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.

Conclusion

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: https://lupo.it/en/fotografia/smartpa…

USA: https://store.lupo.it/en/smartpanel/s…

UK: https://www.proav.co.uk/lupo-smartpan…

 

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