Zhiyun Molus G60 lightweight powerful LED 60 W spot light
🚧 I would like to clarify because it’s not very clear but that the ZhiYun Molus G60 does not have a battery and therefore must be constantly powered to function. It’s quite obvious ZhiYun couldn’t have added batteries with such a lightweight and small size lighting fixture.
✅ This is also not something dedicated to photography because it is a continuous lighting lamp, there is no flash sync, so it is oriented towards video.
Therefore, here is the ZhiYun Molus G60 cinema video LED lamp, 60 W spot for video. (in French)
✅ So, indeed, in terms of weight, it’s really ridiculous since we’re at 300 g on the scale. If you’re used to doing interviews with a light placed on an offset bar, it’s absolutely perfect.
When it comes to the size of this item, I recommend checking out the photos below to get a better idea of its dimensions. However, I must emphasize that it is incredibly compact and won’t take up much room at all. This is especially advantageous if you have limited storage in your bag or if you plan on using it in a smaller area.
You can use them as they are without needing any kind of reflector bowl if you need a quick and broad lighting.
✅ Additionally, there are light modifiers possible through a new mount they call YZ. You can also find an adapter for traditional modifiers for purchase and use your entire existing arsenal.
✅ In this package, ZhiYun provides you with 2 options to modify your beam, in addition to using them as they are.
With soft diffuser, or using just the reflector.
You have a parabolic reflector that really allows for the concentration of the beam forward and avoids illuminating too much on the right and left sides. Looking at the drawing on the wall, we can still see a hotter point in the center.
✅ On this parabolic reflector, you can place a kind of rubber half-circle that diffuses light very well. Be careful to place it with a balloon-like shape facing outward and make sure not to place it in reverse, meaning with the rubber part touching the LED.
This diffusion increases the diameter of the LED and is therefore perfect for illuminating a room, for example.
✅ Returning to the topic of power supply, you have a 24-volt AC adapter that can be plugged into the back of the device with a small angled connector.
✅ A small green LED will light up when the voltage is present to assist you during setup and ensure that there is already power at that location. The LED is not very bright, so it should be covered to check if it is lit up when shooting outdoor.
the power supply is almost as heavy as the light.
🎁 This power supply is designed for portability and convenience, as it can be easily stored in a complimentary bag and attached to your foot for added stability during use.
Although it may generate some heat after prolonged use, it is nothing to be worried about.
Moreover, the provided power cord is long enough to offer greater flexibility in positioning the device, measuring over 2 meters in length.
This is the cord for Europe, you will received the one fitting your country.
✅ The advantage of this lamp begins with its ability to be powered directly through USB, but a highly powerful power supply of approximately 100 watts that includes the Qc or PD standard will be required.
✅ The major benefit is that if you only have a 15-watt power supply, i.e., a normal USB or a 30-watt power supply, the back screen will indicate your power and only use what is available.
✅ Therefore, you can easily use a Power Bank and connect it to your lamp, and it will provide the power that your USB cable can deliver. Additionally, it will indicate on the screen with a flashing light when you have reached the maximum power.
✅ Unless conducting interviews facing the sun, even at 30% power, the luminous flux is already significant.
🏆 Therefore, having multiple ways to power it is certainly an advantage.
In other words, even at a lower power level, the amount of light emitted is still substantial and sufficient for most purposes, except perhaps for direct sunlight. Hence, having various options to power the light source is undoubtedly advantageous.
✅ The small screen at the back is highly readable and simultaneously displays the current power output and selected color temperature.
✅ There are two intelligently designed potentiometers at the back that are not identical in shape. This means that even in the dark, you can immediately tell if you have the button that adjusts the power or the one that adjusts the color temperature at your fingertips.
✅ These buttons are rotary with small notches, but there is also the possibility to push them like a push button to access preset settings. With the power knob, you automatically go from 0 to 50% then 100%, for example.
🎁 During my testing, I discovered that if you press and hold the left button, a new menu will appear. It allows you to choose whether you want the lamp to turn on every time it receives electricity or if it stays off and waits for you to turn it on manually.
Of course, I chose the mode where the lamp turns on as soon as it has electricity because I don’t like running to all my light switches to turn them on again in case someone unplugs something. This is especially true if you place the lamp at a certain height.
✅ As for ventilation, there is indeed a fan on the side that takes in air from above and below to push it horizontally. Normally, you can hardly hear it, you really have to put your ear next to it.
It wasn’t necessarily very hot when I tested it, but I couldn’t test the fan at a higher speed. So I had fun placing my hand on one of the air inlets to block the incoming air, and I actually heard the fans start to spin a little faster and therefore louder.
✅ A few seconds later, they were once again back to a completely inaudible level. Unless you place the lamp extremely close to your microphones, there is absolutely no reason to worry that it will make too much noise even at maximum speed.
✅ I had fun with a thermal camera and it is clear that there is really no heat problem, everything is perfectly managed with the internal heat sink.
✅ As for the lighting quality, I don’t really have the tools to do it like a professional. I went up to the maximum shutter speed and there is absolutely no vibration in the image.
✅ Additionally, there are no unusual hues along the sides of the lamp, indicating that the beam is well-managed and precisely focused. This attention to detail and precision in design results in a high-quality product
🚧 In terms of regrets, one might wonder why they made a white lamp instead of a darker color that would potentially prevent reflections on surfaces like glass.
🚧 The small lamp has a kind of L-shaped piece that allows you to tilt it, but I believe there is room for improvement in the design of this metal piece. It is relatively close to the body of the lamp, which means that when you place it on a stand, if your screw is even slightly longer, it will touch it and prevent you from rotating it 180 degrees. You can solve this problem by placing a washer between the lamp and your stand, but it is not ideal.
🚧 This small lock wheel is really tiny and difficult to grip with large hands or gloves.
🚧 Another point of criticism is the fact that this small holder has notches for an absolutely perfect grip. Unfortunately, the angle at which you tilt your lamp is inevitably fixed, which is not ideal in all cases. The notches are quite large, so there is a significant angle between each possible position.
✅ This issue disappears if you install the adapter for larger diameter bowls, which allows for a linear tilt.
🏆 I must say that what impressed me the most was the lightweight of this lamp and its powerful output. It’s truly something that you can slip into your camera kit and have a fully operational lamp for interviews.
✅ The dual power capability is also something that I appreciate immensely because it means that you can use it even where there is no electricity with a powerful battery charger for your phone.
🏆 It is certainly a significant investment, but honestly, it’s a small lamp that you can use in multiple situations, making it well worth the cost.
✅ I am eagerly looking forward to finding other accessories, such as a lens that would allow me to use these mini-lamps as Dedolights which are specialized lighting devices commonly used in film and video production. The lens could be a condenser lens, which helps to focus and control the light emitted by the lamp. By using such an accessory, I could achieve a more professional and versatile lighting setup.