Lupo Smartpanel Dual Color: The Brightest On-Camera LED Light in the World

by | Dec 15, 2020 | Gear and Reviews, Lighting

Today, I’m excited to share my experience with the Lupo Smartpanel Dual Color, touted as the brightest on-camera LED video light in the world. Lupo has a reputation for high-quality production lighting, and this model is their venture into more consumer-friendly lights. Let’s dive into what makes this light a standout choice for filmmakers and photographers.

Unboxing and First Impressions

What’s in the Box

  • The Smartpanel Dual Color Light: The main attraction, boasting a solid plastic build with a simple yet robust design.
  • Plastic Diffuser: A simple, practical, and nearly indestructible diffuser.
  • Heavy-Duty Ball Joint: For connecting the light to stands or cameras.
  • Cold Shoe Adapter: Allows attachment to a camera or cage.
  • USB Type-A to Type-C Cable: For powering the light.

Price and Availability

Build and Design

  • Material: Solid feeling plastic, reminiscent of a car bumper in terms of durability.
  • Size: Comparable to an iPhone 11 Pro Max in length and height, but deeper.
  • Controls: Simple on/off switch, two adjustable knobs for brightness and color temperature.
  • Mounting Options: Three quarter-twenty threads on three sides and an AC power socket and USB type-C socket on the fourth side.
  • Battery Indicator: Three LEDs indicating battery charge level.

Performance and Features

Brightness and Color Temperature

  • Luminosity: Rated at 4200 lux at one meter, making it incredibly bright.
  • Color Temperature: Ranges from 3200K to 5600K, offering versatility from daylight to tungsten-like warmth.
  • CRI: High CRI of 96 for accurate color reproduction.

Power Options

  • Versatility: Can be powered by Sony NPF style batteries, AC adapter, USB-C, or V-mount batteries (with an adapter).
  • Convenience: Multiple power options ensure the light is always operational.

Diffuser and Light Quality

  • Diffuser: Simple and effective, though it may leak a bit of light from the sides.
  • Light Quality: Provides a good balance of brightness and diffusion.

User Experience

Adjustability and Ease of Use

  • Dials: Brightness and temperature dials are easy to adjust but can be accidentally moved while repositioning the light.
  • Temperature Readout: Lacks an LCD screen to display exact color temperature and brightness level.

Durability and Weather Resistance

  • Construction: Not waterproof or weather-sealed, with visible vents that could allow moisture ingress.


The Lupo Smartpanel Dual Color is an impressive on-camera LED light, especially for its brightness and color temperature range. While it excels in performance, some minor improvements in design could enhance its usability. It’s a great choice for secondary lighting situations, offering both warm and cool temperature options without the need for gels.

If you’re looking for a powerful, versatile on-camera light, the Lupo Smartpanel Dual Color is definitely worth considering. Check out the following links:

LUPO website:…




Stay Connected

I'm Will Chidlow, passionate about creating visually captivating content that tells a story. Whether it's through video production, photography, or content creation, I'm here to help you share your ideas with the world. Learn more about my work. Follow me on Instagram and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Check out my kit

For a comprehesive list of all the equipment I regularly use for filmmaking, photography & content creation.

View kit list

Let me help you tell your story

Whether you need a one-off “about us” video for your website or 40+ Instagram reels ready to roll, I’m your guy. Contact me and lets grow your ideas.

Join the community

Over on my YouTube channel is where the real party is, come and join the fun.

Related posts