Godox LC500R Mini Light Stick review: affordable go-anywhere lighting

The Godox LC500R Mini is a highly portable and compact LED light wand that can still illuminate the darkest of locations

Man holding a Godox LC500R Mini light held in a hand
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Despite being a budget LED (costing less than half of a ZHIYUN Fiveray 100 light stick) the Godox LC500R still performs surprisingly well in low-light conditions, making it a useful portable light source for videographers. Controlling its 15 animated effects via an app is a joy and you can summon creative colored gels in a tap via the app. However, its 1580 lux output struggles to make a difference when shooting in bright sunlight.

Pros

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    Lightweight and compact size

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    Lots of lighting effects

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    Tripod mountable

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    Swap-out battery grip

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    Control via app

Cons

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    Can easily blow over in wind

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    Too weak for bright outdoor locations

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Godox is a company with an established reputation for producing a wide range of lights, from always-on LED wands such as the Godox LC500R Mini to traditional strobe flash units that sync with your DSLR’s shutter. As a videographer I enjoy using an ‘always on’ LED for my 'talking to camera’ pieces, plus I find a light wand can be useful for adding a little fill light to portraits when snapping stills. 

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Power21W
Output1580 lux
CRI95 average
TCLI96 average
LED typeRGBWW
PresetsRGB Cycle, Party, Flash, Lightning, Cloudy, Broken Bulb, TV, Candle, Fire, Fireworks, Explosion, Welding, Police Car, SOS, Music
Battery life50 minutes
CCT2500K - 8500K
Weight826g
Size5 cm x 5 cm x 45 cm
Zhiyun Fiveray F100

If you need a more powerful LED light wand to work with in bright daylight then the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/zhiyun-fiveray-f100-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Zhiyun Fiveray F100 is well worth considering. Its 100W input is far more powerful than the 20W of the Godox LC500R Mini, which gives you 20708 lux compared with the Godox LC500 Mini’s punier 1580 lux. However, you do get what you pay for and the Zhiyun Fiveray F100 costs more than twice the price of the Godox LC500R Mini.

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Godox LC500 Mini is the little brother to the Godox LC500R Mini. The specifications of both light sticks are mostly the same but the LCR500R Mini version boasts 15 animated light effects compared to the 11 in the LCR500 Mini. One of those extra effects is Music, which causes the LED to flash in time to an audio source. But if you don’t need these extra effects then the LCR500R Mini will save you some money as it costs $135 / £107 compared to the R version’s $159 / £125 price tag.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.