Product Review: Aputure 120d II

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Aputure 120d II


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The Aputure LS C120D II is a complete redesign of the C120D, which is now 25% brighter.

The 120d Mark II uses 140 watts of power, which is 20 watts as much as the previous 120d, but the tremendous performance boost from an already powerful device is a brilliant innovation.

We have reviewed this product for you, and all we can see is it's a killer light! Continue reading to learn more.

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Based upon3 reviews from Wedio members

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What creators like

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The Aputure 120D M2 is better than expected. The build quality and versatility of this light makes it a top pick for video lights.

What creators don't like

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It is expensive equipment.

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Is it worth it?


Though it may seem expensive, it is relatively affordable compared to the rest. Also, added benefits like battery, remoteness controller, flicker-free, and bright light output are worth it.


If you don't need any professional shoots, you may consider some cheaper lighting.


Phenomenal brightness

Warmer colour balance


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Aputure 120d II vs. Aputure 300d II

Aputure 120d II

Aputure 300d II




Operating current



Power Consumption

180W maximum

350W maximum

Power Supply

AC100~240V 50/60Hz

AC100~240V 50/60Hz

Cooling mode

Active Cooling

Active cooling

Dimensions - Controller box(Anton Bauer Battery)


27.86 x 12.67 x 8.73cm

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Complete Aputure 120d II Review

Bright light output

With the additional Aputure Fresnel, the LS C120D II has a brightness of 135,000 lux at a 1.6' distance.

The C120D II is over 25% brighter than the first-generation C120D, with an estimated brightness similar to a 1000W tungsten light, rendering it compatible with many of the strongest studio lights in the industry.

Except for the color intensity it emits, the 120d is similar to the 120t. The 120d's housing is made entirely of aluminum and goes through over a hundred fabrication phases, according to Aputure.

The construction quality of the gear is excellent, as it is with most other Aputure lights. The light is strong and most well, with very well locking mechanisms and power ports.

The light barely weighs 1.6kg (3.5lb) despite its high construction quality.

Easy handling

The incorporated handgrip on the LS C120D II makes it easy to alter the light's orientation and stow it quickly.

Flicker-free lighting

The LS C120 II has a CRI of 96 and a color temperature of 5500K. Its TLCI has also been estimated to be as high as 97. A high grade indicates that illumination will portray colors well in a film or photographic environment.

TLCI Television Lighting Consistency Index is an accurate measurement of the color integrity of a source of light for broadcast use. As a result, the LS C120D II will exhibit its original color in pictures and video operations.

Powerful temperature control with remote controller

The LS C120D II has a heat control mechanism that is sophisticated. The fan's rotation will be adjusted according to the air temperature.

When selecting Auto/Force mode, the fan can also rotate at its top speed. The heat dissipation performance and LED durability are both improved by this complicated fan arrangement.

The LS C120D II uses 2.4 GHz tech to turn on and off and control brightness remotely over distances of up to 328 feet. If you have another Aputure light, you can use the same remote to control all of the company's lights. This is convenient because you may control up to three separate lights with one remote.

Lighting that can be controlled remotely would be ideal for solo photographers. Nothing is more inconvenient than walking over to the light and returning to the lens to see how it appears.

You might find yourselves repeating this procedure several times. Having the ability to lower or switch off or on the lights from behind the camera saves time.

Final verdict: Is the Aputure 120d II worth it?

The 120D MK II is a better version of the original and a justified upgrade.

Although it lacks the larger 300D MK II power, it'll come in handy for a range of indoor situations and interviews.

Though it may seem expensive, it is relatively affordable compared to the rest. Also, added benefits like battery, remoteness controller, flicker-free, and bright light output are worth it.

The LS C120D II is ideal for sound-sensitive areas because of its sophisticated cooling mechanism, which uses a temperature-sensitive fan to control the heat.
Additionally, there is an Auto/Force key that activates optimum cooling.

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What creators like



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The power source is separate from the head unit which makes it more versatile for mounting the light on different stands or setting it in a table. It also has different lighting modes for various production needs. The increment levels are precise and produces and bright clean light.

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What creators don't like



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I received this and it had a European power adaptor. I needed it for a shoot in the US that day and I couldn't use - so confirm with seller before buying if you're in the United States.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does aputure 120d have Bluetooth?

The LS C120d II does not have Bluetooth connectivity built-in. Instead, it utilizes Aputure's 2.4GHz wireless remote. Using this same protocol, the Sidus Link Bridge is able to receive commands from the Sidus Link mobile app, and transmit them to any Aputure fixture compatible with Aputure's 2.4GHz wireless protocol.

What kind of stand should I use with the Aputure 120d ii?

A boom stand is recommended.

How many watts is the Aputure 120d ii?


What kind of light is the Aputure 120d ii?

The 120d II features a flawless 5500K daylight, enabling it to mix in seamlessly with the rest of the Aputure ecosphere daylight-balanced lights.

Review by Tomas Garcar

Tomas Garcar

Aarhus, Denmark

the case is well designed and wonderful in many details. The light itself is awesome. Bright, light, sturdy, compact, beautiful.

The light is pretty expensive but it is still well worth it.


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Aputure 120d ii Alternatives

Godox SL150W

Godox SL150W II LED Video Light is a daylight-balanced 150W LED monolite-style fixture suitable for broadcasting, cinematography, livestreaming, and other video applications. Dimming settings range from 0% to full power. Adjustments to light intensity can be made with the included remote control. Buy at Wedio Rent from $29/day

Aputure 300d ii

Aputure's LS C300d Mark II LED Light Kit with V-Mount Battery Plate is an improved version with 20% more power, improved functionality, and a cutting-edge connection that is built on the framework of the well-liked LS C300d.The 300d Mark II can provide up to 80,000 lux when used with the optional Fresnel 2X. Buy at Wedio Rent from $104/day

Godox VL300

The VL300 LED Video Light from Godox is a light source suitable for portrait, still life, and location photography. The daylight-balanced COB LED features a CRI rating of 96 and TLCI rating of 95, producing highly accurate color renditions and rendering extremely realistic flesh tones. Buy at Wedio Rent from $36/day

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