Aputure have been making amazing LED lights for indie filmmakers for some time now, but probably the most exciting light I saw last year at any trade show was their Amaran MW mini LED that is super-bright and also can go underwater. I saw it at IBC 2018 (you can see our interview from the show floor a bit below in the post) back in September last year in Amsterdam, and at that point final specs and pricing were not yet finalized, however just days ago Aputure officially launched their most powerful and rugged mini LED light to date!
The Aputure AMARAN MW is quite an insanely powerful light for its miniature size. The new Amaran MW features a massive 6000 lux output (making it twice as bright as the equally compact and rugged Aputure MX), 5x built-in light special effects, a 24hrs non-stop battery life all contained in a compact metal housing with the ability to go 10 meters underwater; this makes the AL-MW incredibly versatile LED for those daredevils that like to live and film amazing locations on the edge (and mostly underwater).
The Amaran AL-MW is also aggressively priced for the incredible punch it packs at $209 USD and around £229, respectively, in the UK.
Aputure Amaran MW Key Features
- COB TECHNOLOGY
LED technological capabilities have never been so advanced. The AL-MW is the first pocket-sized LED that uses the same COB technology which powers the Aputure 300d! This allows the MW to not only remain extremely compact, but pack twice the punch of the MX.
- HIGH COLOUR PERFORMANCE
The AL-MW follows Aputure’s long tradition of creating lights with impeccable colour fidelity, boasting an incredible CRI and TLCI rating of 95+.
- ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
The AL-MW is IP68 certified dust and waterproof for up to 10 meters. This means the MW can be not only a surf light, but a dive/scuba light as well.
- 24 HOURS LASTING BATTERY
With a built-in lithium-ion 3800 mAh, the MW lasts for 80 minutes of continuous use at maximum power and 24 hours at minimum. An advanced charging system via an included USB-C cable.
- BUILT-IN SPECIALS FX
The AL-MW has 5 pre-programmed built-in Special Lighting Effects: Paparazzi, Lightning, TV, Fireworks, and Faulty Bulb
- DOUBLE DIFFUSER FOR MAXIMUM SOFTNESS
The MW comes with a gel holder and includes a range of CTO and CTB filters including full CTO, 1/2 CTO, 1/4 CTO, full CTB, 1/2 CTB, and 1/4 CTB. It also includes a 1.5 stop diffusing frost and a 2.5 stop silicone diffusion accessory.
The AL-MW is truly the ultimate mini lighting kit that puts creativity back into the palm of your hands. Check out our interview from IBC 2018 below.
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