Ring lighting is widely used in professional photography and film making for the softening effect it has on the skin, reducing wrinkles and smoothing out imperfections. This new £21.99 ring lighting kit from the well established ESDDI brand is not the cheapest out there but does has the reassurance of a name brand behind it.
In the rather plain box is the 10″ USB powered ring light, mini tripod, flexible gooseneck phone mount, ball and socket tripod mount, Bluetooth remote control with a CR2 battery, and a user guide for both the remote control and ring light. Build quality seems fine for the price. The ring light feels a little flimsy but works well enough, the gooseneck mount and ball and socket mount are made from robust metal with the phone mount from tough plastic. Treat the ring light with care but otherwise, all seems robust and well made.
Usage is simple enough. For portraits fit the ring light to the tripod using the ball and socket mount, and screw the gooseneck to the inside fitting of the ring light and position the phone upright and forward of the light for best effect. Alternatively, the phone can be mounted on the mini tripod and a separate tripod used for the ring light.
The unit is powered through USB and has an in-line backlit control pod which scrolls through the three Colour Temperature settings (3000K, 4000K, 5600K), the ten brightness levels, and Off/On. The lighting ring is quite lightweight and is unlikely to survive a severe impact, but that aside seems fine.
The Bluetooth 3.0 remote has proper clicky buttons and worked reliably, well for me and was quick and easy to pair, although all it does it take a photo or start/end video recording. There are two buttons on the remote but I found both triggered my Android 10 phone. I was pleased to see a CR2 button-type battery was included in the set. If the remote pairs but will not work with your camera app, download and use the dedicated camera 360 app.
This budget-priced kit can be used for selfies, in beauty or hair salons where precise lighting is required or for general photographic or video use. It would make a nice gift for anyone with an interest in any of those activities or for a YouTuber or Tik Toker.
Robust Well Made Tripod
Lightweight Ring Light
No Storage Case