Aputure MC Pro is 4x brighter than its non-Pro predecessor
Aputure has today announced the new Aputure MC Pro (buy here). It’s 4x brighter than the standard Aputure MC. It also swaps out the silicone dome diffuser for a magnetic accessory mount. The MC Pro has an IP65 rating for use in extreme weather, with LumenRadio CRMX wireless control.
Along with the massively increased brightness, though, the Aputure MC Pro also offers wider colour control over the original. Rather than the standard 3,200-6,500K of the original MC, the MC Pro offers 2,000-10,000K thanks to its higher-end RGBWW LED chipset. As well as being able to buy individually, the MC Pro is also available in a new 8-light kit.
Although a new product, the Aputure MC Pro does share a lot in common with the Aputure MC. It sports the same “credit card-sized” form factor. Both lights also offer RGB lighting capabilities, but the MC Pro comes with a new upgraded system that offers a wider colour gamut that’s more comparable to its higher-end RGBWW lights. You still get remote control with the Sidus Link smartphone app, with a number of mounting options.
Probably the biggest feature of the new Aputure MC Pro is the upgraded RGBWW lighting system. With a word like “Pro” in its name, you know Aputure is targeting this light towards more demanding users. Users who might need to match it with other light sources. And while the original Aputure MC did a pretty good job, the MC Pro does it better. About the new LED design, Aputure says:
The upgraded LED design not only results in increased output power but also expanded color controls and CCT range, from 2,000K to 10,000K with green-magenta adjustment. This chipset can reproduce >90% of all colors within the Rec. 2020 color space and produces faithful skin tones with a CRI/TLCI score of 96 […] consistent with Aputure’s high color accuracy standards across all product lines.
You get a whole bunch of different FX modes with the Aputure MC Pro, grouped as Manual FX, System FX, Picker FX, Magic Program and Music FX. Inside the System FX, we’ve got the usual array of effects, including Fireworks, Fire, Paparazzi, Faulty Bulb, TV, Pulsing, Cop Car, Lightning, Party Lights, Welding, Colour Chase, Candle, Strobe, Explosion and Club Lights.
For mounting, you’ve got a standard 1/4-20″ threaded socket as well as a bunch of rear-mounted neodymium magnets to let you attach it to metal surfaces. This is very handy for putting lights in challenging places, like underneath a car’s open hood (or trunk), underneath a metal shelf, attached to a pipe or on similar surfaces found in your shooting environment. Wherever they’re mounted, you get a number of remote control options including from within the Sidus Link smartphone app or over LumenRadio CRMX or even wired DMX.
When it comes to battery life, you get about 2 hours of use at maximum output from the fully-charged built-in 4,200mAh battery. And that internal battery charges up in just 90 minutes. So, you could effectively keep it powered by a USB charger without it ever running out – or a USB power bank if you need it to run away from the wall for an extended time. If you’re going to be using it in the rain, though, make sure your power bank is IP65 rated, too!
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.