Elinchrom claims ELM8 is the most versatile continuous LED light ever

Elinchrom ELM8
(Image credit: Elinchrom)

Studio flash experts Elinchrom have teamed up with the LED masters at Light & Motion to produce the Elinchrom ELM8: a portable yet highly powerful continuous location light.

Continuous lighting is great for shooting video, but is also a useful alternative to a flash when shooting stills, as it effectively gives you a live preview of the lighting characteristics you're shooting with, so there's no need to work out exposure settings or be at the mercy of TTL accuracy.

Elinchrom ELM8

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Headline specs for the ELM8 are a dazzling max power output of 8000 Lumens/16320 Lux at 1m. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery is good for a runtime of 50 to 245 min, and there's an external power option if needed.

The powerful COB LED in the ELM8 emits a 5600K colour temperature and is capable of a high colour rendering index of 93. Elinchrom also claims these figures should remain consistent at all power levels, with no risk of any flickering - something that can plague video.


  • CRI - 93
  • TLCI - 94
  • Color Temp - 5600K
  • LUX - 16320 (at 1m w/Fresnel)
  • Light Output - 8000 Lumens
  • Native Beam Angle - 120°
  • Water Resistance - IP54
  • Impact Resistance - 1m
  • Runtime - 50 to 245 min
  • Weight - 1.2 kg (2.645 lbs)
  • Charge Time - 2 hrs (full charge)
  • Size - 20.5 x 9.6 x 9.6 cm (with battery)
  • Radio control - Skyport Protocol, 20 Frequencies / 4 Groups
  • Distance Range - up to 100m

(Image credit: Elinchrom)

The ELM8 is compatible with all Elinchrom Q-Mount accessories, including the Q-Portalite Octa and Square umbrellas, as well as the Q-Wide Reflector and Q-Reflector Grid. An optional diffuser, fresnel, barn doors, and gel holder can also be had, plus there's an optional remote control, so you can control the ELM8 from up to 100m away.

(Image credit: Elinchrom)

Adding to the ELM8's go-anywhere ability is its IP54 water resistance, and the light will even resist a drop from up to 1 metre. At 20.5cm long and 9.6cm in diameter, the ELM8 has been  purposefully designed to match the dimensions of a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, so should easily fit in most shoulder bags and backpacks. The 1.2kg weight is also comparable with a telephoto zoom, and is exceptionally lightweight for a location light with a built-in battery.

Pricing for the Elinchrom ELM8 is expected to be £1,299 / $1699 / €1379.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.