Nanlite PavoSlim 120C review: a powerful LED panel

Nanlite’s PavoSlim 120C is a powerful yet portable LED panel that’s suitable for mains powered studio shoots or by battery power on location

PavoSlim 120C video light in use
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

As an iPhone user I shoot a mix of stills and clips, so the PavoSlim 120C’s abilities to produce a wide range of colours and animated lighting effects are very attractive. Although it can be powered by battery and controlled by an app for portable location shoots it’s best suited for lighting video and stills in a studio - a fact that is reflected in its relatively high price and accessories such as its chunky control box.


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    Strong light source

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    Animated lighting effects

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    Wide colour temperature range

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    No fan noise


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    Plastic power plugs

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LED (light emitting diode) lights come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from the best light wands to the best LED light panels (both rigid and flexible). The PavoSlim 120C is a rigid but very slim rectangular LED light panel, but you can also buy circular LED panels.

The PavoSlim 120C is manufactured by Nanlite, a company who have been producing a wide range of professional lighting equipment for 30 years - from portable LED light sticks like the PavoTube 30C to more traditional-looking LED spotlights such as the Nanlite Forza 60C

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Output12,830 lux on 5600K @ 1m
CCT2700K - 7500K
Animated preset effectsHue Loop, CCT Loop, INT Loop, Flash, Pulse, Storm, Police Car, TV, Paparazzi, Candle/Fire, Disco, Bad Bulb, Firework, Explosion and Welding.
CRI96 average
TCLI97 average
SSI at 5600K74
TM-30 Rf94 average
TM-30 Rg100 average
Dimensions602 × 306.3 × 18.6mm / 23.7 × 12.06 × 0.73"
Weight1.76kg / 3.88lb (light) 1.84kg / 4.06lb (control unit)

The PavoSlim 60C has the same color-changing and effects modes as the PavoSlim 120C, but it is smaller and lighter than its big brother.  The 60C has a square 1x1 shape instead of the wider 2x1 rectangle panel on the 120C. So you can enjoy the same features without busting your budget.


If you want a panel as large and slim as the PavoSlim 120C but don’t need it to emit creative gel-like colors, then check out its cheaper Bi-Color cousin - the PavoSlim 120B. This still ships with the Control Unit and has the 2 x 1 shape but at £599 it is far cheaper than the 120C version. And it emits even more light at 17,620 lux (compared to the PavoSlim 120C’s 12,830 lux!)

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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.