Aputure AL-H198 3200-5500K is designed as a camera toplight that utilizes 198 LEDs evenly split between daylight (5500K) and tungsten (3200K) color temperature. AL-H198 features excellent CRI of 95+ to deliver high color accuracy. The light produces a 60° beam angle with a brightness of 420 – 435 lux at a distance of 1m. A step-less dimming dial is provided on the back of the unit for adjusting light output from 0 to 100%. You can also adjust the color temperature precisely by turning the kelvin wheel on the back of the light. The light can be powered by either six AA batteries or an optional Sony NP-F/FM/QM/FP/FH/FV type battery. It features four LED indicator lights on the back of the unit displaying the remaining battery life.
In essence, this kind of LED light doesn’t need to be supremely powerful as the subject is always going to be an interviewee standing no more than a meter or so away from the camera. What is does need to be is portable, dimmable and of a good quality. The AL-H198 meets the portability requirement with ease. The general conclusion is that the light quality is extremely good and pleasant enough with no obvious discoloration when pointed at a human face.
To create a larger light source, up to nine AL-H198 panels can be attached together using extension slots on all four sides of the light. AL-H198 comes with a small bracket which enables you to join several of these lights together into one collossal LED fixture. The slim and frameless design of the light means that when multiple lights are connected, there are no gaps or light leaks. The included extension attachment adapter also serves as a 1/4″-20 adapter. Also included are a tilt-adjusting shoe-mount adapter for camera-mounting, an orange warming filter and a diffusion filter.
Aputure AL-H198 is a compact, lightweight and affordable bi-color LED light designed as a camera toplight. Power to the light is provided either by six AA cells or any of three types of Sony pro camcorder battery such as the NP-F series. It features a cold shoe mount on the base. At full blast, Aputure AL-H198 LED is pretty intense and certainly powerful enough to compensate for a degree of daylight behind your subject, enabling a lower exposure setting on the camera and therefore fewer clipped highlights in the background.