The Best Underwater Video Lights
Underwater, ambient light, and correcting filters can only take you so far. With light and color loss starting after just a few feet, successful videographers often rely on quality underwater video lights to reproduce the colors and beauty of the underwater world around them. Choosing an underwater video light can be challenging in a market saturated with options. Check out our recommendations below for a variety of high quality, feature-rich video lights.
When you're shopping for video lights, it's important to keep in mind your shooting locations, lighting conditions, and the scene you envision in your head. Will you be diving deep or shooting shallow where there is lots of bright light? This will affect the lumen power you're looking for. Generally, we recommend looking for a high power video light when you are shooting in bright conditions or with a wide angle lens. This allows you to match the background ambient light with a bright foreground video light for optimal color and contrast. Are you shooting a wide angle lens and need wide beam coverage to match? Do you need a versatile light with added features like a narrow beam (often used to signal buddies as a dive light), a red beam (for helping the camera focus without scaring shy marine life) or creative options such as UV leds. If you want a colorful spotlight to add a little creative flare to your photography, then you may want to consider a light with a colorful RGB mode like the Kraken 3500s+ RGB. Choose the light that best suits your shooting needs and price point.
Do you need a little more output? Are you looking for the best quality lights on the market? Read our recommended Pro Video Lights Guide.
Best All Around Underwater Video Lights of 2021:
Kraken Sports Hydra 3500S+ RGB WRSU Video Light
*Best Overall Choice"
The Kraken Sports Hydra 3500S+ RGB WRSU Video Light is a multi-use light with user changeable batteries. We love this 3500 beam for both wide angle and macro video. It is our top quality light at a great price. The light features a burst mode which acts as a "strobe" when connected to a fiber optic cable for photography. While it isn't as bright as a traditional strobe, it can help add some light to your photos. It is like getting 2 products rolled into 1! The video light also features 9 different color output which is great for producing creating lighting shots. The Kraken 3500S+ is compatible with the Kraken universal remote so you don't always have to reach over to operate the light when diving.
- 3500 Lumens
- Burst Mode Feature (4500 Lumens)
- Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80
- Color Temperature: 5000K
- Wide 110° beam
- Spot RGB mode with 9 different color options
- Power Regulated
Kraken Sports Hydra 5000 S+ Video Light
"Powerful, Great Features, and Professional"
The Kraken Sports Hydra 5000 S+ Video Light is a high performance video light with a beautiful, even 5000 lumen beam. We highly recommend this light to anyone who is plannnig on capturing even a little wide angle video. It very multifaceted and features a spot, flood, red and UV beams. In addition the light offers a strobe mode, emitting a more powerful burst when connected to the camera via a fiber optic cable. The Kraken 5000S+ is compatible with the Kraken universal remote so you don't always have to reach over to operate the light when diving.
- 5,000 Lumens
- Wide beam angle of 110°
- Wide, Spot, Red & UV Beams
- Strobe Burst Mode
- Higher color rendering index of 90
- Long burn time of 70min at full power
Best Underwater Video Lights for Macro Video and Videographers on a Budget:
Fisheye Fix Neo Premium 4030 EF II Video Light
*Front Dome for Even Light, Digital Display, Programmable*
The Fisheye Fix Neo Premium 4030 EF II Video Light is an awesome video light packed with great features. It offers a 3,000 lumen output with 120° beam angle emitted through a dome port. The light dispersion is even and does not create any hotspots. The light is easy to use and flexible - allowing for power adjustments from 0-100 in 1% increments. One great feature of the light is the Electronic Flash Mode. When connected to your camera via fiber optic cable, the light can emit a powerful burst similar to a strobe, perfect for grabbing a quick photo during your video shoot.
- 3,000 Lumens
- Wide beam angle of 120° (with domed front)
- Clean even wide light beam
- Electronic Flash Mode produces 4000 lumen burst.
- Digital Display, adjustable in 1% increments
- Battery life of 50 minutes on full power
"Reliable, Easy to Use, and Compact"
The Light & Motion Sola Video 3800 Flood Light is a super compact, high quality video light. It features a bright 3,800 lumen beam. The beam is even and without hotspots. The light is very ergonomic with a unique magnetic slider switch, and it's fully sealed to prevent floodin. We highly recommend the Sola 3800 as the perfect travel light - it's small and durable. Sola lights are very reliable - they burn evenly throughout their output without any changes as the charge decreases.
- 3,800 lumens
- Wide beam angle of 90° (up to 110° with optional dome port)
- Smooth & consistent wide beam using the best CREE LEDs and enhanced firmware
- Easy to use magnetic slider switch
- Battery life of 50 minutes on full power
"Easy to Use and Longer Battery Life"
The Big Blue VTL3500P Video Light offers power in a small and compact body. It features both a wide and narrow beams making it great both for wide angle and macro video. It features a double o-ring design which adds security against flooding. One outstanding feature of the video light is its battery life. At full power, this light has a 1.5 hour burn time.
- Powerful light at 3,500 lumens
- Wide beam angle of 120°
- Features both wide spot beams
- Easy one button push control with dual o-ring seal
- Long battery life up to 1.5hrs at full power and 15hrs in lowest setting
"Special Low Price, Exclusively at Bluewater"
The Sola Light & Motion Sola 2500F Video Light is a high quality, tiny video light perfect for all levels of videographers. This exclusive Bluewater light is perfectly priced, features a bright 2,500 lumens, and is easy to control through the unique Sola magnetic slider switch. The fully sealed design and rechargeable battery make for a safe and secure system. The small size is perfect for traveling. A single 2500 lumen beam is a little dim for wide angle video in bright conditions. So we either recommend purchasing two or considering a higher power light if you want to shoot wide angle video.
- 2,500 lumens
- Beam angle of 60° underwater
- Wide white beam, certified to the FL-1 Standard using CREE LED's
- Easy to use magnetic slider switch
- Battery life of 50 min on full power
SeaLife Dragon 5000F Auto Video Light
"Automatic Adjustable Beam"
The SeaLife Dragon 5000F Auto Video Light is a compact video light yet very powerful. It delivers 5,000 Lumens with a high 96 color rendering index and a proprietary COB LED array that replicates natural sunlight which adds natural brilliance to your videos and stills. It is a professional grade video light with its Television Lighting Consistency Index (TLCI) value of 97.
- 5,000 lumens
- Beam angle of 120°
- CRI 96
- TLCI 97
- Auto off when strobe is fired.
- Red light of 220 lumens with 88° beam angle
Best Underwater Video Lights for Professional Underwater Video:
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"Factory Sealed, Fast Charging & Easy to Operate"
The Light & Motion Sola Video Pro 15000 is designed for photographers and videographers who want the best. It provides a high volume output of 15,000 lumens of light in a small and compact body. The beam is even and without any hotspots. Another great feature of the Sola 15,000 light is that it is factory sealed, so there are no o-rings to maintain. We say this light is for "photographers" as well as videographers, because it's so bright that we have been able to take wide angle photos with it!
- Unbelievably small
- Incredibly useful LED screen
- Stunningly Bright
- 3 hours at 2,500 lumens, 8 hours at 1000 lumens
Read our Sola Pro Video 15,000 Light Review
Kraken Sports Solar Flare Mini 12,000
"Small & Compact, Powerful Output, Vacuum Sealed Battery Compartment"
The Kraken Sports Solar Flare Mini 12,000 is a recent upgrade from Kraken's Solar Flare Mini 8,000. At 12,000 lumens it features 50% more power for the same budget-friendly price! It's flood-resistant with a vacuum sealed battery compartment and an independently sealed video light head. The light is also capable of a 15,000 lumens burst mode in case you did need to use it for photography on the fly.
- Vacuum Sealed Battery Compartment
- Independendtly Sealed Video Light Head
- Burst Mode
- 12,000 lumens output for all types of underwater video
Best Underwater Focus Lights:
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"Great for Macro Video, Great for Focusing"
The Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light is an exclusive focus light from Bluewater Photo. It features a bright and wide white light in a compact body. In addition, it also has a red light which is great for sneaking up skittish creatures (that can't see red). In addition, it comes with a snoot which is great for producing creative macro photos. We recommend this light as the Go-To light for photographers who need additional light to help their cameras focus in lowlight situations.
- 1,000 Lumens
- 100° Wide White Beam and Red Focus Beam
- Modes: White, Red and SOS
- Comes with a snoot for macro shooting
- Double o-ring seal
- Compact and lightweight
- 80 min battery life on full power
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