Godox Knowled MG1200Bi LED Film Light VS Nanlux Evoke 1200B

As aimed at the professional film industry, Nanlux Evoke 1200B and Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi were released as signature LED Film Lights. Both lights expect to change the game for gaffers and cinematographers on large film and television productions, offering subtle lighting with high colour accuracy. 

But do they? Let's examine the benefits of the two LED film lights and their distinctions.

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi
Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi
Evoke 1200Bi Pro

Similarities Between KNOWLED MG1200Bi & Evoke 1200B LED Film Light

Both lights have exceptional colour rendering abilities. The Godox KNOWLED LED light has a CRI and TLCI rating of >96 & 96, with  Evoke being introduced with a CRI and TLCI rating of 96 & 97. However, both lamps offer exceptional colour rendering qualities for general lighting and superb colour accuracy in television and video production.

With dimming from 0.1% to 100%, each light offers versatility, energy efficiency, improved visual comfort, and customisation of lighting levels in different scenarios. Similarly, both LED film lights feature an IP54 rating, which can withstand rain and moisture. It is suitable for gardens, patios, or any outdoor area. This feature also ensures that these lights are reasonably protected against dust, making them suitable for environments with moderate dust levels.

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Differences Between EVOKE 1200B And MG1200Bi LED Video Light

Physical Design

The Evoke 1200Bi LED Video Light is built using aluminium die-cast alloys, while the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi is built with rugged metal construction. Both types of materials are durable and strong enough for a normal LED light. However, with a maximum power consumption of up to 1400W, the MG1200Bi's metal construction makes it extremely durable compared to the aluminium one. It is designed to withstand harsh conditions and physical impacts, making it ideal for high-risk areas. Despite the aluminium being more lightweight, the MG1200Bi comes with extended warranties due to its expected long lifespan. It can result in cost savings over time as fewer replacements are needed.

On the other hand, the Evoke 1200Bi LED Film Light resembles the Arri Orbiter in appearance and also has two mounting points that slide into the quick-release mounts. However, the mounting plate can’t be adjusted without a tool because the yoke frame only has a single lock-off mechanism. 

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Video Lights
MG1200Bi LED Light
Rugged Metal 
Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi Spot light
Evoke 1200Bi Pro
Aluminium Die-Cast Alloy

Brightness Output

  • With Light Only 

The MG1200Bi is a robust lighting fixture offering an impressive brightness of up to 78,800 Lux at 5600K, 3m with the Fresnel lens. While the Evoke 1200Bi says it delivers a luminance of 61,030 Lux at a 3m distance when equipped with a reflector. Meanwhile, if you need the most brightness and control, the MG1200Bi may be the better choice. Additionally, when you attach light modifiers to the MG1200Bi, you can achieve significantly greater brightness compared to other lighting sources.


  • With Fresnel Lens

When using these lights with its fresnel lens, the Godox MG1200Bi light produces more red colour in the image shown below (image source: Vital Productions), revealing that it is 2/3 of a stop more powerful than the Nanlux. It makes the MG1200Bi a worthy investment for cinematographers working on films or other productions where high output is needed. Likewise, the Nanlux Evoke 1200B might require an additional Evoke light to equal the same output as the Godox light. 

One more standout feature of the Godox MG1200Bi is its ease of changing the fresnel in the Godox light compared to the Nanlux. If the Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi has to remove the whole fresnel lens with the yolk included, in contrast, the MG1200Bi only needs to remove the fresnel lens. Therefore, the Godox MG1200Bi is more valuable for on-the-go videographers because of its ability to easily change and remove.

Nanlux Evoke 1200B
4300K ±0CC        F6.3 IOS20000 180.00°        DC IN 14.1v
Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi
4300K ±0CC        F6.3 IOS20000 180.00°        DC IN 14.1v
  • With Reflectors 

When it comes to reflectors, the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi takes the lead, offering 500,000 lux, which is more than double the Nanlux Evoke produces 200,000 lux at a 45-degree and 1m distance. Therefore, the Godox MG1200Bi significantly outshines the Nanlux Evoke 1200B in practical applications, making it a powerful lighting solution for professional use. Likewise, at 5600K, the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi also outshines with its 500,000 lux at 1m, while the Nanlux Evoke 1200B offers 270,000 lux at the same distance. This data emphasises the Godox MG1200Bi’s ability to deliver exceptional brightness and coverage when precision and intensity are necessary.

Heat Management

The Godox MG200Bi has been engineered to prevent overheating with a fan system that combines both bottom and back fans. The dual-fan creates a robust cooling network to keep temperatures in check, allowing the MG1200Bi to operate at its best even during prolonged use. This feature ensures the longevity of LED lights, especially with powerful LED lights like the MG1200Bi.

The Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi Video Light takes different approaches with a large fan and strategically placed heatsinks. The fixture will stay cool during strenuous shooting sessions thanks to its effective heat-dissipation design. However, Nanlux warns that “please take care when using the lamp for long periods as the surface temperature can be high”. 

Godox KNOWLED MG1200BI Fan System (1)

More advanced, the MG1200Bi LED Light has a built-in temperature gauge and intelligent thermal protection. Meanwhile, it will automatically sound an alert when the light and power supply are operating at dangerously high temperatures. If you work outside or in a hot indoor setting, the MG1200Bi will automatically turn off or unplug the light. When compared, the MG1200Bi allows you to increase the light’s lifespan and preserve its integrity more than the Evoke 1200B.

Mounting System 

While many LED lights utilise a Bowens mount, the Evoke 1200B and MG1200Bi have taken a different approach due to the size and power of both lights. To sustain the weight of the attached accessories, both lights needed to employ an extremely sturdy mount with a locking mechanism. So, the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Light is built using the newest mounting mechanism, known as the G-mount, while the Evoke 1200Bi LED Video Light on the opposite side is compatible with the NL mount.

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The MG1200Bi uses the newest intelligent accessory as it is aimed at a specific segment of the market - the professional film industry. To optimise production efficiency, the Godox G-mount is built with an optical sensor, allowing the recognition of specific accessories. It guarantees that the colour temperature is always constant, no matter what modifier is being used. Beyond the three fans' support, the large G-mount size also helps to prevent overheating during your shooting. Moreover, its size allows for more secure attachment of light modifiers or accessories.

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi 
Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi LED Film Light
Nanlux Evoke 1200B Pro 

Weights and Dimensions

The Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi LED Film Light measures 330x241x210mm/12.99×9.48×8.26” without yoke and weighs approximately 7.75kg/17.09lbs. While the power supply alone weighs in at 10.5 kg/kg (23.14 lbs). The MG1200Bi weighs 16 kg and measures 22.8 x 14.9 x 13.9, making it larger and heavier than the Evoke. To be honest, the MG1200Bi LED Light is heavier because it offers more innovative features. But its weight is still more manageable than a regular HMI with a comparable level of output.

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These lights are certainly being targeted as a versatile, high-output spotlight for professionals in the TV and film industries. Both LED Film Lights appeal to those who are looking for a high-output fixture that can replace a traditional HMI. However, it appears that the Godox MG1200Bi LED Light offers considerably more advantages than the Nanlux Evoke 1200Bi Video Light due to both its innovative design and its success at the TIPA Awards 2023. Currently, the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi prices £3,275.00, while the Nanlux Evoke 1200B retails for £3,414.00.  

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