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Aputure Amaran AL-H198C LED Camera Video Light - 26.AL-H198C DISCONTINUED & NO STOCK

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Aputure Amaran AL-H198C LED Light

Update. 15th August 2019. The Aputure 198c is now discontinued. As of today we still have a couple in stock. The new version is called a AL-F7 (just to confuse us). It will retail for $60 more, is the same size but a bit more powerful. You will find a link to the Aputure Amaran AL-F7 LED Video Light on this page.

12th July 2018. I was out today using the Aputure Amaran 198C to help improve a single person portrait with some fill light.There is no doubt that this light will put out enough light in a dark situation for a perfect exposure however it took some time to learn how to use it best in broad and bright day light so here are my insights.

The day was recovering from light drizzle but it was still heavily overcast when I went out with my model. I had hoped that the cloud would be a great diffuser and that the Aputure Amaran 198c would be all that I needed for fill however the weather improved significantly as we approached the Gold Coast beach side.

I decided to shoot the model contrary to the norm, with her back to the sunlight so I was faced with a very bright background. I took a meter reading of the scene without her. At f/2.8 ISO 100 was looking at a 1/4000 second shutter speed. Setting the Canon 80d on manual at those settings had the background perfectly exposured BUT the model was in relative darkness with shadow on her face. So bring in the Aputure Amaran 198C thought I. Why not the pop up flash, well the flash then forced the camera to 1/250 exposure which as a disaster. The 198C was very close to her face but alas at 1/4000 second the LED simply didn't have time to add enough light. Changing the aperture would help so long as I changed the shutter speed and yes that would assist the 198C but still there was too many stops of light to allow the Aputure Amaran to do it's trick even on full power and at 3200K for the most output.

The problem was the shutter speed that wasn't slow enough for the power output of the 198C to fill in her face sooooo... The decision was made to put the sun at my back .. still not happy ... sooo then we asked her to move to a fully shaded area. I was still not happy with the result, so I had her face south so her back was to a fully shaded play area with a shade cover offering a darker background. This time the shutter speed with an aperture of f2.8 was 1/400 of a second. To assist the Aputure 198c, even on full power, I blew out the background exposure by 2/3rds of a stop and held the LED close to the side of the lens (a Canon 24mm Pancake Lens at f2.8) and hey presto, success.

I hadn't factored into the calculations that the LED is a constant light and not a flash. I hadn't considered that the power of a flash is 4 stops plus more than the LED and so the flash needs a much slower shutter speed to have an impact. In fact the Aputure Amaran is really a video light and not a daylight fill light. Lesson learned. At 1/400 of slower the Amaran (with the background 2/3rds + over) was a great alternative.

For more advice on the right LED light and how to use it in your application, come in or give us a call for practical, real life situations.

This is our biggest selling LED Light. We love it. The Aputure 198c is highly efficient, light, powered by AA batteries (cheap), can be hand held with ease, can be mounted on a desk top stand or a more elaborate tripod and so on. The C portion of the 198C means it has a colour temperature control so you can warm up or bring in some blue tones to give a cooler look or for the most of the time run a strength of natural day light that works for you. Get one or two.

This LED takes 6 x AA Batteries. We recommended quality AA's such as Eneloop.

To use this LED on a desktop have a look at the right to see the 65cm stand and the swivel adapter. Combine them with the 198c LED and you have a cheap light and simple video lighting solution that takes up very little space.

Accepts Sony NP-Style or 6xAA Batteries

Aputure is pleased to announce our new video led light, the Amaran AL-H198 and AL-H198C. They feature CRI95+ and illuminating power of up to 3,430lux. We believe the Amaran H198 will lead photographers and videographers alike into the small CRI95+ led light age.

The Amaran H198 Series is more outstanding than previous version such as the AL-198 and AL-H160. It uses 198 CRI95+ leds and a metal universal ¼” to 3/8” hot shoe mount with a swiveling ball head. It also comes with a case to give artists a portable, yet powerful solution to their lighting needs.


  1. CRI 95+, almost perfect color accuracy
  2. Compact with 198 LEDs, powerful brightness
  3. Frameless and 60°beam angle design provides a wide illumination
  4. Lightweight, portable and compact
  5. Expandable up to 9 LED panels
  6. Multiple battery options
  7. 16:9 widescreen design
  8. A faithful case in included
  9. Solid metal universal ¼” hot shoe mount
  10. Battery power display
  11. Stepless brightness control
  12. Color temperature adjustable (AL-H198C)


   ModelSpeciation AL-H198 AL-198C
Operation Current ≤2.3A ≤1A
Power ≤20W ≤10W
Beam Angle 60° 60°
CRI ≥95Ra ≥95Ra
Color Temperature 5500K 5500-3200K
Power Supply DC 5.5V-9,5V
Average Life Span ≥100000 hours
Cooling Mode Natural Ventilation
Volume(L*W*H mm) 151*56*100
Net weight 325g

Comes with a diffuser but not a warming filter as per the box.

The Aputure Amaran AL-H198C LED Light comes with a full Australian warranty from Aputure Australia

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Additional Information

Name Aputure Amaran AL-H198C LED Camera Video Light - 26.AL-H198C DISCONTINUED & NO STOCK
Manufacturer Aputure
Special Price $98.00
Warranty Period 12 Months
Originality Genuine
Connection Type Accepts Sony NP-Style or 6xAA Batteries
Product Type LED Lighting

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  • Question From Andy at 11/03/2016 4:04 pm
    • Just wondering what comes in the box with this kit?

      Does it come with a battery?

      Do you sell them as kits with batteries?


    • It uses aa x 6 and no they are not included.
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