Nanlite PavoTube T8-7X review

Add animated lighting effects to video productions or model lighting to stills with this versatile LED light

Nanlite PavoTube T8-7X
(Image: © George Cairns)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This opaque white plastic tube looks deceptively basic, but once you fire it up and sync it to your smartphone’s Nanlink app you can unleash a barrage of moving light sequences and a spectrum of alternating colors. This should make it attractive to creative movie makers though it will also cast tungsten or daylight color temperature light on a model during a conventional photo shoot.


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    Adjustable Hue

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    Colour temperature controls

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    Programmable effects via app


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    Plastic body can be dented

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    Controls hidden when on tripod

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When shooting in low-light locations photographers and video makers can struggle to get a well-exposed and interesting shot. They can position their camera’s subject so that available light (such as street lamps) illuminates the subject’s face but this can limit the photographer or videographer’s compositional choices. That's where the best video lights come in.

By adding the Nanlite PavoTube T8-7X light stick to your kit you can bathe your subject in light from any angle. As well as bringing out the shape and contours of a model’s face (which is great for a stills photographer) the PavoTube T8-7X can add animated lighting effects (such as flashes of lightning or the flicker of a police car’s emergency lights) to a video shoot. This makes the PavoTube T8-7X a useful bit of kit for photographers and filmmakers alike.

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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.