Aputure Amaran MX – the Brightest Mini LED on the Market

Aputure have unofficially announced a new mini LED light to cinema5D. The credit-card sized light is 5 times brighter than its predecessor and has some very nice features under its belt.

Aputure MX Mini LED Light

Aputure MX Mini LED Light

After the widely popular Aputure M9 light, which was regarded to be the smallest portable light on the market at the time, Aputure are about to release a new version of the mini LED, with more power and colour temperature control. After feedback from their users, Aputure decided to update the M9 that is super durable, bright and has a thread.

It is about the same size as the Aputure M9, but twice as thick. It is built out of aircraft grade aluminum with a brass coating on the outside. It has a built-in battery that will last about 8 hours at minimum light power usage, and at maximum brightness for about an hour. The Aputure M9 has 9 LED lights compared to the Aputure MX has 2086 led lights with a 120 degree beam angle. In  bi-colour mode the Aputure MX mini LED has a colour temperature range from 2300 – 6800K. Colour rendering has always been an important factor for Aputure products, and this new light has a TLCI & CRI rating of 97. It is 5 times brighter than the Aputure M9. In addition, for even more brightness, you can activate a booster mode, which goes beyond the incredible brightness that it offers, for about 60 seconds.

The Aputure MX is not yet available, but will have an estimated price between US125 – 150.

What do you think of the Aputure MX prototype? What would you like to add to this light? Please let us know in the comments below!

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James Bridges Reply
James Bridges September 18, 2017

Have you tested Blind Spot Gear’s Tile Light

Johnnie Behiri September 18, 2017

Hi James.

Yes I did (https://www.cinema5d.com/get-more-out-of-your-portable-light/).

For the size, the new Aputure Amaran MX light strength is simply amazing.

Thank you.


Paolo Lutha Borroni Reply
Paolo Lutha Borroni September 18, 2017

va che dissipatore li dietro

Jack Laster Reply
Jack Laster September 18, 2017

$150ish? Built-in rechargeable batteries? If these are as good as they look, I’d happily buy 5 or 6.

Goran Stepic September 18, 2017

5 times brighter than Aputure M9 light would mean 5 x 350 lux at 0.5 meters = 1650 lux at 0.5 meters? Take my money now!

Ramon Solorio Reply
Ramon Solorio September 18, 2017

Those look great! But what bag does Nic have on??????

Richard Sisk Reply
Richard Sisk September 18, 2017

Wow! I hope they release this ASAP! I would buy a bunch!

Anthony browning Reply
Anthony browning September 18, 2017

Really want to like this but built in battery only lasts an hour at brightest? Would be all over this if it had external battery plates. I understand they are going for credit card design but no time to sit there and recharge when your on a shoot.

Catalin Onufrei March 10, 2018

With the Aputure M9 you could power it through the usb port, so I’d connect it to my 20,000Mah battery pack and ran it for hours…. I’d imagine it’s the same here, just heat since more LEDs and smaller so reckon perhaps not so good to run it continuous for hours…

Dale Berman September 18, 2017

Light looks very cool. I hope it comes out soon because I am looking for a smaller light weight LED bi color light. Right now I use a Torch bi color light and with a battery it becomes very top heavy on top of my camera. I also use this kind of LED light sometimes when I am shooting BTS set stills and I have to color balance to the different color temperatures of the various sets. Does this allow a 1/4 20 thread to hold the light? At that price range I would buy a few of these lights.

David Thompson Reply
David Thompson September 19, 2017

I want this for sure

Dominik Istenic Reply
Dominik Istenic September 19, 2017

Sebastjan Oblak

David Lewin Reply
David Lewin September 19, 2017

Not sure I like the built-in battery. I’d prefer to be able to swap batteries out when one dies and keep shooting.

Miguel Cornejo Reply
Miguel Cornejo September 20, 2017

Blind your subject 😉