Aputure LS C120D II is a 180 W COB LED type light that is capable of producing 67000 lux at 1m with a Fresnel 2X. Godox SL60W, on the other hand, is from another league, it is a 60W COB LED light that offers a great value for money. It also has some nice features that do not come with some expensive LED lights. In this post, we’ll take a look at the differences and similarities of both lights and analyze their price to performance ratio. Let’s compare Aputure LS C120D II vs Godox SL60W.
Price Comparison | Aputure C120D II vs Godox SL60W
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Aputure C120D II vs Godox SL60W
Color Temperature and Accuracy
Both models fall around a similar daylight color temperature. The Aputure LS C120D II supports a 5500K color temperature while the Godox SL60W supports 5600K for the same. Color temperatures don’t give much idea to us about the light quality and that is where the CRI and TLCI come up, higher the number better the results. Both models score a very nice >95 CRI rating. A more important value is the TLCI, and LS C120D II can produce a very high score of 97 whereas the SL60W falls back with 90. 90 in TLCI is not a bad score at all. Aputure C120D II is much expensive than the Godox model and it is expected to overpower the later one.
Winner: Aputure LS C120D II (Amazon) – Offers better color accuracy
At 1m, Aputure LS C120D II records 7000 lux (at 5500K) superior to the 4100 lux (at 5600K) in Godox SL60W. We have to keep in mind that both models have different power ratings. For a more meaningful comparison, let take account of the lux per watt value. The Aputure LS C120D II LED outputs around 39 lux per watt at 1 meter whereas the Godox SL60W LED output around 68 lux at the same distance. So we can see that the SL60W is almost twice as efficient as the C120D II.
Winner: Godox SL60W (Amazon) – Offers more light per watt at a cheaper price.
The 180W Aputure LS C120D II comes with a V-mount battery plate so you can use external battery power when there is no power socket to draw power from. This can be handy if you have to shoot outdoor in a secluded area where you cannot find a power supply. However, you should pack very high power (above 150Wh) batteries with you if you want to boost the light up to 100%. In contrast, Godox SL60W does not support a battery.
Both models are designed to work all over the world and hence come with AC100~240V 50/60Hz power supply rating and 2A current rating. This allows you to travel around with them and suit up for a shoot anywhere without worrying about any circuit damage to your lights.
Winner: Aputure LS C120D II (Amazon) – Offers support for external battery power
Body and Control
Aputure LS C120D II is heavier than the Godox SL60W. The LS C120D II weighs at 2.2kg whereas the later one only weighs 1.61kg. Keep in mind that this should not stop you from buying the 120D II as it has a nice build quality with a more professional touch. Just make sure that you are not using a lame tripod to hook up your light to eliminate the risk of falling. Also, both models come with the universal Bowens mount that allows you to select from a vast collection of modifiers and other accessories.
Now that we discussed weight, let’s talk more about the body. The control box that comes with the Aputure LS C120D II is heavier than Godox SL60W due to the control box that has both the battery and supply unit inside it. However, the Godox SL60W does not have a control box but comes with an LCD screen behind the lamp to control the light. SL60W also features a superior remote (but with a lesser range of 20m) with a nice display that lets you monitor the temperature and control the lights. This feature is missing from C120D II as its remote has no display, and hence you need to look at the light while controlling it. But, note that LS C120D II provides a larger wireless range of 100m and a fast operation with the remote.
Winner: Aputure LS C120D II (Amazon) – Offers a control box and provides a larger wireless range than Godox SL60W
Godox SL60W can dim its light down to 10% whereas the Aputure C120D II features dimming all the way down to 0%. This may help the filmmakers to induce blackout transition or fading in effects on production without going to post-processing. The dimming functionality comes in handy as it eliminates the need to switch from brighter to dim light.
Winner: Aputure LS C120D II (Amazon) – Offers more control over dimming
Aputure C120D Mark II comes with 3 cable parts and is heftier to set up the lighting. This can cause you a good loss of time before you get familiar with the system. In contrast, the SL60W comes with only one long power cable. You take the one end that connects to the supply, take the other end, and connect it behind the light. You can start working now. This is a serious problem the former one as the control box weighs too much as well, and there are risks of the connector being removed due to stress amid a shoot.
Specifications | Aputure C120D II vs Godox SL60W
|Feature||Aputure LS C120D II||Godox SL60W|
|Power Consumption||180 W maximum||60 W maximum|
|Power Supply||AC100~240V 50/60Hz||AC100~240V 50/60Hz|
|LED Type||Chip on Board||Chip on Board|
|Color Temperature||5500K||5600K ± 200K|
|Photometrics (only light unit)||7000 lux at 1m(5500K)||4100 lux at 1m(5600K)|
|Size||300 x 193 x 124 mm||230 x 240 x 140 mm|
|Weight||2.2 kg||1.61 kg|
|Dimming||0 to 100%||10 to 100%|
|Battery Plate||1 x V-Mount||NA|
|Power Input Connector||5-Pin XLR||3-Pin|
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Conclusion | Aputure LS C120D II vs Godox SL60W
Godox SL60W is a beast with a better output per watt and also delivers a nice quality light, whereas Aputure LS C120D II offers a brighter light output overall and also comes with support for external battery power.
If you’re just looking for a light to set up in your studio, we highly recommend going with Godox SL60W (Amazon). You can purchase multiple Godox SL60W LED lights at the price of Aputure LS C120D II and get a very bright light output.
However, if you plan to take the LED out with you on different locations, Aputure LS C120D II (Amazon) will be a suitable option because of the external battery support. Plus, you’ll be getting a bright light output from a single source.