Zhiyun FIVERAY M20C Combo review: a perfect pocket panel

In such a crowded field, it's hard to stand out, but the Zhiyun M20C manages to climb to the top with great design, ease of use, and an overload of features

5 Star Rating
Zhiyun FIVERAY M20C LED panel mounted on a camera and held in front of a man's face
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Offering nearly everything any creative could possibly want in a small LED light panel, including variable CCT, HSI, lighting effects, and precise color tuning – the Zhiyun Fiveray M20C stands out as one of the best options right now for any vlogger or filmmaker looking for an affordable way to quickly improve their footage.


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    Powerful enough for small spaces

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    RGB spectrum lighting

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    Lots of creative lighting effects

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    Magnetic mounting and magnetic accessories


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    Not as powerful as similar-sized COB lights

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    Accessory magnets are a little weak

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    Minor charging issue

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Zhiyun is perhaps better known to most for making some of the best camera gimbals or best smartphone gimbals around, but in recent years the company has pushed into lighting in a big way with its take on the latest LED lighting tech, with a unique Zhiyun design twist.

Going after the blossoming content creation market, Zhiyun’s lights combine distinctive style, with compact design, and as much power as can be squeezed out as possible. This has paid off in dividends, with products like the Zhiyun Molus X100 being one of the best video lights I used last year. 

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Battery Capacity4500mAh
Charging Time2hr
Color Temperature Range2500k~10000k
Dimming Range0~100%
Illuminance (4300K/100%)539 (1m), 1950 (0.5m), 5300 (0.3m)
TLCI Index≥96
CRI Index≥94
RGB Illuminance (LUX, 1m)R 255, G 280, B 103
Size (WxDxH)7.8 x 7.8 x 3.6 cm
Zhiyun MOLUS X100

Zhiyun MOLUS X100
The Zhiyun MOLUS X100 is my favorite light right now for video making. Very powerful, but also so compact it doesn’t take up much space in a kit bag. The light can also be powered by a 100W battery pack or USB-C PD connection. The X100 however lacks the effects and colors of the M20C.

Zhiyun FIVERAY F100

Zhiyun FIVERAY F100
The Zhiyun FIVERAY F100 is a light wand, offering a different take on lighting but still with all the effects and colors of the M20C. Light wands are more versatile than a classic boxy light and can go in places other lights can't, while providing a powerful but even spread of light over a wider area.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.