We tested the Light & Motion Sola Photo 1200 underwater imaging light. It was our Testers Choice for low-power video lights.
We measured light output on a full and partially discharged battery at Wilger Testing Company in Sarasota, Florida. Lights were tested using an integrating sphere to measure the total light output in lumens, without regard to beam angle as well as their color temperature and CRI number.
We also tested lights at Devil’s Den Spring in Williston, Florida with a team of test divers equipped with action cameras who scored the lights in several categories including ease of use, light output and beam size and shape.
This light’s sliding push switch is simple, fast and easy to operate when the light is mounted to a camera arm. Pushing it forward steps through three levels of red light; pulling it back does the same for white. “Easy controls” and “slider is very easy to use” were typical tester comments. Mechanical and digital locks prevent accidental activation of the light’s spring-loaded switch while traveling.
The light outputs a 60-degree beam without hotspots or a distracting edge. Testers loved the LED status indicators, which display both brightness and battery-life status. In the lab, output was slightly above the manufacturer’s claim and remained consistent even after an hour of use on high power.
The sealed, flood-proof design is a plus for beginners who are worried about leaks, but the trade-off is you can’t just swap batteries when you need a recharge. The compact, streamlined design is lightweight and easy to travel with. It also makes for a solid focus light.
Scoring excellent and very good across the board, and a favorite among test divers, the Sola Photo 1200 is our Testers Choice for low-power video lights.