Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C light wand review: a Jedi weapon for photography!

Enhance your photo and video shoots with this portable but powerful light source

5 Star Rating
ZHIYUN FIVERAY FR100C light wand in use
(Image: © George Cairns/@Melicitymodel)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C Light Wand is compact enough to carry in your kitbag but thanks to its 100W output it will illuminate the darkest locations. Its rechargeable battery should keep it shining for the duration of your shoot and the control dial enables you to adjust color temperatures to match the location’s available light or you can dial in neon hues for a more creative look. Highly recommended!


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    Adjustable color temperature

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    Variable intensity

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    100W output


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    Fans can make a little noise

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    Not waterproof

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Photographers and videographers both face the challenge of illuminating their subjects. Without a portable and adjustable light source, the subject’s face can look boringly flat in available light. An additional light source helps add modeling to your subject as it emphasizes the contours of their face.  It can also add drama and change the mood of the shot. Videographers tend to lug heavy flight cases of lights and lighting stands to shoots. Photographers might use an external flash that’s triggered to fire when then they press the shutter button on their DSLR. 

LED lights such as the Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to traditional lighting set-ups. Unlike a flashgun, LED lights remain turned on throughout the shoot, so you can snap away without worrying if the flash will sync with your stills camera. We used the Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C to illuminate the test video that supports this review. We also took it on a location shoot with a professional model and were delighted with the results.

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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.