Best ring light in 2023: beautiful lighting for vlogging, video calls and selfies

Best ring lights
The ESDDI PLV-R432 is one of the best ring lights you can buy (Image credit: ESDDI)

The best ring lights are used by TikTokers and vloggers, makeup artists and Facetimers. They are also great for videoconferencing and remote meetings, giving a much brighter and more professional look than room lighting and windows. And of course, they're also used by photographers to achieve soft, sumptuous lights for portraits and headshots.

The secret is their size and shape. he best ring lights produce a constant, wide, circular light that illuminates the face from all directions – and the bigger the ring, the softer the lighting. The result is incredibly flattering illumination, with spectacular circular catchlights in the eyes, soft falloff, and light that generally wraps and sculpts the face. 

Pair the best ring lights with the best webcams (opens in new tab) and your home setup will instantly look more professional; pair them with the best cameras for portraits (opens in new tab) and the best lenses for portraits (opens in new tab) and you can achieve other great results. 

Videographers love ring lights not just because of their soft and flattering lighting but because they provide a continuous light – regular camera flash is obviously no good at all for video. Many of the best ring lights enable you to adjust the color temperature to suit different skin tones (making them great for makeup tutorials, too) and to match the ambient lighting conditions. Whether you're using them in the sun, the shade or yellow-tinged indoor light, you can make your lighting look natural.

Lastly, if you want to shoot a different kind of close-up, check out our guide to the best ringflash for macro photography (opens in new tab).

Best ring lights in 2023

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Editor's Choice

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A 12-inch ring light that's the perfect blend of price, brightness and portability

Specifications

Color temperature: 3,000K / 4,500K / 6,500K
Power source: USB
Dimensions: 300mm outer diameter, 241mm inner diameter
Weight: 260g

Reasons to buy

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Great light quality
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Great build quality
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Brilliant tripod included

Reasons to avoid

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USB power only

This 12-inch Razer Ring Light does everything you could possibly want. The one downside to it is that's it's only powered via USB but that isn't the end of the world - especially considering how good the light quality is. They haven't skimped on build quality either, unlike a lot of ring lights, the Razer feels very sturdy and reliable. 

There are cheaper and brighter options out there – along with the more expensive, albeit wireless, Lume Cube Ring Light Mini – but we think this strikes the perfect balance of portability, brightness and price. It's a fantastic 12-inch ring light perfect for video conferencing, vlogging or streaming and you won't be disappointed with your purchase. 

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A powerful, portable ring light with a 7-foot stand included

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200-5600K
Power source: Li-Ion battery (integrated), mains
Dimensions: 17 inches

Reasons to buy

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Mains or 120 minutes of wireless power
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Intelligent settings readout
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Remote control
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7-foot light stand included

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than rivals

This ring light earns its "Pro" designation with distinction. At 17 inches in diameter it's an inch smaller than the Lume Cube Wireless Ring Light (opens in new tab) (below), but it gives you a half hour more battery life and the new light stand is a half-foot higher. The new remote control is a godsend for lighting yourself, and the improved diffusion is a dream for lighting portrait subjects. The quality of light is also absolutely spot-on, which is particularly important for creators shooting content such as makeup tutorials. 

So everything about this light is premium – though that also includes the price tag, which stands at 60 bucks more than the Wireless model (which, in itself, is over 100 bucks more than the lower grade but still great Razer Ring Light (opens in new tab). If performance is paramount, this is the way to go – but if budget is a factor, Lume Cube or Razer's alternatives may be more up your alley.

Recommended

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It costs a little more, but this is a powerful 18-inch ring light that's both versatile and practical

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200-5600K
Power source: Li-Ion batteries, mains
Dimensions: 18 inches

Reasons to buy

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Mains or 90 minutes of wireless power
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LED readout for settings
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6.5-foot light stand included

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than rivals

The Lube Cube Wireless ring light might seem overpriced but it has a lot of really great features compared to other ring lights. The light itself is really bright, you can either run it off mains power or for up to 90 minutes on batteries which are supplied. It also includes an LED readout to monitor your settings and it comes with a sturdy 6.5ft light stand.

It's an 18-inch ring light which makes it perfect for shooting portraits or filming videos. As it's wireless you can use it on location or in the studio which makes it a great option if you want to be able to do both. If you're looking for a ring light to shoot flat lays or unboxing videos, we're not convinced the plastic mounting bracket is the best but if you're using it in a normal upright position, look no further. And if you're looking for a smaller wireless alternative, check out the 12-inch Lume Cube Ring Light Mini

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4. Rotolight Ultimate Vlogging Kit

Rotolight's Ultimate Vlogging Kit is a great smartphone add-on, though the small size means slightly harsher light

Specifications

Color temperature: 6300K, 5600K, 4100K, 3200K (using filters)
Power source: 3x AA batteries
Dimensions: 130mm outer dia / 38mm inner dia
Weight: 170g

Reasons to buy

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80W equivalent power
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Ultra compact
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Includes filters to adjust temp

Reasons to avoid

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Changing filters is fiddly

The Rotolight RL48-B Stealth was one of our favorite portable ring lights in years past, but disappeared from the market a while ago. Now it's back in an all-in-one kit, which also includes a Rotolight mini tripod, stand adapter, phone clip and accessory bar – making it the perfect partner for a tabletop smartphone setup. While this kit is geared towards phones, the RL-48 is also an ideal on-camera light for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras (opens in new tab). The Neo 2 is a bit heavy and unwieldy for the hotshoe, but this smaller model is just the right size (though this kit doesn't include a foot for the shoe), and the hole in the middle is perfect to poke a microphone through! 

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The Neo 3 looks pricey, but this is also a powerful lighting tool for photography and video generally

Specifications

Color temperature: 3000-10000K
Power source: NPF-750 24V battery, AC adapter
Dimensions: 145 x 50mm
Weight: 354g (without batteries)

Reasons to buy

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Bicolor lighting
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Temperature adjustment
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Powerful HSS flash mode

Reasons to avoid

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Not a true ring light

Okay, so technically the Rotolight Neo isn't actually a ring light but it is round and it works really well. Because it isn't donut shaped, the light won't be as soft and the catchlights in the eyes won't be as round but it does have other advantages. Hybrid photographers shooting stills and video often need both a flashgun and a constant lamp for lighting, doubling up on the kit they need to carry. The Rotolight Neo 3 serves both purposes and, while small enough to slot into a camera’s hotshoe, it delivers powerful constant lighting and almost twice its maximum output in flash mode, although that’s still nowhere near as powerful as a ‘proper’ flashgun. If power is what you want, though, along with the ability to use colored gels and presets designed by leading photographers and Emmy-winning cinematographers, check out the (even pricier) Rotolight Neo 3 Pro (opens in new tab)

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6. Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light

A cheap and simple ring light, perfect for TikTok

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200k-6000k
Power source: USB
Dimensions: 380x283x950 mm
Weight: 1.3kg

Reasons to buy

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Easy to operate
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Small and portable
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Tripod included

Reasons to avoid

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USB power only

Many people who are looking for a ring light don't necessarily need loads of fancy bells and whistles. They just want something simple that works, and in that regard, the Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light is an excellent choice. It's on the smaller side for a ring light, but still a perfectly good size for self-taping, vlogging, TikToks and other quick and easy uses. It plugs in via USB, and comes with a 54-inch tripod, meaning it's very easy to get started the instant you take the Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light out of its box.

You don't get the sophisticated features of some other ring lights on this list like those from Rotolight, and there are also larger lights available, including from Neewer themselves. But the Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light is an all-around solid choice that will suit the vast majority of users perfectly, and that's why it nabs our top spot. The bottom line is: if you're looking for a ring light, this will almost certainly fit the bill.

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7. Neewer 20" Dimmable Ring Light

This is one of the biggest ring light available but it's pretty pricey!

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200-5600K
Power source: 1x NP-F battery, mains power
Dimensions: 530mm outer dia / 420mm inner dia

Reasons to buy

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Best ring light for makeup tutorials
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Huge 20-inch diameter
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Mains or battery power
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Takes Sony NP-F batteries

Reasons to avoid

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ESDDI is more powerful

If bigger is better then Neewer's 20-inch option is the way to go! While it's the largest ring light on offer here, with 44W of dimmable output from 352 LEDs, it doesn't have quite as much power or temperature range as ESDDI's 18-inch 48W model. However, larger light sources are softer – and the Neewer offers the option of battery power in addition to mains, compatible with the versatile NP-F550 / F970 family (two batteries and a charger are included, though you'll lose about 10W of output compared to mains power). Also bundled are a 6'5" light stand, ball head adapter and vertical / horizontal phone holder, wireless remote and carry case. If you're looking for a true ring light with the largest light spread and wire-free shooting, you've found it. 

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8. Xinbaohong Clip-On Selfie Light

A clip on ring light for selfies and iPad will help brighten your image without breaking the bank

Specifications

Color temperature: 6000K
Power source: USB (internal battery)
Dimensions: 85 x 28mm

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant all-purpose light
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USB and battery power
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Bright and dim modes

Reasons to avoid

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Small battery dims after about an hour

For those moments where you only need a little light, these very little lights from Xinbaohong are perfect. In fact, they're so small you can pretty much keep them on you at all times in a pocket or a bag. They can be attached to your laptop, tablet or phone so long as it's 18mm or thinner. They're great for taking on nights out so you can capture well-lit selfies, on holiday or even when travelling away from home so that you can Facetime loved ones no matter how much light is around you. Not only are they small but they're really cheap too and we can't see any downsides to owning one.

How we test ring lights

We review as many ring lights as we can get our hands on, and this typically means checking the illumination levels and light quality in real-world conditions, assessing the power supply and mounting options and checking out the build quality and controls. Check the products in our guide for blue, clickable headlines – this means you can click to read a full standalone review.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.