Venom 60 RGB Video Light Review

The Venom 60 RGB underwater vide light features a 6000 lumen beam with a multicolored RGB spotlight for artistic pursuits
By Nirupam Nigam

There are a lot of great options out there when it comes to underwater video lighting. Fortunately, each model of light is unique and fills a specific niche in underwater videography. If you want a high-powered underwater video light that's great for creative pursuits, then the Venom 60 RGB video light is an excellent choice.

The iTorch (now iDiveSite) Venom 60 RGB outputs 6,000 lumens at a 110 degree beam angle which is great for many wide angle video scenes - even with just one light. The color temperature of the beam is 5000K which emulates the color of daylight. The Venom 60's color rendering index (CRI) is 80 which means it does a good job of producing natural, life-like colors. 

We took the Venom 60 for some dives to see just how it did in the cold, dark waters of the Pacific Northwest. 

U.S. MSRP: $599


 

 

 


 

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Venom 60 Specifications

  • 6,000 lumens of output
  • CRI rating of 80
  • 5000K, 100 degree wide beam
  • Depth rated to 100 meters (328 feet)
  • White and Red beams with 10 steps of control
  • Spot white beam, 30 degree beam
  • Spot RGB beam with a spectrum of multiple colors for artistic effects
  • 55 minute burn time
  • Double O-Ring Seal
  • Compatibility with iTorch Remote Control
  • Weight: 0.99 lbs

Venom 60 Features

 

Body and Build

For a 6,000 lumen light, the Venom 60 is very compact and light, weighing in at just under a pound. It's a very robust light and was able to withstand surf entries and heavy currents (and rocks) without show much wear, if any. The double o-ring seal provides an extra level of flood protection. We think this is a great video light for traveling and diving harsh conditions. 

 

Light Controls

The controls on the Venom 60 are unique, simple and fairly intuitive. The light has dial with a button that stacks on top of it. To switch through lighting modes, you press the button, and to adjust the light levels you turn the dial. That's it. Even with thick gloves, it was really easy to quickly adjust the light underwater. 

 

6,000 Lumen Beam

6,000 lumens of light is plenty powerful for most underwater video applications. In many low light situations, it's even too much light - but thankfully the beam power is adjustable. We think this light is a great option for both wide angle and macro underwater video. With a 110 degree beam angle, some wide angle videographers would be happy with one light, but in some cases it can be better to have two. For macro video, one light is enough power and beam angle, unless you want two lights for creative lighting. The 5000K color temperature is relatively neutral. The CRI rating of the beam is 80 - which means colors from the subject are rendered quite well. That being said, there are other lights on the market that have a better CRI rating, like the Kraken 5000 S+.

 

RGB Mode

The Venom 60 has RGB LEDs which can produce a spotlight spectrum of multiple colors. Though the RGB beam is relatively narrow at 30 degrees, it can be very useful for artsy shots - particularly for photographic applications. Photographers can use the light to produce interesting colors and backlighting in their images. Videographers can do so as well, as long as they use the light as a supplemental light or use the RGB mode for macro video. 

 

Pros

  • Great price for 6,000 lumens of output (at Bluewater)
  • Solid, compact build
  • Cool RGB mode
  • Nice beam angle

Cons

  • CRI rating could be higher

Conclusions

Overall, we think the Venom 60 is a great light for anyone who needs a versatile video light that can do both wide angle and macro underwater video light. It's also a great light for someone who wants some creative flare in their content. After all, the RGB mode gives you access to a lot of colors on the spectrum. Finally, the Venom 60 is a great light for divers that frequently travel or dive in tough conditions. For videographers that really care about their colors and do a lot of post processing and white balance correction, there are other lights on the market with a better CRI rating. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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