June 08, 2010

Litepanels flash offering for HD DSLRs

Litepanels' new MicroPro Hybrid is claimed to be the first professional LED light to combine continuous output and flash in one unit.

The new Hybrid’s Continuous Mode provides a soft daylight output (5600K) for video use, while the Flash feature produces a 400% brighter burst for shooting still images, making it well suited for use on HD DSLRs.

The 9-Watt on-camera light produces 1.5 hours of continuous output from six AA batteries or 5-6 hours from Energizer e2 Lithium cells. The system can be run off of either standard or rechargeable batteries. Power can also be supplied through a 5-16v input jack.

An integrated dimmer offers 100% to 0 dimming with "minimal colour shift. Output is flicker free and heat free and remains consistent." There is also an integrated filter holder and three included colour/diffusion gels (3200K, warming and diffusion). Additional filters can be stored on the back of the fixture. A Strobe Sync Cable included at the base of the unit enables a strobe function.

It weighs 300g and measures 139.7x95.25x38.1mm (plus shoe). Options include: a base plate for off-camera usage; articulated camera extension arm; AC Power Adapter; Underwater Housing; DV Adapter Plate for Panasonic, Canon and Sony batteries; and a Handycam Shoe Adapter.

By David Fox

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