The ZHIYUN MOLUS G200 might require a bit more time to set up compared to the other ZHIYUN lights due to the need for an AC power input rather than being able to be powered by an internal, small external or battery grip. However, considering the boost in power output to choose this light over the X100 obviously means you need that extra power, and the small additional set-up time ultimately pays off and is more in line with other lamps of this brightness value, although there is no V-Mount power option which is otherwise quite common.
Another break from conventional design and the rest of the ZHIYUN lighting range is the fact that the lamp comes in two parts, the lamp and the power module, both of which connect to each other by means of a cable. The need to mount this power module onto the lighting stand, as example, might initially seem like a hassle. Still, it has the added advantage of making the controls more accessible. You can easily tweak settings without awkwardly reaching behind the lamp unit, a real bonus during extended shooting sessions.
When it comes to versatility, the universal Bowens mount is a great choice rather than developing their propriety mount. This essentially means that you can use ZHIYUN’s range of light modifiers but also opens the door to any other third-party accessories that fit the Bowens mount. This flexibility makes the G200 highly adaptable, as with the X100 before it.
The control box on the power module is quite straightforward. It features simple, user-friendly dials that let you adjust brightness and colour temperature easily.
But where the G200 really stands out is when it’s connected to the ZY Vega smartphone app. The app enables remote adjustments to individual lights, such as the G200 on the test, but also supports a mesh system that lets you connect and control multiple G200 units or other compatible ZHIYUN lamps. Whether you need to adjust one light or orchestrate a complex lighting setup, the app enables you to do this with relative ease. You can control each unit individually or as a group, providing a level of control and convenience that you would usually associate with a lighting control desk.