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REVIEW: Yongnuo YN-160 III, Affordable Lighting for Video and Photography

Yongnuo YN-160 III, Affordable Lighting for Video and Photography
Yongnuo YN-160 III, Affordable Lighting for Video and Photography



The Yongnuo YN-160 III. This is the third generation of this model, and Yongnuo says that it is much brighter than its predecessors with now 192 LED beads (half for the 3200K and the other half for the 5300K).

The reason I bought this lighting was for professional video work. From what I can tell, when set to full power, this light is really very bright (and hot!) and can light up subjects around 2 to 3 meters. Its not only useful for video work, but also provides a good amount of steady lighting for photography. Most of the time, I use the 5300K at full power and the 3200K at 50% or sometimes zero.

Just to give you an idea, when at full power, it is enough to light up my room at half the brightness I get from the room's fluorescent lamp. It's also good enough to light up subject for portraiture or interviews in dimly lit scenes.

It is a small and lightweight tool, making it portable and great for travel. It has a cute feature that lets you save your light setting. First, set your lighting power, then long-press the 'SET' button for a few seconds. It will blink to confirm that it is saved. Next time you want to load the setting, just press the SET button.

The lights are dimmable, that was one of the features I was looking for that its cheaper competitors don't offer. It has a built-in silver barn door which is used as a reflector, but can also be narrowed to emphasize the subject or for dramatic effect.

The Yongnuo YN-160 III comes with the following accessories: 2x diffusing filters, hotshoe base stand, handle bar, and instruction manual. The diffusing filters don't seem to have any effect at all so I leave them in the box most of the time.

The Yongnuo YN-160 III can be mounted on the camera's hot shoe mount, on a hotshoe stand, on the handle bar, and on light stand. It might feel very heavy when mounted on the DSLR hot shoe mount, so it's better off on a light stand.

A separate AC power cord can be bought. However, the cord was always pulling it around so I rely on the Sony NP-F970A battery which has ample supply with 7200mAh of power. It should last about 2 hours with continuous use at full power.


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SPECS

Light source:
192 LED beads

Color Temperature:

Color Rendering Index:
≥95

Output power
12W

Brightness:
1536 Lumens

Luminance Angle:
55ยบ

Package Weight:
670g

Color box size:
195*175*75mm

Power Sources:
Sony NP-F series lithium batteries
Net weight:
330g

 Yongnuo YN-160 III


 Yongnuo YN-160 III





 Yongnuo YN-160 III

 Yongnuo YN-160 III

 Yongnuo YN-160 III



Shot with the
Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B)
at f/8

 Yongnuo YN-160 III

 Yongnuo YN-160 III
Edit: This image was darkened.



Shot with the
Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B)
at f/2.5

 Yongnuo YN-160 III
Here is a warmer setup.

 Yongnuo YN-160 III
The warm light totally turned off.




Shot with the
Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 (AI)
all at f/8

 Yongnuo YN-160 III, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI

 Yongnuo YN-160 III, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI

 Yongnuo YN-160 III, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI

 Yongnuo YN-160 III, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI

 Yongnuo YN-160 III, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI

 Yongnuo YN-160 III, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI


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