The FIVERAY M40 is a game-changer for photographers who value portability and efficiency. This pocket-sized powerhouse offers incredible value for money, given its performance capabilities and compact dimensions. With a size of 136.5×77.8x29mm and weighing in at only 320g, it is perfect for photographers and videographers who want to travel light without sacrificing quality.
One of the standout features of the M40 is its impressive brightness. Despite its small size, it packs a punch with a maximum power output of 40W, rivaling the performance of larger, more expensive lighting solutions. The device offers a wide colour temperature range of 2700K-6200K, catering to various lighting scenarios with a high CRI index (≥96) and TLCI (≥97), ensuring accurate colour rendition.
The FIVERAY M40 is incredibly easy to use, with dual wheels for precise dimming and adjustments to colour temperature. The 1/4-inch threaded hole on the fold-down mount arms, one on the base and one on the side, allows easy mounting on tripods or light stands with a 1/4-inch adapter, providing a quick lighting setup. The 360° rotational stand further expands its versatility, enabling multiple positioning options to suit different shooting situations.
Despite its numerous advantages, the M40 does have some drawbacks. The most notable is its limited battery life when operating at full power. With a runtime of only 29 minutes, you may need to carry extra batteries or a power source for longer shoots and I found the SmallRig VB99 an ideal partner.
Another downside is the absence of Bluetooth connectivity, which could limit remote control options for those who prefer a wireless setup. Lastly, the M40 has limited light modifier options, potentially hindering its adaptability in some situations.
The FIVERAY M40 is a fantastic investment for photographers seeking a compact, powerful, and versatile lighting solution. While it does have some minor shortcomings, its benefits far outweigh the negatives. The M40’s durable design, build quality, and affordable price make it an attractive choice for both amateur and professional photographers.