These Lights Are GREAT! | Aputure Amaran P60c & P60x Review
Aputure sent these two panels to me, the P60C and the P60X, and normally I would try to do a bit of a deeper dive on these lights, but I just dont really have Enough time., The embargo for these lights is sandwiched between two other embargoes that are for big products that I know you guys also care about., But Aputures been great to me. So I still want to give them a little bit of exposure on these products, because I think theyre great., So Ive already been testing this P60X, which is a bicolour panel, and I havent really used the P60C too much.. I just took it out of the box to make sure that it worked as claimed. So well go over a couple of the specs. Ill. Tell you which specs I validated and Ill show you some of the footage that I captured using this light, because I took it to my home office and shot with it a little bit there. And shout out to Lindsay over on the Zoom. Big thanks to her.. So both of the lights come with the same accessories. As you can see theres a soft box attached to this one, which is a lot better than the previous easy box, whatever it was called. So thats the panel – and this is the little box here. It just Elastics on so its much easier to get on. Dont know, if you remember the other one you used to have to like, attach these rods and then build the whole rod out, and it didnt even do a very good job.
. This one does a better job, but still not super convincing. And youll. See in the footage example that I think using just an umbrella is probably still the way to go, but Im glad they included this., And if you combine them together, you get a really great look.. So speaking of umbrellas, the head that these are coming with now is so much better, and the umbrella holder is right in here and its on the proper top half of it. So it tilts with the light. So its great.. So you can just use a really cheap modifier and these lights actually look pretty darn good. Again show you that footage. One accessory difference is that these older lights came with the you know: the Aputure remote. Remember the old, faithful, Aputure remote. This one does not.. This is purely on the Sidus Link, app. Aputures, obviously, switching everybody over to the app.. This works on that. Im not going to cover the app. Ive covered it so many times before, but you can control everything from the app output. Your colour range on the RGB. One and your you know CCT temperature on that one, as well as any effects and that kind of thing. So its like a modern version of the old 672.. However, it doesnt come with NPF batteries.. That was one thing that was a bit of a value. Add they used to recommend on the old light. Was it used to get a pair of NPF batteries and these ones still take a pair see if I can pivot this, for you .
.. These ones still come with two receptacles for NPF batteries, but they dont come with them in the package. Other than that. Pretty basic interface for this one youve got a knob for intensity in one percent increments from one percent all the way up to 100 percent obviously., And you can see the output its its intense. And the other knob in this case is for colour temperature, which goes From 6500 Kelvin to 3200 Kelvin. Youll notice that, as you cycle through theres, not any crazy jumps as you go through the range., Nice and smooth., The range is different on the C. The C is sort of just the superior model in a lot of ways., Then Theres also an effects button. Im not going to go through them. Just in case you guys are photosensitive.. I dont want to you know: flash lights on you., But this one has just a few effects.. You know your basic bicolour, flashy kind of ones.. This one has all the other effects you know like party mode and fireworks and flashy coloured lights, and all that stuff.. So theres, you know fewer effects on the P60X.. It also comes with a grid that you can attach to the front of that soft box that I showed you. All right lets open up this one just so I can show you any differences and then Ill cover the specs that I validated and then Ill show You a little sample footage and then I got to go shoot something different.
. Okay, so, like I said, everythings the same., So youre going to get the soft box going to get the bag and the grid and thats what comes in the box. Inside the bag. This bag might be bigger., It might be a little bit heavier., So weve got the power, brick, the cord that goes from the brick to the mains power. And then again, one of these heads., Something I wanted to check, was if the power bricks are the same. Like if you can mix them up, if you had both lights or if thats, a problem. Output, 15 volts six amps for 90 watts., 15 volts 16 amps watts., They seemed like the same power brick. So I think you should be able to interchange, them. And theyve. Also made it so that the the plug here is a locking type, so it doesnt come undone, which I actually have had happen to me a couple of times on the 672.. One of the biggest problems of the 672 as well was the way that this connected to the light it didnt have this locking mechanism. It was like an old like Dyn style power connector that just went into the light and was kind of just dangling there.. So these, as you can see, are underneath now, which is great and theyre the locking type.. So even if you do give them a good yank, you dont have to worry about snapping it out of your light or breaking it.
, So really just build quality improvements. All the way across the board., Nothing to complain about there.. You can see this one is definitely bigger and its heavier in my hand than the X. Its got a different set up on the front.. This one, you can actually see the diodes and this one has more frosting there and then the interface is a bit different as well.. So on this one now you can see youve got your intensity over here. Same thing, one percent from zero up to 100., But then youve also got your CCT over here.. This one has a greater range now.. We can go all the way to 7500 Kelvin and all the way down to 2500 Kelvin. Put it back at 5600, and then we have a green magenta adjustment, which is quite nice if you need to match to other lights or if it greens, up over time Or something youve got control for that. And then weve got a light mode button here that if we press in we can switch between CCT, which we were on to HSI thats, your colour changing mode. The effects, different gels, which is nice. So lets go into HSI And then now the control switch where this one is your hue.. This is my favourite way for RGB. I prefer HSI over actual RGB., So you switch your hue. So if we want to put it on 285, which is normally what I use for my purple lights – and then this is the saturation knob now the S.
So we can turn that all the way down and then it should be less and less purple as we go. That one seems to have a bit of a curve to it and then your intensity knob, is still your intensity knob.. Now, if we go in the menu here, this one has fan mode which is either smart or medium, and I going to put it on medium so that you can hear the fans. button clicks softly silence, So theyre pretty quiet.. To be honest, I didnt really hear them kick in that much., So Id probably leave it on smart. Obviously, it only uses as much as it needs., But if you want to do noise reduction Id, probably just put it on medium and just leave it on there. All the time., And then you can probably noise, reduce that pretty easily. Weve got some controls there for the Bluetooth connectivity., And then it also has studio mode which is great.. So if you like your lights, like I do where I can just flick, one big switch and then they all turn on as soon as theyre provided power. You have that option. Or you can have them where, when you give them power, they dont turn on. Until you physically go and turn them on on the light. Lets see if the P60X is any louder., So for the P60X we still have fan mode and we still have studio mode.. If we go into fan mode, smart medium.
Lets put it on medium and have a listen., So the fans going now. silence Its still really really quiet.. So I dont think thats going to be an issue at all.. Again, you could probably just leave it on medium.. Alright, just for fun, I put it on party lights 3., So we have a three percent party lights going on in the background there., So the colour accuracy between the two lights is actually pretty similar., And what I like about Aputure is that theyve started doing a Lot more metrics for colour accuracy, which I really like.. I made a video not that long ago, talking about all the different metrics using this Sekonic and you know which ones are better, But you dont have to worry about it with Aputure because they give you all of them.. So youve got a CRI of greater than 95. A TLCI of 96 Theyve got the TM30 in here, which is getting a 94 and a 103 respectively and SSI is 83 for tungsten and 74 for daylight., And I got these. Results were accurate within a margin of error when I tested them with the C100., So I approve of those numbers and yeah the max power output, and these is 60 watts.. Hence why theyre P60s. And the P60C is an RGB WW panel, thats rated for 50000 hours. And then, as far as output at one meter, just no soft box or anything well go with 5600 Kelvin for the measurement.
Youre getting 5900 lux, which is so much more Powerful than they used to be like the 672., The P60X, on the other hand, at 5600 Kelvin at one meter, is 5070 lux., So similar, but again a little bit a little bit less powerful.. So when it comes to colour accuracy, both panels are actually really similar.. Theyre quite similar in a lot of ways., You know build qualitys the same design, ideas the same: the P60C, basically just a little bit bigger a little bit brighter., And it obviously offers you full colour because its an RGB WW panel, but it also costs a hundred Dollars more. Again, I think its worth it because it has more versatility., But if you just need a basic bicolour light, this is the best sort of offering for the money that Aputure has right now, in my opinion, and I think youd be surprised with the output. And lets actually jump to the shot that I set up in my home office, where I used only this light to record a follow up video on a computer., And I was impressed with how it looked when I just stuck the umbrella in front of it.. All right so Im just getting set up to film something different here at the home office, where I dont normally have lights.. So I brought the P60X and I set it up here just so. I could have a little light on me. This isnt the finished shot, but I wanted to do it with just that light illuminating me.
. I have the soft box on it that it came with, but no grid and nothing else. Im going to switch over to the umbrella in a minute, because I do find this a little bit its contrast, its intense its a bit spotty and its contrasty.. But this is, this is what it looks, like. Its set to. I think 5500 Kelvin and Im recording this on the A1 and looks like this with just the light at 10 percent power. And I think, Im at f2.8 on the lens.. You know 3200 ISO maybe., And this is this – is what weve got. Okay now Im going to put on the umbrella. All right., So now were back with the umbrella on, and I had to turn the light up to 25 percent to get, I think, a similar Exposure. – And I think this looks much nicer. – Obviously its a lot softer. Were getting a better wrap from it. And the light between me and the environment isnt, so contrasty, now. And whats great is that you can actually leave the soft box on which helps control that Spill because usually if you have a panel and an umbrella, you know you get that side, spill. So Im using the soft box without the grid just to sort of control it and point it here. And then were getting a bit of a double diffusion.. You usually dont need it, but it was easy for me just to pop it on and its good to know that you can still put the umbrella on.
Even if you have the soft box on. All right. So here we go.. So this is an example: setup. Ive got the two lights in the background on and just this light, here. Thats it. Turn the light up a little to thirty three percent, so I could turn down the ISO so that these werent as intense. – And this just gives You an example of you know a pretty affordable setup. You could do with just the one light and a couple RGB lights., And I think it looks pretty good to be honest. All right. One last thing I want to test before I get out of here is whether or not the batteries provide the exact same output as the mains power, and also what happens if you do them all at once, Im pretty sure it actually charges the batteries.. So first lets switch back over to CCT and lets jack the intensity, all the way up to 100 percent., And it tells us over here what sort of battery life we can expect. Right now, its greater than two hours because were on mains power., So lets plug In some NPF batteries., And one thing that I also used to hate about the old Aputure light was how bad it was to stick those batteries in to try to get them out. Theres, like a little prong and itd, like scrape your thumb., These ones just have a push button release on the side and they work quite well.
Its plastic, but it seems okay.. I probably wouldnt, want to drop this light and have it hit the batteries.. I think that that would probably break it.. The plastic seems strong and moulded, but its still plastic.. So now on battery power, weve got 43 minutes on full power, with two NPF 970s. Im going to plug this in.. It might flash, but lets see if it gets any brighter by switching to mains. The outputs, exactly the same., So 43 minutes on two batteries, thats not too bad. Lets Ill. Give you an idea if you go a little bit lower intensity. Sorry, one more flicker on this. At 33 percent were getting greater than two hours and at 66 percent were getting an hour and five minutes.. It says in the data sheet that it charges the Sony, NPF style batteries. Im, not sure that I see any indicator that its doing so, but it says that it is in the spec sheet.. One last thing I want to test think I keep saying one last thing: one last thing.: This is how it gets out of hand when I make my videos. Testing two things. Actually. Were testing. How strong at like a 90 degree angle, is the light and two lets check and see if the response curve is linear for the intensity. Scratch that., It does show that its charging, but only when the when the light is turned off.. So right now were running at 100.
Percent. 32400. Lets turn it down to 50 and see if that number is halved.. If it is, then we know were getting a linear response.. If not, then, oh now that I turn the power down Im, actually also seeing a battery charging indicator rate above that two hours remaining thing., So I think its just when youre at 100 percent that it doesnt. Let me try that again. Yeah. Once you turn it up above 60, once you go above 60 percent, it switches to mains power only when you go below 60 percent, its mains power and charging. 16200., So thats right around half., Right Whatd, I say 32500 before And Lets go to a 25 percent., And so now we should get what Around 8100 Thats another one. You can see right there, 8160 lux., So it seems like the response is linear.. So I really have nothing negative to say about these lights.. I think theyre outstanding. Everything I threw at them every you know curious comparison of the previous light., Its just they have everything., Everything has been upgraded, everythings been improved. And I would say for what they are theyre pretty much flawless.. The only complaint I think I made in this whole video was that I wish they came with free batteries.. But what are you going to do? I still think for the price theyre offering tremendous value., So good job Aputure. Keep doing what you do.