Nanlite PavoTube 30C review

Add photography key lighting or creative lighting effects to your video projects with this saber-shaped LED

Nanlite PavoTube 30C LED wand video light
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nanlink PavoTube 30C is a powerful and versatile LED light wand that enables you to add atmospheric key, fill, or rim light to your video or photo shoots. It also looks great when featured in shot, especially if you use a slow shutter speed to capture streaks of motion blur. However, its shortcomings (such as only having 5 special lighting effects and no Bluetooth connectivity) might make the upgraded version - the PavoTube 30C II - a more attractive purchase.


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    Adjustable Colour temperature

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    Wide spectrum of color hues

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    Carry case

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    Clip for tripod mounting

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    Internal battery


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    No Bluetooth connectivity

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    Limited collection of effect presets

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These days LED (Light Emitting Diode) stick (or wand) lights are all the rage due to their versatility, portability, and affordability (compared with more traditional-looking studio LED lights such as the Nanlite Forza 60C.)   As a light wand, the Nanlite PavoTube 30C consists of dozens of tiny diodes arranged inside a long plastic tube.  These diodes can work together to emit an even field of light and simultaneously change to any color in the spectrum, which is an effective way to add drama and atmosphere to a photo shoot. They can also be triggered to produce a range of colors and intensities at different times which enables you to add animated lighting effects to your creative video projects. 

The PavoTube 30C is part of a wider range of Nanlite light wands. At the cheaper end of the range, we have the simple yet effective Nanlite PavoTube T8-7X. The Nanlite PavoTube T8-7X is very functional but its opaque white frame looks cheap and it isn’t as robust as the sturdier and more robust PavoTube 30C (which costs around 3 times as much as the T8-7X). 

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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.