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Flash/Light for vixia hf r10 or r40


Recently purchased a Vixia hf r40 so I can take Christmas video, not knowing I was going to get a hand me down of a Vixia hf r10.  Tried using both during Christmas eve and Christmas but the videos were dark, I guess due to the lighting in the room.  Any recommendations for a flash/light for these old video cameras?  v/r Tony



A flash is useless for video; it will just flash and then be dark.  You need a video light.

There are lots of video lights around that will fit on a camera's cold shoe (or hot shoe)... which, sadly, your camera doesn't have.  You may be able to get a bracket which fits on the bottom of the camera, and provides a side handle with a cold shoe; look for "Triple Cold Shoe Mount Camera Extension Bracket" to see the kind of thing I mean.  Make sure it fits your camera.  But really, in any case, a camera-mounted light will usually look pretty poor.

A better answer is to either provide more light, like for example with more room lights, or a set of studio lights (again video lights, not flashes), or use a more sensitive camera.  There is no communication between video lights and a camera for video; you just get the camera to expose for whatever light is available.  So any video light would help.

Bottom line, I think you're just hitting the limitation of your camera -- a small-sensor camcorder generally will not do well in low light.

If you want to see what's possible with large-sensor cameras, I did some tests by candlelight: