FINALLY! A ring light that folds in half!

Etsumi Vlog Foldable Ring Light
(Image credit: Etsumi)

Ring lights are brilliant ways to illuminate a scene, and they have become enormously popular in recent years. However, they have one thing in common: they're bulky and take up a lot of space to store or transport. Until now!

This new light does something that even the best ring lights (opens in new tab) don't do: it folds in half, giving it a much smaller footprint that makes it far more convenient to put away or even travel with. 

Okay, we have seen folding ring lights before – but mainly expensive options in the $500 price range. The Etsumi Vlog Foldable Ring Light, from Japanese company Etsumi, comes in much more affordably at ¥7,920 – which works out as just $74 / £53 / AU$96. 

It has a 10-inch diameter that, as the name suggests, makes it great for content creation, and an ideal companion for the best vlogging cameras (opens in new tab). It packs 120 LEDs that can output 480 lumens of brightness, which can be adjusted steplessly for hair-precise control. 

An interesting byproduct of the folding design is that it illuminates even while folded. So it can create a semicircular lighting pattern, and it also behaves as a dual-sided light since both sides of the ring produce illumination.  

The Etsumi ring light also boasts color temperature adjustment from 2,700 to 5,600 Kelvin, enabling you to match the daylight or artificial illumination in your scene accordingly. The unit is powered by a standard USB port, so you can connect it to your laptop, phone charger or power bank.

It comes with a flexible camera phone (opens in new tab) holder and features a quarter-inch screw thread for mounting on a tripod – and weighing just 410g it will sit comfortably even on mini  tripods (opens in new tab) designed for your tabletop. 

The Etsumi Vlog Foldable Ring Light is currently only available in Japan (opens in new tab), but such a brilliant design is sure to make its way overseas before long. 

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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.