nice thing about this bracket is that it it extends without any extra stuff, so you got right from the hot shoe all the way... Now, it is pretty heavy. It's probably not a great idea to have it running on there. But general flash are about that weight. It's just there's definitely some weight outside of it. Buttons wise on/off button, a set button to switch between the three different modes. You've got the bi-color. You have the full RGB, and also the effects. So with that set button you press that and it cycles through. You also have a jog wheel on there. That is a button itself. You can change the settings with that. And one standard analog dial for adjusting the power level of whatever mode you're in. Another nice thing is you can leave the light on and turn it down to zero power just as I'm kind of going.. walking around. And I don't have to keep messing with the on/off switch. The back screen shows you exactly what power level you're at. Also what mode and sub mode you're in. So if you're in standard bi-color it'll give you the color temperature plus the percentage of power. When you switch to the RGB mode you have one for color and one for saturation, and also of course the value for brightness. On the back there is a scale to show you what value to pick for what color you want. I compared the P1 to two different lights that I have that are similar. One is the Promaster, I have an old video and that one. Doesn't have bi-color, you just get that white light from it. Also, I have another one that has removable batteries. That one is actually bi-color. It's a little bit bigger. More diffusion on it. What I noticed while looking at the three. Output seems generally similar. I really can't tell if it's got a lot more power than the other ones. With color temperature I set the camera to whatever I was trying to output with the three different lights. With the Promaster it was given a green cast to it. The CRI rating is 75 or something like that. With the 95 rated P1 I was getting a little bit of a magenta, but it was definitely more true. The P1 has a lot more fine control on the light output. You've got one percent to a hundred percent, and at one percent.. two percent.. five percent.. You definitely get a lot less light, which is nice. In some situations where you don't need a huge bright light, it's nice to have. Of course, with the back screen shows a actual number value. If you were to want a certain value you can record that and go back to it. So with the Promaster it doesn't do that. It's just got an analog value. And you could leave it on that, but you won't be able to reproduce your lighting exactly. Because it doesn't have a number value the P1 does appear to save the values for what you were running. I think there's a timer involved. But it does save it. It seems to be consistent if you leave it on for about 10 seconds. There is a USB-C port for charging. It does support the fast charging apparently, but I don't personally have any of those fast chargers. However I did try it out on quite a few different chargers and they got similar results. It pulls around 12 watts and also about 0.17 amps from what I could tell with my device that measures that. AndyCine did send me a unit that did not survive its first charge, but they sent me a second one. And the second one appears to be just fine. I did have it set to a hundred percent power running as well as charging it at the same time and it did do the standard around 12 watts pulling for that situation. The light comes with a soft case that has loops for a belt. That worked nicely. It also comes with a small mount for cold-shoes hot-shoes. Now, it does shift a little bit here and there. Especially when I was doing the macro photography, but it's decent. It has some rubber on it that helps that situation a little bit. So I pop it on and you got light right where you need it. You can adjust it up and down. That works very nicely. The macro photography is the best use case I've found so far with this light. If you're using a cage it'll be even better, but with this setup and no cage. Just as a camera plus the light... get that nice extension. So I was using the Super Takumar 50 millimeter F/1.4 with the adapter from M42 to EF-M mount. And then I had two EF-M extension tubes. With the tubes, the lens, the adapter it had a perfect amount of extension for that setup with the light. With macro photography the main thing you want to do is try to use smaller apertures so get more in focus and with a light like this that is positioned properly... that really really helps. Because it definitely gave me some options for getting light right and the subject in those macro situations. I could adjust the light up and down to get even better angles for that. I could rotate it. It worked very nicely! Also, I tried some standard product videography, photography. Trying to do a zoom in with these lenses. And I think that would work nicely for the setup of a video about a certain product. Anything like that could work out. Also, just standard product photos. Adding a splash of color in the background or other situations. Of course when you're trying to do that you're going to want two different lights instead of just a single light. I did use a little bit of fill with a piece of cardboard for this setup. But in general if you want to have some color you're gonna want two lights. I can see using this light for my hands-on videos at the local camera shop. Gonna try it out at some point, but in general it would definitely work just fine for that setup. With the vlogging it worked out nicely. It definitely adds a decent amount of fill. At least give your face some light, and in that setup it works out. Let's turn this off. Yeah! That's a big difference... Turn this on. I understand the vlogger-ness. See how bright it gets. Oh yeah, it's not bad, not bad... Of course, if you're using glasses like I do you might get some reflections in the glasses. It's just.. depending on how you set up the light. How you adjust it, but in this case it has a pretty versatile mount system. So you could potentially adjust things to not have it reflect in your glasses. When I did go to the state park it was very dreary and definitely a good situation for lights like this that had a decent amount of fill when it's not super bright out. I didn't have any issues with the output of this specific light. One thing to keep in mind with vlogging as this light is not lightweight. It definitely add some heft to your setup. I did measure out the M50 with the 11 to 22 millimeter lens, a battery, and a memory card verses this light itself. Think I gotta go two hands for this. It gets pretty heavy! I didn't have the light fully charged before going on the outing to the local state park, but it did last the entire time. I've been using the light quite a bit and it is got one bar down so far. What you can do is bring some type of battery with you. In this case we've got the Power Grip from Vivitar. THE POWER GRIP It is a grip and that is convenient. With some type of a battery plus the light itself integrated with the camera that could be a very nice setup. In a studio setting I tried to do a few different things. I had some Legos set up. Had a little diorama. So I was trying out the effects modes. If you are sensitive to flashing light, keep that mind. With this video we're gonna show you those modes. So with the Legos I was doing those effects modes mostly. And I did set it to the standard power at one point, but I also tried a time-lapse and one of the effects modes. Didn't really turn out how I was expecting, but I can see that as a fun option with just having the light running continuously and adjusting things. There are nine different effects. Lighting 1, lightning 2 TV screen glow, and also the RGB loops. as well as the police, ambulance, and fire truck. Here is the Boling at 1% power... Let's bumped up a little bit before we do anything else. Some of the features that I might change or adjust in a future revision of the light... So with the end of the mounting setup, it would be nice if it were a little bit longer and it had some type of pin. Where with the proper adapter it wouldn't shift. I have noticed that some other lights that have recently been released do have wireless control, like full wireless control, or wireless charging so those are other options. Let's go over the features that I really do like about the light. First off, because is it is full RGB with bi-color and effects that just gives you a lot of functionality light wise in one device .It is definitely bright enough for a lot of situations. I didn't have any issues with amount of power output for the light with what I was doing as I mentioned before with macro photography, product photography, I'm definitely gonna be using this light more. The general build quality of the light is very solid. You've got the metal casing and the metal bracket system. Having a back screen on there with exact values is very useful to be consistent with your photo and video stuff. You know you can really dial down and remember those exact settings. And as I mentioned. I think on a timer it does save those settings. So if you turn the power off and on it will go back to that as long as you let it run for a little bit. That was a look at the AndyCine Boling P1 vlogger video light. Definitely very versatile, solid construction on it. As I mentioned the first unit that they sent did not survive the first charge, But this one definitely seems very functional. No issues with it. Scott From Photography Banzai, thanks! Charge it.. once I... A good thing you can do is bring some type ahhh... It is very colorful! What you're trying to do, but. Let's redo that.