Rotolight Anova vs Aeon for Daylight Use

Rotolight Anova vs Aeon for Daylight Use

At the moment I'm looking for an LED light suitable for outdoor video interviews. Where to truly outpower the sun will likely always require some very large 18K HMI lights and a generator this is not practical in my documentary style small crews. 

What I do need however is to create reasonable fill light. This can be challenging at the peak of the day. In the past a 4K HMI behind some diffusion with generator and ballast would do reasonably well at a short distance. If you were fortunate enough to have a bigger amperage power plug like a stove outlet that would have barely made it also. Ultimately though, those lights are very expensive and cumbersome to work with based on their power draw of 4000 watts. 

On the LED side the advantage is an extremely low power draw, which would make it possible to power a similar output from a household electrical outlet. In a nutshell you can only draw a maximum of 1800 watts per circuit in most North American homes and offices. That should be plenty given that most LEDs draw less than 200W each.

Enter the Rotolight Anova. The Solo 5600K daylight version of this light seems to offer one of the highest outputs around, but also with a colour accurate and usable light output. I have tried other LEDs with a high output that are painfully green. 

The Anova, however, is expensive and the recent addition of the Rotolight Aeos to the mix has me curious as to whether it's worth spending the extra money for the output of the Anova. Here's how they breakdown side by side.


Rotolight Aeos (at 3ft)
5750 Lux (534FC)
f-STOP at ISO 100/200/400/800
f4.5 / f7 / f10 / f14
42 watt power consumption

Rotolight Anova (at 3ft)
6910 Lux (642 fc)
f-STOP at ISO 100/200/400/800
f5.6 /f8 / f11 / f16

51 watt power consumption


Looking at the specs neither of these lights would be able to create adequate fill light under bright sunny conditions, but it would be possible to combine 2 lights behind a 4x4 frame to create one really bright light. In which case The Aeos 2-light kit might do just fine. 2 Anovas would allow for f8 exposure at 100 ISO minus the diffusion. 2 Aeos would allow F6.3 in the same scenario.

So the conclusion is that the Anova is still the more powerful light. For daylight applications 3x Anovas would be brilliant, but 2 would do well. The slight difference in the Aeos kit means that it wouldn't quite be enough with just 2 lights. 3 would do some damage, but for outdoor sunny applications I would opt for 2-3 Anova 5600k lights on a yoke to create one big light. 

Chris Stenberg is a creative director, photographer, filmmaker, and traveller. In his spare time you can find him biking and boarding in the mountains of British Columbia.